JAPS IN PEGU HILLS i Enemy Badly Cut Up By Air Attack N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 9.30 a.m. COLOMBO, July 24. "More than 1300 Japanese have so far been killed and 80 taken prisoner in the heavy fighting which followed attempts by large groups of the enemy to break out to the east from the Pegu Hills," says a South-east Asia Command communique. "The Japanese attacks continue at many points along the 77-mile stretch of the road between Toungoo and Nyaunglebin. In the lower Sittang River sector Gurkha troops made a successful attack east of the village of Leeinzu, 26 miles north-east .of Pegu.
One-fifth of the total Japanese force trying to break out of the Pegu Yomas (foothills) across the Allied-held -road between Nyaunglegin and Toungoo toward the Sittang River and Siam were killed in the first 36 hours of the trapped 28th Army's bolt for life, says a Pegu correspondent. They number about 750 men. This is not only the quickest and biggest single massacre of the Burma war, but also the least costly to the Allies. The British, Gurkha and other troops operating with Scottish tanks and Indian armoured cars had negligible casualties. The first escape wave, consisting of about 5000 men, was cut up and broken into straggling bits long before it reached the west bank of the Sittang River, the correspondent continues. British and Indian troops have had everything in the right place—planes, guns, armoured fighting vehicles and infantry could not have been better placed if they had known exactly where and when the Japanese were coming.
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HEAVY LOSSES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945
HEAVY LOSSES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 174, 25 July 1945
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