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You’ll never guess which battle the British voted for as their greatest single ever

Was it Normandy? Blenheim? Waterloo? Goose Green? No to all. Perhaps Naseby or Culloden? No again. El Alamein? Nope. It was, indeed, Imphal and Kohima, the turning point in the fighting in South Asia during World War II. Now, I’m a Burma theater fan as much as the next guy. But this still surprised me. ...

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Was it Normandy? Blenheim? Waterloo? Goose Green? No to all.

Perhaps Naseby or Culloden? No again. El Alamein? Nope.

It was, indeed, Imphal and Kohima, the turning point in the fighting in South Asia during World War II. Now, I’m a Burma theater fan as much as the next guy. But this still surprised me. I wonder why they picked that. It wasn’t just because President Obama’s grandfather served there. Perhaps it was the ever-growing reputation of General Slim?

(HT to PL who had to read the original article upside down)

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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