World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ASIA: The Admiral Could Not Laugh

Imphal is the capital of the little state of Manipur. It lies in a swampy valley, famous in agriculture for its rice and tea production, famous in sport as the place where polo was invented. Last week it threatened to become famous militarily as the place where the Allies' Burma campaign of 1943-44 came to a bad end.

Crossing the Chin and Naga Hills, three Japanese columns of uncertain strength were converging on Imphal, which lies just a little to the east of the lateral railroad that extends 250 miles to Ledo—the supply...

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