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

Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten in Burma, March 1944. (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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.

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