Veterans gather to remember the Battle of Kohima

Veterans of the Second Word War’s Battle of Kohima will lay wreaths in York today to remember the fallen in what has been described as one of the greatest battles in history.

The eleven veterans now in their nineties will each lay a wreath of poppies assisted by Gurkha soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment in a moving ceremony held in the Dean’s Gardens adjacent to York Minster.

The battle of Kohima in North East India was fought from 4 April to 22 June 1944. Nearly 4,000 British and Indian soldiers lost their lives when Allied Forces halted the advance of the Japanese army in Asia. This battle was ultimately to prove to be the turning point of the Burma Campaign.