The Naga Peoples and ‘The Forgotten Army’

Guest Speaker: Carolyn Prellwitz, CHS President

November 16, 2023, 7 pm St. John’s Church Hall

Naga People
Naga People, Photo by Carolyn Prellwitz

Every November there are many newspaper articles and TV documentaries on the European battles of both World War I and World War II and the armies involved in those events.

Rarely is there media coverage on the events that happened in the Southeast Asia theatre of the Second World War fought between Commonwealth nations and Japan.  Even at the time the events were occurring between 1941 and 1945, the Allied Burma Campaign was overlooked by both press and public interest, so much so that the multi-racial soldiers involved in that struggle and fighting under the British flag called themselves ‘The Forgotten Army’.

And yet, the Burma Campaign – the only Allied land operation in Southeast Asia – resulted in the greatest defeat of a Japanese field army to date.

Kohima War Cemetary, Photo by Carolyn Prellwitz

Cowichan Historical Society President, Carolyn Prellwitz, is the featured guest speaker for the Cowichan Historical Society on Thursday, November 16th, 2023, beginning at 7 pm at St John’s Church Hall, 486 Jubilee Street, Duncan, BC.  The hall parking lot can be accessed off First Street.

The talk and slide show arose out of an off-the-beaten-track reconnaissance tour Ms. Prellwitz took to the provinces of Assam and Nagaland, India in February 2017.  The presentation will include some of her personal photos from that tour, information on the Naga peoples living in the area as well as two Cowichan Valley connections to 1942 and 1944 Nagaland events.

Admission to the event by non-members of the Cowichan Historical Society is by donation, with all proceeds raised going to the Society.