Museum Staff attend Book launch
In early November 2011 the curator of the museum (Bob Cook) and his assistant (Brian Ward) were invited to attend the launch of the latest book on the Burma Campaign.
Japan’s Final Bid for Victory was written by well-known author and military historian Rob Lyman. Rob – a retired army officer is also the Chairman of the Kohima Educational Trust, a charity set up by Veterans of the Battle of Kohima to sponsor poor but gifted children of the Naga tribes who would otherwise have no opportunity for further education. This in some small way serves to repay the Naga tribesmen and women for the great and valuable assistance which they tendered without question to the British and Indian troops during the Battle for Kohima and subsequent actions.
Also attending the launch was Mrs Akiko Macdonald, Chairwoman of the Burma Campaign Society. The BCS continues to foster Anglo Japanese goodwill and cooperation through the mediums of education and communication.
Mrs Macdonald’s father was a lieutenant veterinary surgeon serving with the 31st Division of the Japanese Imperial Army.