World Battlefronts: Burma Road in the Sky?

End of Burma's Oil The Japanese threw fresh thousands upon already outnumbering thousands into the Burma front. Even the Chinese, who preach and practice an end to brave retreats, had to fall back. So did the British to the west of them.

The oilfield at Yenangyaung, chief of the Burmese wells, which could produce 7,979,000 barrels a year, had to be blasted and wrecked by the retreating British, is now a ruin, useless to friend and foe alike. Gone is the chief and nearest supply of oil for China. Gone, apparently, was any hope of holding a line in Burma until the...