Battle of Imphal

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The Battle of Sangshak Tour

The Battle of Sangshak took place from March 22-26, 1944, and saw men of the 50th Indian Parachute Brigade holding out for several days against wave upon wave of Japanese attacks on their position in the village.

The battle delayed the advance of the Japanese 31st Division towards Kohima and of the 15th Division towards Imphal by a critical few days in the early stages of the Japanese offensive in 1944.   

The Tour

The Battle of Sangshak Tour takes you up the Ukhrul Road from Imphal and right into the heart of the village of Sangshak. You explore the area that made up the British defensive position during the battle and learn of the ferociousness with which both sides fought.

Trenches dating back to 1944 can still be spotted in Sangshak, which also affords glorious views of the hills of Ukhrul district. The tour of the village is rounded off by a visit to a war memorial which commemorates the battle.  

En route to Sangshak, you get a feel of the terrain along the Ukhrul Road, which was the scene of much fighting during the Battle of Imphal. You also pass through places such as Litan and Finch’s Corner, which find mention in many war accounts.

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