World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF BURMA: Pick's Pike

Allied troops in north Burma and southeast China were only 26 miles apart across the savage mountains. They fought toward each other in wild, monsoon-sodden terrain (see map). But even if they succeeded in joining, it would be only a token. The real consideration in this remote. Godforsaken battleground is a road—and the road has to wait for clean-up in the rear, and until other terrain suitable for road-building is cleared by the fighters.

When the road is done; it will link the Calcutta railhead of Ledo in India with China. Only then will Lieut. General Joseph W. Stilwell...

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