Army History

Battle Of Kohima 75th Anniversary: UK Leads Commemorations

Nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives during the battle.

A painting of the battle by Terence Cuneo (Picture Kohima Museum).

The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima has been marked with international commemorations. 

It was a turning point in the Second World War and a decisive Japanese defeat. 

On Thursday, the Defence Secretary paid tribute to members of the Armed Forces leading commemorations, and the British High Commissioner to India laid a wreath in Kohima, alongside the Japanese ambassador and representatives of regiments who fought there 75 years ago.

Situated in Nagaland, north-east India, Kohima will see a year of commemorations in the region.

A Japanese division attempted to spearhead an invasion of the country during the Second World War.

Nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives during the battle, which was fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “On the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima, we remember the 4,000 British and Commonwealth servicemen who lost their lives during the battle.

"This was a vital turning point in the Second World War and their sacrifice helped to change the course of history.

"I’m proud that representatives of our Armed Forces will be in Kohima today to pay tribute to those who served there.”

Watch: Forces News attended the commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the battle in 2014.

British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith said: “I am privileged to lay a wreath today at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery in Kohima alongside the Japanese ambassador and representatives of British regiments who fought here 75 years ago.

"Today is a time to pay tribute to the bravery of all those who fought together; to remember that they were also fathers, sons and brothers; and to reflect on the sacrifices they made.”