• The Road to Kohima, The Naga Experience in the 2nd World War by Charles Chasie and Harry Fecitt

About the Book

In the Naga experience, the Second World War has always been called the Japanese invasion by people who lived through it. In Tenyidie, it is Japan Kepar tei or Japan Ruwho. The nature of the War as it affected the Naga Hills was different from anywhere else, that is what we were told in the post-war years.

Growing up in the 1960s we played soldiers in my grandfather's garden in Mission Compound where the wartime trenches had been left as they were. My brother managed to fill up a tin trunk with bullets collected from the garden.

In 1977, nine children were playing with an undetonated mortar shell in Kohima village when it exploded and killed eight of the youngsters.

In the 60s, many households used British ammunition boxes as baking ovens. My mother and her friends baked the most wonderful cakes in the rectangular boxes for birthdays, Christmas and festive occasion. By the 70s, electric ovens had replaced the ammunition boxes and no one seems to have thought they should have kept the ammo boxes for museum purposes. 

In the Naga Hills, the War has stayed with us many years after it was over. No Naga family is without its personal wartime story to tell.

Author: Charles Chasie

Charles Chasie is a Kohima-based independent researcher and author. He was a former editor and journalist in Nagaland and a winner of the prestigious Assam Media Trust Award. The author has closely observed, assessed and written about contemporary Naga events as they unfolded. He has contributed to various journals and publications, both in India and abroad for over three decades, and authored and co-authored books on media and the Naga situation. Among his work are. "The Naga Imbroglio: A Personal Perspective," digitised by Michigan University, "The State Strikes Bank: India and the Naga Insurgency," (co-authored) for East-West Center, Washington, (Policy Studies 52) and recently published the book, "The Road to Kohima: The Naga Experience in the 2nd World War", the first comprehensive Naga Narrative of the War (co-authored), November, 2017.

Author: Major Harry Fecitt

Harry Fecitt is a former British Army infantry officer who has also served in the armies of Zambia, the Sultanate of Oman and Dubai. In retirement, he takes a keen interest in the less well-known incidents in British colonial military history, researching and writing for several military journals. His aim is to emphasise the forgotten contributions and sacrifices made by the soldiers of former British Imperial territories who volunteered to serve the British Crown, and in his travels, he has visited the World War II battlefields in North-eastern India where he met his co-author.

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