Over the weekend of 20th and 21st April 2024, KET has been invited by the National Army Museum in London to stage two days of events at the museum to mark the 80th anniversary of the battle of Kohima.
We have assembled a stellar line-up of speakers for a weekend of talks that will offer a wide range of insights into the campaign and its participants.
The museum is free to enter and many of our talks are free to attend - do join us and spend some time hearing about the extraordinary events and heroic actions that took place between April and June in 1944.
We'll have books for sale and the opportunity to get your books signed by our authors and speakers who will be spending the days with us.
We'll have our KET shop set up which will have beautiful items of clothing and jewellery all handmade in Naga homes. And a special group of re-enactors will be with us over the weekend to help bring to life key parts of the battle.
It's going to be a truly special couple of days, unlike anything we've done before and we look forward to welcoming you!
Tickets for all the talks are now available on the NAM website, accompanied by full programme details:
The full line-up is as follows:
Saturday 20th April:
11.00am The 2nd Dorset Regiment at the Battle of Kohima
Christopher Jary discusses the role of the 2nd Dorset Regiment at the Battle of Kohima
12.00pm The Transformation of the Indian Army
Dr Alan Jeffreys examines the transformation of the Indian Army over the course of the Second World War.
12.00pm The Jungle War
Hannah Watson speaks to Dr Robert Lyman about her new book for young readers set in the jungles of Burma 1942-43
2.00pm Operation Ha-Go: Britain's First Victory in Asia
James Holland sheds light on the bloody Battle of the Admin Box, which was fought in Burma in February 1944
3.15pm Medical Support at the Siege of Kohima
Colonel (Retd) Soundararajan Jagdish recounts the extraordinary performance of the medical personnel who served during the Battle of Kohima.
4.00pm Kohima: Britain's Greatest Battle
Dr Robert Lyman outlines his case for why Kohima should be considered Britain's greatest battle.
6.00pm My Grandfather's War: Field Marshal Slim
Mark and Mary Ann Slim share memories of their famous grandfather, Field Marshal William Slim, with Dr Robert Lyman.
Sunday 21st April:
11.15am Armoured Warfare in the Burma Campaign
Robert Palmer examines the role of armoured cars and tanks during the Burma campaign.
12.00pm The Epic Siege of Kohima
Journalist Fergal Keane recounts the harrowing events at Kohima in 1944 and considers the impact on the defeated soldiers of the Imperial Japanese Army.
2.00pm Slim: Britain's Greatest General
Dr Robert Lyman reveals how Field Marshal William Slim was able to turn the tide of the Burma campaign.
3.15pm The VCs at Kohima
Author and journalist Steve Snelling discusses the heroic actions of the men awarded Victoria Crosses after the Battle of Kohima.
4.00pm Thirty-Nine Hours: The Assam Regiment's March to Kohima
Charlotte Carty recounts her epic mission to retrace the 39-hour march from Jessami to Kohima undertaken by the Assam Regiment in 1944.