March -July 1944 Witness the Greatest War in Southeast Asia during World War 2

March 21- 26, 1944, a very significant battle, a prelude to the famous battles of Kohima and Imphal. The 50th Indian Para Brigade were near Sangshak for Jungle training. Sangshak is a Naga village built on the top of a narrow ridge at about 6,000 feet above sea level. On the Northern side heavy jungle comes right up to the huts and the whole area is covered with scrub and grass. They never imagine in their wildest dream that divisions of Japanese army are on its way towards Sangshak. The Paras were ill prepared for war to the extent that they did not even have a steel Helmet nor any barbed wire. The 50th Para led by Brigadier Hope Thomson held the garrison at Sangshak for a week against the strong 15th and 31st Japanese Army until they were ordered to withdraw. In the words of Field Marshall Slim, “ It was the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade that bore the brunt of the enemy’s powerful flanking attack, and by their staunchness gave the garrison of Imphal the vital time required to adjust their defence”.

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Jemadar Abdul Hafiz VC(Victoria Cross)

Abdul Hafiz was born in Kalanaur Village in Punjab, India. His father name was Nur Muhammad and mother was Hamidan. He was married to Jigri Begum.
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Message from Chairman of the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade Association

I write as Chairman of the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade Association and as Signals Officer with the Brigade at Sangshak.

Maurice Bell Chairman,50th Indian Parachute Brigade Association
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Mostly relevant with 1939-1945 incidents that happen in and around North East India and Burma. The focus is mainly on World war 2, with special reference to Burma Campaign in General.

Started in 2009 with the aim to find out more info about the great war fought in North East India.

Planning to start a museum with all the findings and documents.

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