A small number of veterans of that gruelling war in the Pacific are still alive.
Among them those who were part of The Chindits – a special unit, were made up of troops from the UK, Burma, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, West Africa and the USA. They operated deep behind enemy lines in Myanmar’s humid jungles. Conditions were appalling – and so was the casualty rate. Our reporter Jane Dodge has been speaking to one of their fast dwindling number. His memories remain vivid, seven and a half decades on.