Burma Star Association
Burma Star Association

Diary 1941-45

The Burma Campaign took place between December 1941 and September 1945, although the rumbling threat to peaceful existence in Burma was very much apparent in pre-1939 years. This diary of events covers from 1941 to 45 but campaign veterans will know that mopping up operations continued for some time after the official surrender of the Japanese.


Burma is a country of numerous types of terrain; acrid plains, lush vegetation, swamp, dense jungle, bamboo forests, mountainous regions and great rivers. There are large Cities, smaller towns and many villages. In this diary, the men and women of the Burma Campaign will recognise names of places where they fought, sailed, flew or nursed. You will be able to follow the action from start to finish; from 'Defeat Into Victory' (to use 'Uncle Bill's' own words), in the war against the Japanese Imperial might.


The general information of this diary of events, concentrates mainly of forward action and overall battle strategy. It should and must be noted however, that both the retreat, and more  so the advance, of the British, American, Burmese, African, Gurkha and Chinese troops and other forces, depended largely upon naval supplies and transport: on American and RAF air forces for ground attacks from the air; the dropping of supplies; defence of the airfields and other installations; on the Service Depots, Transport Stores, and the Nursing and Medical services, especially the C.C.S. (Casualty Clearing Stations), all of whom were subject to being, bombed, shelled or infiltrated by the enemy. They suffered injury and death, the sickness and other adversities, in just the same way as the front line combat troops. Doctors, nurses, stretcher-bearers, ministers and welfare workers and many, many more, are worthy of special mention.


The writer again grateful acknowledges the kind permission of 'Bison Books' of London for allowing reproduction of the Burma content from 'The World Almanac of World War Two'.

When you go home

tell them of us and say,

For your tomorrow,

we gave our today

Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945 Lt Gen Slim at Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, in March 1945
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