A joint initiative of Kohima Museum and Indus Experiences.
“WHEN YOU GO HOME TELL THEM OF US AND SAY FOR YOUR TOMORROW WE GAVE OUR TODAY”
The words above are inscribed on a bronze plate which is fixed to a huge block of Naga stone, which is in turn embedded into the ground at the base of a feature called ‘Kohima Ridge’.
Forgotten Battle of Kohima
It was on Kohima Ridge in 1944, that the invasion of India by the Japanese Imperial Army was halted by the bravery of a small garrison of just 1500 British and Indian soldiers, who, although outnumbered by about 10:1, held out for 14 days, until relieved by the British 2nd Division. We are delighted to offer this tour working with Bob Cook of Kohima Musuem. With access to original maps, operational and personal accounts, the Battlefield tour will give you a view of the battle from the perspective of the soldier in the trench, to the battalion commander up to the Divisional and Corps commanders. We hope you will be able to join us on this tour.
London • Kolkata • Kohima • Kolkata • London
|12 March 16||Departure UK by Emirate Airlines
Departure options from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and New Castle.
|13 March 16||Arrive Kolkata. Afternoon at leisure||Hotel Viceroy|
|14 March 16||Fly to Dimapur
Stand 1 – Troop arrival 1944.
|Dimapur Airport||Brief presentation|
|Stand 2 – Manipur Road Rail Head.
|Dimapur Railway Stn||Ground briefing|
|Stand 3 – The 2nd Division move to Kohima.||Bailey Bridge
|Ground briefing Milestone 10|
|Stand 4 – 2nd Division Forward Assembly Area||Zubza||Ground briefing Milestone 37|
|Evening brief||Vivor Hotel|
|15 March 16||Breakfast – Departure for day visit||Vivor Hotel|
|Stand 5 – Ground Brief.
Presentation. The Environment
|Merema Ridge||Point out battle areas. Brief on Japanese and British dispositions|
|Stand 6 – Ground Brief.||Point 5120||Japanese & British dispositions. Queens Own Cameron Highlanders positions|
|Stand 7 – The Siege and Battle of the Tennis Court.
Presentation. The Japanese Soldier
Presentation. Offensive Ops
Presentation. The Japanese in the Attack
Presentation. Air Resupply
|CWGC||1100 hrs – 2 minutes silence
1230 hrs – lunch at the Heritage Centre
|Stand 8 – Traffic Control Point.
Presentation. Evacuation from Garrison Hill
|War time traffic|
|16 March 16||Breakfast – Departure for day visit||Vivor Hotel|
|Stand 9 – 2nd Division HQ||
|Stand 10 – The Gun Lines
The Grave Yard
|Stand 11– The 4 Bde March
|Mount Pulebadze||Packed lunch|
|Stand 12 – Ground Orientation.
Presentation. Defensive Actions
|The Roof Top|
|Stand 13 – Jail Hill – Harman VC.||Garrison Hill||Prior permission required from Chief of Police|
|Stand 14 – DIS and 4/15 PUNJAB Garrison Hill||Daily Issue Store||Battalion action with armour in support|
|Stand 15 – Kuki Picket
Presentation. The Royal Engineers
|Stand 16 – FSD.
Presentation. The Indian National Army
|Field Supply Depot||Background briefs – flexible|
|Stand 17 – The Tank|
|Stand 18 – The Garrison Memorial|
|Stand 19 –. Presentation. The Japanese in Defence||DIS|
|Depart for Khonoma|
|Stand 20 – The British in Nagaland|
|Flora & Fauna of Nagaland||Khonoma|
Vivor Hotel Restaurant
|17 March 16||Breakfast||Vivor Hotel|
|Leave Hotel for Kohima Cathedral|
|Free Time||Kohima City||Shopping|
|18 March 16||Breakfast|
|Depart hotel for Dimapur|
|Depart Dimapur for Kolkata||Hotel Fairlawn|
|19 March 16||Breakfast||Kolkata City Hotel|
|Guided tour of Kolkata|
|Free time = souvenir shopping||Kolkata|
|Dinner – Hotel|
|20 March 16||Departure Kolkata for flight home.|
About the tour leader Robert Cook
Robert (Bob) Cook retired as a Warrant Officer from the British Army after 34 years. His family has a long almost unbroken line of military service dating back alhmost 170 years.
Since retirement from the army Bob has operated a busy Bed & Breakfast in York, U.K. together with his wife. Amongst other interests, Bob is the volunteer curator of the 2nd Infantry Division Kohima Museum Trust also located in York. It was in this role that Bob first visited the battlefields of Kohima in 2008 and has since been back another 8 times leading military and civilian groups to explain and explore the many different aspects of what is probably the most important unknown battle of WW2. During his visits to Kohima, Bob’s knowledge and understanding of the Battle has steadily increased as has his liking for the friendly Naga Hill people of Nagaland in North East India.
In addition to being the curator, Bob is also a Trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust which aims to repay the debt of gratitude owed by the British veterans to the Naga Hill people for their unstinting aid and assistance against the Japanese Imperial Army. One of the ways of repaying this debt of gratitude is by sponsoring the education of the Naga children aged 14 – 16.
Bob is also the deputy chairman of the Burma Campaign Society which aims to improve and enhance the reconciliation between Japan and the U.K. In this role he has also visited Japan in company with a British army veteran of the battle to visit and pay respects to Japanese veterans of the Burma campaign and to visit the grave of Lieutenant General Kotoku Sato who commanded the 31st Japanese Division at Kohima.
The Cost From
Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £1,780.00
Single room supplement £180.00
- International air fare in economy class with Emirate Airlines with all taxes.
- Internal flights with Air India in economy class.
- Accommodation with private facilities on twin, double sharing and single room basis as per the itinerary.
- All meals in Kohima. Breakfast and dinner in Kolkata
- All transfers and sightseeing arrangements including visit to battlefields
- Services of Robert (Bob) Cook as an expert on Kohima Battlefields history.
- Transport services by a small coach.
- Complementary mineral water while driving and on sightseeing.
- Services of a local speaking English speaking guide.
- Full ATOL & ABTA bonding.
Cost does not include:
- Visa fee for India. E-Tourist visa facility is now available for British Passport Holders. The visa fee is £42.00 approx when application is made on line for the visa. We will help you through the process of E-Toursit visa application.
- Travel Insurance
- Any expense of a personal nature
How to book
To book this tour, please compete the booking form, sign and e-mail it to us. A non-refundable deposit of £400.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure. You can make the deposit payment by debit card or electronic transfers to our bank. Credit card payment will be charge at 2% extra. Our Bank details are on the booking form. Bookings are confirmed on first come first served basis. When the tour is full we will take about 5 additional names on the waiting list to replace their booking with any cancellations etc.
If you wish to join the tour and fly from any country other than United Kingdom please contact us for land only arrangements.