New tour by Sampan Travel shines light on Myanmar’s forgotten WWII heroes


Myanmar-based boutique tour operator Sampan Travel will be hosting The Forgotten War Tour, exploring the stories and legacy of the Second World War in Burma, come March 2020.

The tour will be led by Robert Lyman who, after 20 years as an officer in the British Army, has written extensively on the Burma Campaign.

The tour will include a private screening of the documentary Forgotten Allies, which follows the story of the men of Myanmar who fought for the British against the Japanese during World War II, but were forgotten post-Burmese independence. Some of these veterans still live in the most remote parts of Myanmar today.

Guests will be taken to the Burma Death Railway of Thanbyuzayat, the sites of the Chindit Operations in Kachin State, and down the Ayeyarwaddy to see the river crossings of the 14th Army at Bagan.

Sampan Travel’s managing director Bertie Alexander Lawson said: “The Burma Campaign of the Second World War is often described as the ‘Forgotten War’, and the soldiers that fought in it, ‘The Forgotten Army.’ Yet the stories that came out of it – stories of courage and audacity – are as great and varied as in any of the other theatres of war. This tour shines a light on those stories.”

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