From Wednesday 8 March – Thursday 16 March 2017 Led by Robert (Bob) Cook
London • Kolkata • Kohima • Kolkata • London
The Kohima Museum
When the British 2nd Division returned to the UK from Germany in 1982, they began to hold annual reunions in York for the men who fought and defeated the Japanese Imperial forces at Kohima in North East India and beyond into Burma. These veterans brought along artefacts and memorabilia from those times. Eventually these items were formed into a formal museum in 1992, which today is the only museum in the UK that commemorates and focuses entirely on the Burma Campaign. It is only one of two known globally to do this. The Kohima Museum is located within Imphal barracks in the beautiful city of York and is open to the public each Thursday morning and at other times by prior appointment. The museum consists of soldiers’ medals and awards and personal items as well as operational diaries and accounts; uniforms and a small reference library.
Kohima Educational Trust
Kohima, a town set high among jungle covered hills in Nagaland in North East India near the border with Burma, was the site of one of the most crucial battles of World War 2. In April 1944, it was besieged by the 31st Division of the Japanese Imperial Army spearheading what they hoped would be the invasion of India. The defenders, just 1500 men of the Royal West Kents, the Assam Regiment and the Assam Rifles, held out for 2 weeks until relieved by the men of the British 2nd Division. The ensuing battle, fought for the most part hand to hand with no quarter asked or given for 2 months was a turning point of the war in Asia.
The town of Kohima was completely destroyed, but this did not stop the Naga population from offering unstinting support to the British and Indian troops. Without this help, it is doubtful if the battle could have been won.
Sixty years after the battle a group of Kohima Veterans formed a charity with the aim to express the gratitude to the descendants of the Nagas who had fought alongside the British in this epic battle. This gratitude was to be expressed by assisting the education of those descendants
Trip scholar Robert (Bob) Cook - Curator Kohima Museum, York
Robert (Bob) Cook retired as a Warrant Officer from the British Army after 34 years. His family has a long almost unbroken line of military service dating back alhmost 170 years.
Since retirement from the army Bob has operated a busy Bed & Breakfast in York, U.K. together with his wife. Amongst other interests, Bob is the volunteer curator of the 2nd Infantry Division Kohima Museum Trust also located in York. It was in this role that Bob first visited the battlefields of Kohima in 2008 and has since been back another 8 times leading military and civilian groups to explain and explore the many different aspects of what is probably the most important unknown battle of WW2. During his visits to Kohima, Bob’s knowledge and understanding of the Battle has steadily increased as has his liking for the friendly Naga Hill people of Nagaland in North East India.
In addition to being the curator, Bob is also a Trustee of the Kohima Educational Trust which aims to repay the debt of gratitude owed by the British veterans to the Naga Hill people for their unstinting aid and assistance against the Japanese Imperial Army. One of the ways of repaying this debt of gratitude is by sponsoring the education of the Naga children aged 14 – 16.
Bob is also the deputy chairman of the Burma Campaign Society which aims to improve and enhance the reconciliation between Japan and the U.K. In this role he has also visited Japan in company with a British army veteran of the battle to visit and pay respects to Japanese veterans of the Burma campaign and to visit the grave of Lieutenant General Kotoku Sato who commanded the 31st Japanese Division at Kohima.
08 March 17
Departure UK by Emirate Airlines
Departure options from London Gatwick
09 March 17
|Arrive Kolkata & Connect to Air India flight AI709 to Dimapur (1120-1240).||En-route to Kohima||Check in to Hotel Vivor for 5 nights|
|Stand 1 – Troops Arrival 1944||Dimapur Airport||Brief Presentation|
|Stand 2 – Manipur Road Rail Head||Dimarpur Railway Station||Ground Briefing|
|Stand 3 – The 2nd Division move to Kohima||
|Ground Briefing Milestone 10|
|Stand 4 – 2nd Division Forward Assembly Area||Zubza||Ground Briefing Milestone 37|
|Evening Brief & Dinner||Vivor Hotel|
10 March 17
|Kohima. Scholarship awards||Community Hall|
|Visit Kohima War Cemetery||Memorials of special interest|
11 March 17
|Breakfast & Departure for Day visit||Vivor Hotel|
Stand 5 – Ground Brief
|Merema Ridge||Point out battle areas. Brief on Japanese & British positions|
|Stand 6 – Ground Brief||Point 5120||Japanese & British dispositions. Queens Own Cameron Highlanders positions|
Stand 7 – The Siege and Battle of the Tennis Court
Presentations – The Japanese Soldier / Offensive Ops / The Japanese in the Attack / Air Resupply
Stand 8 – Traffic Control Point.
Presentation – Evacuation from Garrison Hill
|Hospital Spur||War Time Traffic|
|Return & Dinner||Hotel Vivor|
12 March 17
|Breakfast & Departure for Day visit||Hotel Vivor||Early start to try and beat the mist|
|Stand 9 – 2nd Division HQ||Jotsoma||Background Briefing|
|Stand 10 – The Gun Lines||Grover Memorial|
|Presentation – Artillery||The Gravel Yard||Panoramic Viewpoint|
|Stand 11 – The Brigade March – Presentation||Mount Pulebadze|
Stand 12 – Ground Orientation
|The Roof Top||Presentation Defensive Actions|
|Stand 13 – Jail Hill – Harman VC||Garrison Hill||Prior permission required form Chief of Police|
|Stand 14 – DIS and 4/15 Punjab Garrison Hill||Daily Issue Store||Battalion action with armour in support|
Stand 15 – Kuki Picket
|Kuki Picket||Ground brief|
Stand 16 – FSD.
Presentation. The Indian National Army
|Field Supply Depot||Background briefs - flexible|
|Stand 17 – The Tank|
|Stand 18 – The Garrison Memorial|
|Stand 19 –. Presentation. The Japanese in Defence||DIS|
|Stand 20 – The British in Nagaland||Depart for Khonoma|
|Flora & Fauna of Nagaland||Khonoma|
|Return to Kohima & dinner||Vivor Hotel Restaurant|
13 March 17
|Breakfast & depart for Kohima Cathedral. Rest for the day free at Kohima City||Kohima City|
14 March 17
|Breakfast – Depart for Dimapur for your Air India AI710 flight to Calcutta (1320-1435)||To Calcutta||Check into Hotel Fairlawn or similar|
15 March 17
|Breakfast – Guided tour of Kolkata / free time||Calcutta|
16 March 17
|Departure Kolkata for flight back to London Gatwick||On-board flight|
- How to Book this Tour
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Per Person on a Double/ Twin share basis £1,855.00*
Single room supplement £228.00
* A contribution of £25 will go to The Kohima Museum
International air fare in economy class with Emirate Airlines with all taxes.
Internal flights with Air India in economy class.
Accommodation with private facilities on twin, double sharing and single room basis as per the itinerary.
Breakfast and dinner in Kohima and breakfast in Kolkata.
All transfers and sightseeing arrangements including visit to battlefields
Services of Robert (Bob) Cook as an expert on Kohima Battlefields history.
Transport services by a small coach.
Complementary mineral water while driving and on sightseeing.
Services of a local speaking English speaking guide.
Full ATOL & ABTA bonding.
Cost does not include:
Visa fee for India. E-Tourist visa facility is now available for British Passport Holders. The visa fee is £42.00 approx when application is made on line for the visa. https://indiantouristvisa.org.in/
Any expense of a personal nature
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