Skeletal Burmese Ghosts
Skeletal Burmese Ghosts
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In spring 1942 the forces of the ever-expanding Empire of Japan took control of Burma (today Myanmar), which had been a British colony since 1824. They accomplished this in no small part thanks to the help of local rebels who they had managed to win over. The foreign occupation of the British Indian territory was a major blow to the morale of Allied troops: if the Japanese were able to take Burma with such ease, what was to stop them from conquering other East Asian interests of Western powers?

The Chindits’ primary source of nourishment was the so-called K-ration – which happened to offer not much nourishment, as three rations represented only 2830 calories. Thus, the soldiers’ daily deficit was sometimes as much as 1200 calories. It speaks volumes that, when in late 1944 the Chindits who had returned to India were approached by supply officers carrying K-rations, several of them could not help throwing up.

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