Burma National Army

   Armed force established in August 1943, after Burma received nominal independence from Japan's premier, Tojo Hideki. The BNA's commander was Bo Ne Win, while Aung San served as minister of defense in Dr. Ba Maw's cabinet. The BNA was essentially the reorganized Burma Defence Army and had a strength of approximately 15,000 men in late 1944. On March 17, 1945, Aung San presided over a ceremony in Rangoon (Yangon) marking the BNA's departure for the front, and 10 days later, on March 27 (commemorated now as Armed Forces Day), the army began attacking Japanese units, largely through guerrilla operations. Lord Louis Mountbatten, Commander for South-East Asia, recognized the BNA as part of the Allied war effort, designating them the Patriotic Burmese Forces.
   See also Anti-Fascist Organization; Force 136; Japanese Occupation; World War II in Burma (Military Operations).

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