Talk:Burma Campaign 1944–45

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Burma National Army position[edit]

When I first created this page, I placed the Burma National Army as Allied combatants, and Aung San as an Allied commander. In the latest version, the BNA has been moved to the Japanese side, while Aung San remains an Allied commander, albeit under a British Commonwealth flag which I am sure he would have refused to acknowledge in his lifetime.

To the best of my knowledge and research, the BNA did not participate in any serious fighting on the Japanese side (being mainly stationed in Rangoon and Southern Burma), and defected en masse in March, 1945. Their contribution to the Allied effort may have been minor, but spared the Allies the necessity of suppressing a pro-Independence guerrilla movement during the remainder of the war.

Hopefully, concensus can be reached on this matter. HLGallon (talk) 05:52, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Gurkhas[edit]

Were the Gurkhas who served in Burma part of the Indian Army or the Royal Nepalese Army? A dispute has developed at World War II casualties, an expert on the Burma campaign my be able to clarify this issue.--Woogie10w (talk) 12:47, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

Firstly, few of the troops of the Royal Nepalese Army would have been Gurkhas proper, as this terms strictly refers to only a few tribes and castes within Nepal. The Royal Nepalese Army would have recruited from other, perhaps lower, castes. One source which might be useful is ordersofbattle.com. Combining this with Allen, Burma: the Longest Campaign gives eight regiments raised by the Nepalese Army, three of which (the Kalibahadur Regiment, the Mahindra Dal Regiment and the Shere Regiment) definitely served in the Burma Campaign. By contrast, the Indian Army raised 43 battalions of Gurkhas (including two parachute battalions), at least 23 of which served in the Burma campaign. (Gurkhas also formed the paramilitary 3 and 4 Assam Rifles, which also fought in 1944.) Hope this helps. HLGallon (talk) 23:22, 21 May 2011 (UTC)