Saturday, December 3, 2016

23 January, 2011. A colourful parade was on Sunday, January 23, 2011 held at the Myohaung Barracks, Takoradi to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the Battle of Myohaung.
On parade were three contingents drawn from the three arms of service. Also present were a contingent of veterans with the colour party and the Air Force band in attendance. The parade was commanded by Maj Charles Bendemah.
The anniversary of the Battle of Myohaung is an annual event set aside to honour gallant servicemen who lost their lives on 23 January 1945 in World War 2. The advance of the Japanese imperial force on India during the Second World War necessitated the decision of the British to use her colonial troops, the Royal West African Frontier Force (RWAFF), to fight alongside the Indian troops.
RWAFF had helped drive the Germans out of Africa during the First World War. This brought about the involvement of the 81 and 82 Divisions advancing on convergent axis and emerged victorious on the battle field. The two divisions were raised and amalgamated into the Royal West African Frontier Force to serve outside Africa.
During the operations in Arakan in Burma in 1944-1945, it was decided to attack Myohaung with the objective of forcing the Japanese to withdraw from the area.  Myohaung was the ancient capital of the Arakanese Kings lying in the valley of river Kaladan. The attack was to be carried out from the north by the 81 West African Division and  from the south by the 82 West African Division.  By 22 January 1945, the five brigades of the 81 and 82 Divisions were ready for the advance on Myohaung. The Battle of Myohaung was a singular success of the 81 and 82 West African Divisions and 23 January 1945 was an historic day for the Royal West African Frontier Force.
This year’s ceremony comprised the piling of drums and laying of colours. The Garrison Commander, Cdre Tim Appiah,  read the scriptures. The officiating clergy were Rev Frs Capt Agyemang and Capt FO Lokko and Capt NA Mohammed the Imam. Prayers were offered for the nation and the departed souls and for global peace. Ex CPOI Nana Amankwah read the short history of the Battle of Myohaung. It was followed by the sounding of the last post and  two minutes silence was then observed for the departed heroes. The reveille was then played and flags hoisted at full mast.
Among the dignitaries at the ceremony were Brig Gen Martin Ahiaglo, GOC Southern Command,
Mrs Betty Bosomtwi Sam, Deputy Western Regional Minister, Lt Col Dawohoso, CO 2BN and some high ranking officers of the GAF.