BATTLE OF ASIA: Victorious Anticlimax

The Allied campaign in western Burma reached an anticlimax. For more than two miserable, rain-soaked years, British and Indian troops had tried to reach Akyab. malarial island port well down the coast toward Rangoon. Now they looked upon it from Foul Point, across four miles of treacherous water, and steeled themselves for a tough amphibious operation.

Last year Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten's Southeast Asia Command had been denied landing craft because of more urgent needs in Europe, but now at last there were enough to permit an assault on Akyab. It was...

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