During World War II, Myitkyina fell to the Allied forces under General Joseph Stilwell after a prolonged siege and heavy fighting between Nationalist Chinese divisions and Merrill's Marauders of the Northern Combat Area Command and the besieged elements of the 33rd Imperial Japanese Army under General Masaki Honda. The town was strategically important not only because of its rail and water links to the rest of Burma, but also because it was on the planned route of the Ledo Road.
As the capital of the State, it has government offices, and a greater population than other cities in the State. The Kachin language is the common language among Kachin, but Burmese is the national language and everyone can speak Burmese. It has two big markets, Myitkyina University, a teachers college, a nursing training school, and a computer college, and various Christian theological seminaries and colleges affiliatied with several seminaries in the US and Asia,notably Kachin Theological College-Nawng Nan.
The city has a population of approximately 150,000. Major religions are Christianity and Buddhism, but other religions such as animism, Hinduism and Islam are also practised. Foreigners are now free to visit Myitkyina without prior government permission.
Allies wage fierce, prolonged fight for Japanese-held town of Myitkyina. (Originated from Knight-Ridder/ Tribune News Service)
Apr 28, 1994; The Japanese airstrips at Myitkyina, Burma, were the primary objective for Lt. Gen. Joseph Stilwell in the spring of 1944....
UNCLE OF JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK HEAD AMONG RECOVERED WORLD WAR II SERVICE MEN TO BE BURIED AT ARLINGTON
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