Wreaking Havoc Behind Enemy Lines
KUNG SA, BURMA
Between April 1942 and July 1945, Detachment 101 and its guerrilla army of Kachin volunteers rescued 425 downed Allied airmen, killed 5,400 Japanese soldiers, blew up 57 bridges, de-railed 9 trains, destroyed 272 trucks and other vehicles, and captured or destroyed 15,000 tons of munitions and other supplies. Twenty-seven Americans and 338 tribesmen - mostly Kachins - were killed during the operation.
Despite an everpresent threat of Japanese retaliation, members of Detachment 101 lived in the jungle and recruited more than 20,000 Kachin guerrillas to fight at some point during the occupation of Burma.