2nd KOSB at Imphal

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  1. lionboxer

    lionboxer Member

    Those killed from A and C companies would not have been carried far from where they died. The terrain is very difficult to traverse even without carrying a dead weight. Those doing the burials had just fought a five day battle and were tired. The casualties from B and D were buried (and successfully recovered later) in the area where they were killed not far from the Japanese bunkers on the west of the Ridge so it’s reasonable to assume the same for A and C except 3813 is extremely steep so I’m not sure how close they got to the bunkers. The Gurkhas on KOSB right flank also attacking bunkers at 3813 were unsuccessful. I wonder if they were buried near where C Company had their positions on the next knoll west from 3813. GRU’s recommendations for burials to be near tracks or roads if possible. The map shows tracks in the area of their attack.
    Good luck and enjoy yourselves.
     
  2. lionboxer

    lionboxer Member

    The team are on the Ridge as I write. Just been haveing a video chat with Raj, as you do!! This is Point 3813, Japanese bunker position and KOSB objective.
     

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  3. lionboxer

    lionboxer Member

    View from Japanese bunker position showing clearly the terrain the KOSB,s had to negotiate
     

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  4. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    Just an update on this. After a long climb (along the line of where the KOSB and Gurkhas to their right) met we eventually came out near the Jap bunker position at 322826 which was the main one assaulted by A (and later C) Coys. There were a number of bunker positions there and the metal detector resulted in a number of finds, including five that were of the size to hold a machine gun crew and another couple of individual holes. They had the odd Japanese cartridge case in them and interestingly, we found the plastic eyelets from groundsheets suggesting they had been covered over. The find of the day was an intact spoon dated 1942.

    We searched there for graves and then went back towards the 'C' Coy HQ on a smaller knoll to the west. This had far fewer signs of activity on it. Following the logic above from Lionboxer (great minds think alike!?) we searched here for possible locations for the graves but found nothing. If they were killed on 15th or 16th they may well have been buried whilst the fighting was still going on and there is a level space to the west of the hill that is protected from any Japanese fire from the known bunker positions by small rises at either end. However this did not show anything either. We went along towards the hill where Lt Wakely's platoon held out but didn't get there or to Pt 3813 as it was getting dark and Raj wanted to check the spur lower down on the way back. There is a sharp drop and climb between the Jap Bunker position and Pt 3813 so that is an unlikely spot and it was always under Japanese fire until they melted away. It was also the Gurkhas objective.

    Oh for a drone with LIDAR! If they are still up there I think the next spot to check would be the main spur (in map box 3182) as that was the FUP and the main route up. My photos are really big (5-7MB each) and so I am having difficulty posting them here but if anyone is interested and on Facebook, if they PM me I will make you a friend and you can see them there.
     

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  5. Skoyen89

    Skoyen89 Senior Member

    A couple of the finds....
     

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  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Sounds like you are having a busy time up there. Good luck going forward.
     
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  7. Mick Balmer

    Mick Balmer New Member

    Better late than never! Just caught up with this thread!
    Researching my uncle Harry who served with 2KOSB in this action. He was killed during the assault on Ukhrul in early July 44. I think there may be some here who have been very helpful to me via the FB 'WW2 Burma Research' Group.
    Identifying the company allocation of other ranks seems nigh impossible unless they were decorated. I am pretty sure that Harry was in C company when killed but as he'd had field promotions, C may not have been his 'home' earlier.
    Fascinating to see the photos of the terrain and my very best wishes to those trying to locate the missing Borderers' graves.
     

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