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Victoria Point

Victoria Point (98.540E 9.994N) is the southernmost point of Burma and was the site of an important British airfield in late 1941.  In the event of war, this airfield would be a vital link in the air bridge through which Allied air reinforcements could be sent from India to Malaya.  The Japanese understood this, and landed elements of the 143rd Regiment, 55 Division, 25 Army on the opposite coast of the Kra Isthmus at Jumbhorn (Chumphon) on 8 December 1941.  These forces seized Victoria Point on 13 December after the British evacuated their small garrison (consisting of a battalion of 2 Burma Brigade.)

References

Allen (1984)

Willmott (1982)



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