Myitta Subtownship

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Not to be confused with Myittha
Myitta

မေတ္တာမြို့နယ်ခွဲ
Myitta is located in Myanmar
Myitta
Myitta
Location in Burma
Coordinates: 14°9′N 98°31′E / 14.150°N 98.517°E / 14.150; 98.517Coordinates: 14°9′N 98°31′E / 14.150°N 98.517°E / 14.150; 98.517
Country Burma
RegionTaninthayi Region
DistrictDawei District
TownshipDawei Township
CapitalMyitta
Elevation
198 m (650 ft)
Time zoneUTC+6.30 (MST)

Myitta Subtownship (Burmese: မေတ္တာမြို့နယ်ခွဲ) is a subtownship of Dawei District in the Taninthayi Division of Myanmar. The main town is Myitta (Matamyu),[1] located on the western side of the Tenasserim Range near the confluence of two tributaries of the Great Tenasserim River.

History[edit]

At the time of the 1765–67 Burmese–Siamese War General Maha Nawrahta of the Royal Burmese armed forces led his 20,000-strong main southern army to invade Siam via the Myitta Pass.[2]

During the Japanese conquest of Burma, the forces of the Imperial Japanese Army began their invasion crossing the Tenasserim Hills through Myitta Pass from Thailand. In the night of 17/18 January 1942 they attacked Myitta town. The three 6th Burma Rifles companies of the Tavoy garrison posted there were not able to put up resistance and fled into the forests.[3]

Currently a road is being built to Dawei (Tavoy) from Bangkok through the Phu Nam Ron border pass that will improve communication with Myitta town.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard Malcolm, Travels in south-eastern Asia: embracing Hindustan, Malaya, Siam, and China, Boston, 1839, p. 42
  2. ^ Kyaw Thet (1962). History of Union of Burma (in Burmese). Yangon: Yangon University Press.
  3. ^ Alan Warren Boston, Burma 1942: The Road from Rangoon to Mandalay, 1839, p. 42
  4. ^ The Economist - Infrastructure for the new Myanmar

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