Trying to find location on Maungdaw to Buthidaung road on GoogleEarth.

Discussion in 'Burma & India' started by Owen, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Owen

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    Had a look on Google Earth to try & locate the exact postion of the features shown on this map but having a bit of trouble.
    It shows the locations where 1st Bn Wilts Regt saw heavy fighting in April 1944 , it's from Kenrick's history .
    I've the war diary from The Wardrobe with full map references but doesn't help on GE.
    I thought that winding road section would be a good aid to finding the location but it seems to have changed a bit either that or I'm looking in the wrong place.
    Any help will be gratefully received.
    Cheers

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  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    That's what I thought it might be but can't match up the other features.
    I'm wondering if it's just to the rightof that in the not to sharp image bit.
     
  4. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    I think that this is part of road across (with tunnels) the Mayu Range:

    Edit: Road from Mayu Range to Buthidaung
     

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  5. Owen

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    Cheers sol, that's it, the feature bottom right will be Pt 551.
    Thanks.
    http://www.ww2talk.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=22960&d=1259833468
     
  6. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    I never done this before so I hope that it'll works.
     

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  7. Owen

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    Yup, that worked, sol.
    Cheers.
    I wonder if Gurdjieff will do one his rather good map overlays?
    ;)
     
  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Well in the meantime, here's a crappy one:
    mapmerge-web.jpg
     
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Cheers Adam good effort, I still haven't worked out how to do that.
    With 4th & 5th Bn fighting across NW Europe & the 2nd Bn being nearly everywhere the poor old 1st Bn gets forgotten.
    Their war was spent on I.S. Duties in India until they finally got sent to Burma.
    They had a tough time there & then spent the rest of the war on the NW Frontier.
     
  10. airlana

    airlana Member

    Hi Owen,

    This might be useful. Part of the Arakan map 1:250,000 scale series.

    Maungdaw to Buthidaung are at the ends of the yellow marked lines.

    regards
    Ash 'airlana'
     

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  11. Owen

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    Would the attatched kmz file be the Admin Box?
    GE doesn't recognise Ngakyedauk in search box.
     

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  12. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    I think you are right Owen, Admin Box should be somewhere around place you marked. Maybe little more to south-east because road and chaung were north of the Box not south. It was placed near village of Sinzweya but unfortunately I couldn't find it on Google Map.
     
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  14. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Well I just find this map:

    Sinzweya Map | Burma Google Satellite Maps

    This place is situated in Maungdaw, Arakan (Rakhine), Burma, its geographical coordinates are 20° 56' 0" North, 92° 27' 0" East and its original name (with diacritics) is Sinzweya.

    So it's just a little north from your placemark. Another map:

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    I looked wrong chaung.
     
  15. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Just found this pic of one of the tunnels on the Maungdaw-Buthidaung road.

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    The Arakan Campaign January 1943 - May 1945: British troops stand at the entrance to the Maungdaw-Buthidaung road captured by the Allied 15th Corps in January 1944.

    And the same tunnel today

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  16. Owen

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  17. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Cheers Owen et all.... We should have a promote the Far East week :)



    Here's my contribution thanks to Owen:


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    In Burma, on the 16th February, 1944, Major Hoey's Company formed part of a force which was ordered to capture a position at all costs.

    After a night march through enemy held territory the force was met at the foot of the position by heavy machine-gun fire. Major Hoey personally led his Company under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire right up to the objective. Although wounded at least twice in the leg and head he seized a Bren gun from one of his men and firing from the hip, led his Company onto the objective. In spite of his wounds the Company had difficulty in keeping up with him, and Major Hoey reached the enemy strong post first where he killed all the occupants before being mortally wounded.

    Major Hoey's outstanding gallantry and leadership, his total disregard of personal safety and his grim determination to reach the objective resulted in the capture of this vital position.
     
  18. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Cheers Owen et all.... We should have a promote the Far East week :)



    Here's my contribution thanks to Owen:


    [​IMG]

    In Burma, on the 16th February, 1944, Major Hoey's Company formed part of a force which was ordered to capture a position at all costs.

    After a night march through enemy held territory the force was met at the foot of the position by heavy machine-gun fire. Major Hoey personally led his Company under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire right up to the objective. Although wounded at least twice in the leg and head he seized a Bren gun from one of his men and firing from the hip, led his Company onto the objective. In spite of his wounds the Company had difficulty in keeping up with him, and Major Hoey reached the enemy strong post first where he killed all the occupants before being mortally wounded.

    Major Hoey's outstanding gallantry and leadership, his total disregard of personal safety and his grim determination to reach the objective resulted in the capture of this vital position. Drew, I could not agree more, be good to see a ATB Then and now book on Burma, speaking of which I should some time next week be getting a copy of ATB with hopefully an article about Mandalay hill in. Reminds ME I need to PM you ref another VC book will do it in a min, Jason
     
  19. sol

    sol Very Senior Member

    Bit of newsreel relating to this subject, from 42 seconds onwards.

    British Pathe - ON THE ARAKAN FRONT

    Nice video. Those Shermans were probably from 19th King George V's Own Lancers, Indian Army, only unit in Arakan equipped with Sherman tanks. They saw the first action in March 1944 (according to Wikipedia). So I guess this was filmed after the Battle for Admin Box, during XV Corps counteroffensive (and the Battle for Tunnels).
     
  20. Owen

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