When Britain tamed ‘superman’
Before 1944's battle of the Admin Box, the British were the whipping boys of the Burma campaign. After the battle, they had the supposedly invincible Japanese on the run. James Holland explores one of the Second World War's forgotten turning points
On the night of 9 February 1944 – deep in the province of Arakan in western Burma – Trooper Norman Bowdler of the 25th Dragoons’ C squadron was on turret duty.