The Burma Campaign


Photographs which merit more detailed explanation or discussion.

Burma Rifles

Subadar and men of a machine gun section, 20th Burma Rifles - taken at Maymyo between 1922 and 1st April 1937.

Burma Frontier Force

No.4 Bicycle Infantry Column, forming part of the Burma Frontier Force mobile detachment known as F.F.4 - taken at Pyawbwe (probably) in August 1941.

Chin Rifles

Officers and men of the 1st, 2nd and The Chin Hills Battalion (3rd Chin Rifles) - taken during the initial period of the civil wars that followed independence, 1948-1950.  Photos published with the kind permission of Van Cung Lian.

Indian Army

Officers and men of the 39th Indian Field Ambulance - the unit went to Burma with the 17th Indian Infantry Division in January 1942.


Photographs taken on Mandalay Hill in 1986, showing views from the hill, memorial plaques and battle damage. Kindly made available from the Simon Jervis Collection.

Post-War - Pre-Independence

Officers of the Southern Shan States Battalion, Burma Frontier Constabulary, a photograph taken at Taunggyi sometime between 1945 and 1947.

16 January 2021