Forgotten Battle of Kohima

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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

KolkataIt 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.

Itinerary

From Saturday

London • Kolkata • Kohima • Kolkata • London

Date Event Location Remarks
12 March 16 Departure UK by Emirate Airlines

Departure options from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and New Castle.

On board  
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.

Presentation. Railheads

Dimapur Railway Stn Ground briefing
  Stand 3 – The 2nd Division move to Kohima. Bailey Bridge

Nichugard

Ground briefing Milestone 10
  Stand 4 – 2nd Division Forward Assembly Area Zubza Ground briefing Milestone 37
  Evening brief Vivor Hotel  
  Dinner

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
  Dinner

Vivor Hotel

 
16 March 16 Breakfast –  Departure for day visit Vivor Hotel  
  Stand 9 – 2nd Division HQ

Jotsoma

Grover Memorial

Background briefing
  Stand 10 – The Gun Lines

Presentation. Artillery

Jotsoma

The Grave Yard

Panoramic viewpoint
  Stand 11– The 4 Bde March

Presentation.

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

Kuki Picket  
  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  
  Dinner

Vivor Hotel

 
  Breakfast Vivor Hotel  
  Depart for Khonoma    
  Stand 20 – The British in Nagaland    
  Flora & Fauna of Nagaland Khonoma  
  Khonoma Khonoma Packed Lunch
  Dinner

Vivor Hotel Restaurant

 
17 March 16 Breakfast Vivor Hotel  
  Leave Hotel for Kohima Cathedral    
  Free Time Kohima City Shopping
  Dinner    
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

Bobs-Picture

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

Cost Includes:

  • 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.

Click here to download the booking form

Read our Booking Terms and Conditions

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