Published by Barny Books in 2003, 152 pages. Paperback (N4642)
From the rear side cover: This book details the experiences of the Fourth Battalion of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment during the Siege and defence of the Garrison of Kohima. It tells of personal experiences and the individual thoughts of the men as some 446 'West Kents', together with the Assam Regiment and Assam Rifles, held nearly 15,000 fantacial Japanese at bay for sixteen days until relief arrived...
Kohima was a remote Indian village located near to the border with Burma, and it was here that a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army. Outnumbered over ten to one, the defenders fought the Japanese hand to hand in a fierce and pro-longed battle that was amongst the most savage in modern warfare.
A garrison of no more than 1500 fighting men, desperately short of food, water and military supplies, faced a force of 15,000 Japanese. They held the pass and prevented a Japanese victory that would have proved disastrous for the British, as it would have opened the way for a Japanese invasion of India itself. Instead, the Japanese army that had invaded India on a mission of imperial conquest suffered the worst defeat in its history, and began the inexorable retreat back into Burma.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs, but are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound