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This is a seven part online tour beginning on Monday 26th October. Guests will be invited to tune in each day 7PM GMT. We encourage guests to send questions to Dr Lyman in advance.
For those who cannot join us live, recordings of the previous day’s session will be sent out each morning. These will be available indefinitely.
The Forgotten Army came to the attention of the British public this summer due to Captain Tom Moore who raised £32million for the NHS. Captain Tom served in Burma with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, fighting in the Arakan (featured in Day Three of the tour) where the Allies took back the initiative from the Japanese in 1944. An expert motorcyclist, Captain Tom drove back and forth from the frontline. He has since spoken about his experience in Burma, describing the Japanese as a “formidable force” and telling of spiders the size of his hand which took “a little bit of getting used to”.
You can scroll down to see the itinerary for this virtual tour.
1942: The Japanese enter Burma over the Thai border. The British lose Tavoy and Moulmein in quick succession. Catastrophe at the Sittang Bridge is followed by the evacuation of Rangoon.
1942: The Battle for Upper Burma and the British are forced into their longest military retreat in history.
1942-44: The British led by General Irwin made a failed attempt to take back the initiative in the Arakan in 1942. A galvanized force have more success with the Battle of the Admin Box two years later.
1944: The Tide Turns at these battles on the Indian border as General Bill Slim tempts General Mutaguchi to over-extend in Operation U-Go over the Naga Hills.
1943-44: General Orde Wingate pioneers long-range penetration and rattles the Japanese in Northern Burma with Operation Longcloth. The Chindits air-drop into further action behind enemy lines the following year with Operation Thursday.
Bill Slim’s 14th Army march back into Burma. Mandalay is taken and the “hammer and anvil” strategy is deployed at the town of Meiktila.
End of Empires: Reflections from the Burma Campaign.
The Burma Campaign of the Second World War is often described as the ‘Forgotten War’, and the soldiers that fought in it, ‘The Forgotten Army.’ Yet the stories that came out of it – stories of courage and audacity – are as great and varied as in any of the other theatres of war. From the Burma-Siam Death Railway to the Chindwin River where Wingate’s pioneering Chindits caused havoc behind Japanese lines, Sampan Travel and Dr Robert Lyman draw out the story of the the Forgotten Army.
10% of the price of your ticket will go towards the charity Help for Forgotten Allies. More information about them here. The photos on this page are from Grammar Productions who Sampan supported in their documentary “Forgotten Allies.”
100% of your ticket price will go towards any future non-virtual tour you book with Sampan Travel.
A small British charity continues to work for the sake of forgotten allies from WW2.
Savour the highlights of Myanmar and sail in luxury up the Ayeyarwaddy River.
In conversation with Grammar Productions, hearing the stories of forgotten allies of WW2.