Burma Road


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Burma Road,

in China and Myanmar, extending from the railhead of Lashio, Myanmar, to Kunming, Yunnan prov., China. About 700 mi (1,130 km) long and constructed through rough mountain country, it was a remarkable engineering achievement. Undertaken by the Chinese after the start of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937 and completed in 1938, it was used to transport war supplies landed at Rangoon and shipped by railroad to Lashio. This traffic increased in importance to China after the Japanese took effective control of the Chinese coast and of Indochina. The Ledo Road (later called the Stilwell Road) from Ledo, India, into Myanmar was begun in Dec., 1942. In 1944 the Ledo Road reached Myitkyina and was joined to the Burma Road. Both roads have lost their former importance and are in a state of disrepair, but India began rebuilding its section of the Stilwell Road in 2007.

Bibliography

See study by L. Anders (1965).

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In 1945, during World War II, Allied supplies began reaching China over the newly reopened Burma Road.
This dangerous and demanding airlift supply route became necessary with the Japanese seizure of the Burma Road, and Chiang Kai-shek's insistent demands for ever-greater amounts of fuel, munitions, and supplies.
SpiceRoads offers four other tours in Burma: Burma Adventure - a 14-day tour from Inle Lake to Mandalay; Cycling the Burma Road - 14-day tour on old WWII military supply lines and to former colonial British hill stations; Burma Heritage - a 7-day tour from Kipling's Mandalay to the temples at Bagan and Discover the Shan Hills by Bicycle - a 5-day tour that takes in enigmatic Inle Lake.
Appropriate for a general readership, this book describes the challenges faced by the 1942 American military mission moving arms and food from Rangoon to China for Chiang Kai-shek's troops fighting the Japanese, the inadequate vehicle maintenance and repair facilities along the Burma Road, and the logistics problems encountered by American civilians working on the Burma Road.
As one of its lines of effort against Japan, the United States supplied the Chinese Army with weapons, ammunitions, food and other supplies by using the Burma Road, until the Japanese disrupted its use in 1942, and by airlifts flown over "the Hump," the air route over the 14,000 foot Himalayas Mountains located between India and southern China.
Archeologists have no clue as to what the ancient people would have called the village, but the village sits near the well known Burma Road, a supply route into Jerusalem during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.
When in the accounts department John would regularly have to walk through the various factories and assembly shops which were referred to as the "Burma Road" to go to other offices.
With regard r to my piece on Jerico Road or Burma Road, Barbarar also remembers r "the Yanksa in Maindy Bd arracks".
OBAMA'S BURMA ROAD (The Wall Street Journal, New York)
In 1942 the Japanese invaded Burma in order to cut off the strategic Burma Road supply line to China.
While Kaymer is basically going it alone at the moment, McIlroy will have wily old fox JP Fitzgerald guiding him along the Burma Road and that gives the younger man an edge.