World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: On to Rangoon

The battle for central Burma was won. Lieut. General Sir William Slim's British and Indian troops had a notable victory. Their Mandalay-Meiktila campaign (TIME, March 19) had broken seven Japanese divisions in what was, by official description, "a merry slaughter." Last week the British Fourteenth Army moved ahead for a swift cleanup of all Burma.

A new phase was on: the campaign to capture Rangoon. This week General Slim's men were within 220 miles of that final goal. In twelve days they had pierced 70 miles south of Meiktila along the Mandalay-Rangoon railroad, and had overrun the Chauk oil fields,...

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