Kohima tennis court. Battle of the tennis court. The battle of the tennis court was part of the battle of kohima in north east india from april 4 june 22 1944 during the burma campaign of the second world war. The tennis court and terraces of kohima were the site of heavy fighting between the japanese 31th infantry division and the indian xxxiii corps consisting of the 161st indian infantry brigade and british 6th infantry brigade. From 3 to 16 april the japanese attempted to capture kohima ridge a feature which dominated the road by which the besieged british and indian troops of iv corps at imphal were supplied.
The kohima ridge consisted of features such as garrison hill jail hill field supply depot fsd hill. The battle of the tennis court was the turning point in the battle of kohima in north east india from april 4 june 22 1944. Kohima had a tennis court because it had an imperial bungalow the home in fact of deputy commissioner charles pawsey in pre war times. By april 5 the british had been forced back onto the kohima ridge.
The gore constant fighting and casualties were almost unprecedented. A unique battle developed between british and japanese upon a small tennis court ion nagaland a battle that had cost the lives of tens of thousands. The japanese advance into india was halted at kohima in april 1944 and garrison hill on a long wooded ridge on a high ridge west of the village. The kohima war cemetery offers a tribute to the fallen comrades of the world war ii who died in the battle of kohima.
The battle was fought in three stages from 4 april to 22 june 1944 around the town of kohima in nagaland in northeast india.