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6 Apr 1942

  • Japanese Army bombers sank the Royal Indian Navy's sloop Indus at Akyab, Arakan (now Sittwe, Rakhine), Burma. ww2dbase [Akyab, Arakan | AC]
21 Sep 1942

  • British forces began their first land counter-offensive against the Japanese in the Arakan region of Burma. ww2dbase [Arakan | AC]
21 Dec 1942

  • British and Commonwealth troops crossed the Indian-Burmese border, moving into Japanese-controlled Arakan Peninsula. ww2dbase [First Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
25 Dec 1942

  • Japanese troops fell back from the eastern bank of the Mayu River in Arakan Peninsula in Burma. ww2dbase [First Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
19 Jan 1943

  • Parkash Singh of Indian 14th Division daringly rescued wounded comrades on the Mayu Peninsula in Burma. For his, and similar deeds on 6 Jan 1943, he was to be awarded the Victoria Cross medal. ww2dbase [Arakan | CPC]
17 Mar 1943

20 Mar 1943

  • Archibald Wavell ordered the offensive in Arakan Peninsula, Burma abandoned, falling back to the Maungdaw-Buthidaung line. ww2dbase [First Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
1 Nov 1943

  • Lieutenant-General Philip Christison's XV (Indian) Corps comprising 5th and 7th Indian Divisions and the 81st (West African) Division, which had arrived in India in Aug 1943, assumed responsibility for the operational control of Arakan, Burma. ww2dbase [Arakan | AC]
5 Feb 1944

  • Troops of Sakurai Force of Japanese 55th Division penetrated lines held by Indian 7th Division in Arakan, Burma undetected. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
6 Feb 1944

  • Japanese attacked the forward headquarters of Indian 7th Division in Arakan, Burma by surprise. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | Arakan | CPC]
7 Feb 1944

14 Feb 1944

  • Japanese launched a major attack on the Anglo-Indian defensive position "Admin Box" at Sinzweya, Burma, capturing one hill on the perimeter. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | Sinzweya, Arakan | CPC]
15 Feb 1944

22 Feb 1944

  • Japanese Colonel Tanahashi, his troops beginning to starve while attacking Sinzweya, Burma, refused to make further attacks until food and supplies arrived. ww2dbase [Second Battle of Arakan | Sinzweya, Arakan | CPC]
24 Feb 1944

26 Feb 1944

12 Mar 1944

  • In the Arakan region of Burma, Corpporal Nand Singh won the Victoria Cross for capturing Japanese positions despite being seriously wounded. ww2dbase [Arakan | AC]
6 Apr 1944

22 Nov 1944

  • In Arakan, Burma, already wounded Sepoy Rhandari Ram crawled over open ground to attack a machine gun position pinning down his comrades. Shot again at point blank range, he still silenced the enemy with a grenade. He was later awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [Arakan | AC]
12 Dec 1944

1 Feb 1945

  • In the brutal battle around Hill 170 and Kangaw ridge in Arakan, Burma, British Army Lieutenant George Knowland of the Royal Norfolk Regiment serving with No. 1 Commando with twenty-four men heroically held off a heavy assault by at least 300 fanatical Japanese, killing many of the enemy virtually single-handedly, before a bullet struck him and he was killed. For his outstanding valour Lieutenant Knowland was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. ww2dbase [Arakan | AC]

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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