Note the very curious references to “right wing” and “left wing” leaders at odds with Mayor Laguardia.
In fact, it’s a typical case of lunatic-left versus reasonable government, but you’d never know that by reading the Times.
When it became apparent that Germany was never going to be in a position to invade India, the Germans dumped him on the Japanese.
The Japanese formed an Indian National Army from prisoners of Indian Army units captured in Malaya and Singapore, which are being used in this offensive.
Bose had some crazy idea that if the Japanese could get on Indian soil he could spark some kind of uprising against the British. Of course, seeing how Japan had dealt with other countries in its "Co-Prosperity Sphere," the Indians were even less enthusiastic about the Japanese than they were about the British.
Local commanders were decidedly pessimistic about the operation, but high command and Tokyo made them do it. The Times map reveals the same thing a modern satellite map shows - Imphal is surrounded by miles and miles of rugged, heavily forested terrain with an almost nonexistent road net in 1944. It's perfect terrain for defenders. Even if Imphal had fallen, many miles of this terrain stood between the Japanese and the Bengal plain. It was a doomed operation. Between casualties of war and disease and malnutrition, the Japanese Army ordered into the attack was destroyed as a viable fighting unit.