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JAPS ON SITTANG Trapped Forces In South Burma Losing Heavily N.Z.P.A. and British Wireless Rec. 10 a.m. COLOMBO, July 27. "Since the break-through attempt began on Saturday last more than 3000 enemy bodies have been counted and over 400 prisoners taken," states a South-east Asia Command communique. "Our troops continued to round-up parties of Japanese in an area between the Sittang River and the 77-mile stretch of the Mandalay-Rangoon Road between Toungoo and Nyaunglebin.

"After occupying a village five, miles north of Nyaunglebin our troops repulsed two counter-attacks during the night and pushed eastward toward the Sittang River. "In the Pyu sector our troops captured a village eight miles north of that town. On the Mawchi Road, east of Toungoo, the enemy continued to shell our positions." Broken Men of Burma "The Japanese are the broken men of Burma," writes a military observer at the headquarters of Southeast Asia Command. "Thousands of dead have been counted in the operations of the last few days, and several hundred prisoners. These are the men who have been 'rotating' for several weeks in the junglecovered hills of the Pegu Yornas, west of the main Rangoon-Mandalay road and railway. This is their final attempt to win their way to the east over the road, across the Sittang River and into the wilds of the Shan Hills. "They have a 200-mile walk south if they are to reach Bilin and Moulmein 'to rejoin their fellows. The vast majority are still struggling in the jungle and paddy fields. Their chances of survival, let alone escape, are problematic. "Our troops, Indian and British, have never at any time been in higher fettle in Burma. "The 'count of prisoners is the largest ever taken in Burma. Even villagers bring in prisoners trussed like fowls and hand them to our forces on the road. All the prisoners are in a shocking physical state. They have had mere than they can stand from our arms, from the monsoon and fi-om the jungle."

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TOLL OF ENEMY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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TOLL OF ENEMY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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