Merrill’s Marauders (named after Frank Merrill) or Unit Galahad, officially named the 5307th Composite Unit (provisional), was a United Statesicon long range penetration special operations unit in the South-East Asian Theater of World War II which fought in the Burma Campaign. The unit became famous for its deep-penetration missions behind Japanese lines, often engaging Japanese forces superior in number.
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand–Burma Railway and similar names, was a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan in 1943, to support its forces in the Burma campaign of World War II.
Jackie Coogan, already famous as a child star in the '20s, enlisted in the US Army in march 1941. After Pearl Harbour, he requested a transfer to the US Army Air Forces as a glider pilot. After graduating from glider school, he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group, and was sent to India in december 1943 to support the Burma campaign. In march 1944 he flew British troops, the Chindits, at night into a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines.
Kotoku Sato - lieutenant general in the japanese imperial army he commanded the 19th infantry division during the battle of lake khasan against the soviet union in 1938, in the hills to the west of Lake Khasan Sato's forces expelled Russian troops from the hill in a night attack, the execution of which became a Japanese model for assaults on fortified positions. Later, he participated in the Battle of Imphal during Burma Campaign in 1944.
On left, soldier from the Chinese expeditionary Force (CEF) clearing Burma Road of enemy Japanese force from Salween River in Burma to China and American-trained and equipped Chinese infantryman, clearing Stilwell Road from Ledo, India to Salween River, both veterans of the Burma campaign stand side by side at opening of Ledo India to Kunming China Road. Photographer Raczkowski