Battle of Imphal

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  • Imphal War Cemetery
    Imphal War Cemetery
    Photo by Ranjit Moirangthem
  • Maibam Lotpa Ching
    Maibam Lotpa Ching
    The Japanese-constructed India Peace Memorial at Maibam Lotpa Ching on the Tiddim Road.
    Photo by Ranjit Moirangthem
  • Nungshigum
    View from Nungshigum massif towards the Ukhrul Road.
    Photo by Ranjit Moirangthem
  • Imphal Main or Koirengei Airfield.
    Imphal Main or Koirengei Airfield.
    The Airfield was critical for receiving supplies and reinforcements during the Battle of Imphal.
    Photo by Ranjit Moirangthem
  • INA Memorial Complex
    INA Memorial Complex
    The Complex includes the site where the Indian tri-colour was hoisted for the first time in April 1944.
    Photo by Ranjit Moirangthem

The Battle of Imphal Tours

“Imphal was one of the greatest Allied victories of the war, a turning point as significant in Asia as EI Alamein and Stalingrad had been in Africa and Europe” - Peter Heehs, History Today

"The war in Burma was a combination of jungle war, mountain war, desert war, and naval war…" - Col. Fuwa Masao in Louis Allen, Burma - The Longest War

In 1944, the British Fourteenth Army and the Japanese Fifteenth Army clashed around the town of Imphal, Manipur, in North East India in what has since been described as one of the greatest battles of the Second World War. Indeed, the combined battle of Imphal and Kohima is considered among the greatest defeats on land ever for the Japanese. In April 2013, Imphal/Kohima was voted 'Britain's Greatest Battle' by the UK's National Army Museum. It is also the main turning point of the Second World War's Burma Campaign.  

The Tours

We at Battle of Imphal Tours organise and conduct guided tours to the main Second World War battlefields in both India and Burma/Myanmar. Among others, this includes Imphal and Kohima in North East India and places such as Mandalay, Meiktila, Rangoon/Yangon, and Myitkyina in Burma/Myanmar. All of these are original tours: they have been conceptualised, researched, designed and launched by our founder, Hemant Singh Katoch. The first battlefield tour was launched in Imphal in early 2013; since then an entire series of tours covering the main Burma Campaign battlefields and sites of interest in both India and Burma/Myanmar have been developed.

In 2022, the first battlefield tour on the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891 was launched.

>> Tours: See what battlefield tours are on offer in India and in Burma/Myanmar here.

>> Testimonials: See what our clients have to say about our battlefield tours. 

>> In The Media: See what has been said about us in the media.

Note: Due to COVID-19 and the volatile security situation in Myanmar since 1 February 2021, the Myanmar tours have been suspended until further notice.

The Battle

Besides offering battlefield tours, we also aim to increase awareness about the 1944 Battle of Imphal and the Second World War experience of the state of Manipur in North East India.

>> The Battle: Find out more about the Battle of Imphal here.

>> Manipur and WWII:
Learn about Manipur's experience of the Second World War here.

>> Sights: Discover sights relating to the Battle of Imphal and the War in Manipur here.

Books: Find out more about the books we have written here.