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Battle of Yunnan-Burma Road
Part of the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II
Date March – June 1942
Location Burma
Result Japanese victory
Empire of Japan Japan  United Kingdom
Republic of China China
Empire of Japan Shojiro Iida Republic of China Lo Cho-ying
United States Joseph Stilwell
35,000 95,000
Casualties and losses
unknown 50,000

Battle of Yunnan-Burma Road (Mid March – Early June 1942) was the name of the Chinese intervention to aid their British allies in the 1942 Burma Campaign. Its forces were composed of the Fifth, Sixth and Sixty-sixth Army under the command of the Chinese Expeditionary Force in Burma, commanded by Lt. General Joseph Stilwell, Lt. General Lo Cho-ying was his Executive Officer.

In February, 1942 General Lo Cho-ying directed 5th Army to move from western Yunan to the vicinity of Toungoo and further south in Burma. Advanced elements of the 200th Division of 5th Army arrived at Toungoo on March 8, 1942 and took over defensive positions from the British forces. 6th Army was directed to move from Kunming to the Burma Thai border. Its leading elements reached Mawchi, Mongpang and Mongtong in mid March. 66th Army later arrived in Lashio and Mandalay as a reserve and to assist the British forces in their operations.

Chinese Expeditionary Force in Burma

Battles of Yunnan-Burma Road Campaign:

  • Battle of Tachiao Mar. 18–19, 1942
  • Battle of Oktwin Mar. 20–23, 1942
  • Battle of Toungoo Mar. 24–30, 1942
  • Battle of Yedashe Apr. 5–8, 1942
  • Battle of Szuwa River Apr. 10–16, 1942
  • Battle of Mawchi and Bato Early April 1942
  • Battle of Bawlake April 17, 1942
  • Battle of Yenangyaung Apr. 17–19 1942
  • Battle of Pyinmana April 17–20, 1942
  • Battle of Loikaw April 20, 1942
  • Battle of Hopong - Taunggyi April 20–24, 1942
  • Battle of Loilem April 25, 1942
  • Battle of Lashio April 29, 1942
  • Battle of Hsenwe May 1, 1942
  • Battle of Salween River May 6–31, 1942
  • Battle of Hsipaw-Mogok Highway May 23, 1942

See also


  • Hsu Long-hsuen and Chang Ming-kai, History of The Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945), 2nd Ed. ,1971. Translated by Wen Ha-hsiung , Chung Wu Publishing; 33, 140th Lane, Tung-hwa Street, Taipei, Taiwan Republic of China.

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