Imphal War cemetery

Commonwealth War Cemetery Imphal

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-05-09

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The Imphal War cemetery is located just off the National highway 2 near Dhawlaland opposite of the DM College Grounds. The Cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission like the one in Kohima, Lido& Guwahati, with graves of more than 1600 officers and soldiers from United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India, Africa, and Burma who died during the second world war in Eastern front. Initially the Cemetery had 950 odd burials but after the war remains from 2 smaller cemeteries near Imphal were also brought here taking the total to 1600. There are Brass Plaques with names of fallen soldiers marking the each of the graves.

After the fall of Burma in 1942 the British Commonwealth retreated to Manipur to reinforce and create a restaging area for a counter offensive. Imphal became the base of for the 23rd Indian Division which later on became the 14th Commonwealth Army Group, by 1944. Considering the importance of Imphal in the Indo Burmese front the Japanese forces started attack Imphal with bombing and severing the road link between Imphal and Dimapur during the spring of 1944. The Siege of Imphal was held for a period of more than 3 months which eventually got over with the 14th Army winning the Battle of Imphal in 1944 when the British forces from Kohima and Imphal met at 109 Milestone. Battle of Imphal is considered as one of the most important battle along with Battle of Kohima. Battle of Imphal is also considered as Normandy of the east due to high causality rate. The number of Japanese causalities in Battle of Imphal was around 50000 while 18000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives in this battle.

The Cemetry has a impressive gate with guard house on either side (supposed to the information desk) The central walkway lead to the cross at the other end of the cemetery while the graves are laid out on either sides of the central walkway. The cemetery is open for visit from 9.00 in the morning to 4.00 in the evening. Eating, Drinking, Smoking and pets are not allowed inside the cemetery.


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