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Mutaguchi Renya had planned to take Imphal with no more than three divisions and a tank regiment, in the space of three weeks. Mutaguchi himself was remote from the action, in command of the divisional artillery and less than a regiment of infantry, back in Camranb Bay in Indo-China. But Mutaguchi had miscalculated his enemy's air superiority, his battle-readiness and plentiful supplies. The failure at Imphal was, up to that date, the most disastrous defeat the Japanese Army had known in its entire history. The direct thrust right into Bengal was to be the work of Lieutenant General Satō Kōtoku's 31 Division, in Mutaguchi's mind. That was why he intended to send, not a regiment, but an entire division against Kohima. The key to Mutaguchi's failure lies in his relations with 31 Division.

Keywords:Imphal; India; Japanese Army; Mutaguchi Renya; Satō Kōtoku



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