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Ft. Leavenworth: Spring 1944: The Turning Point in the China-Burma-India Theater in World War 2

November 5 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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In the spring of 1944, the conflict in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) began to turn in favor of the Allies.   The Japanese, in two offensives: ICHIGO (Operation Number 1) in China; and, U-GO (Operation C) in India, endeavored to take China out of the war and drive the British from India.  General William Slim’s 14th Army successfully defended at Kohima and Imphal and quickly launched a counterattack into Burma.  General Joseph Stilwell’s forces from the Chinese Army in India supported this effort along with Orde Wingate’s Chindits and American advised Chinese forces from Y-Force headquartered in Kunming. In China, Chiang Kai-shek’s forces eventually turned the tide on the Japanese attempt to knock out airfields in China capable of hitting the mainland and secure a landline of communication from Korea to Southeast Asia.  The final Allied victory in mainland Asia began with the destruction of Japanese forces in China, Burma, and India in the spring of 1944.

This special program will be live-streamed to the institute’s YouTube channel and to its website, Due to continuing concerns regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic, the program will only be available online. Follow the Dole Institute on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for updates regarding this and future programming.

Dr. Geoff Babb

Dr. Joseph G. D. (Geoff) Babb is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel currently serving as an Associate Professor of History at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  Dr. Babb holds a BA from Bowdoin College, a MPA from Clark University, a MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Babb served as a China Foreign Area Officer educated in Hong Kong and Beijing.  He served in Washington D.C. at the Defense Intelligence Agency and on the Joint Staff. He also was a regional desk officer in Hawaii at US Pacific and Army Pacific Commands.  He has written on the American military’s role in China in Volumes I and II of Through the Joint, Interagency, and Multinational Lens: Perspectives on the Operational Environment. His most recent publication is a chapter on the Korea War published in Weaving the Tangled Web; Military Deception in Large-Scale Combat Operations issued by Army University Press.

The Ft. Leavenworth Series

The Ft. Leavenworth Series is an annual roster of lectures focusing on significant historical events, usually with an emphasis on military history. Each lecture is presented by faculty from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. Established by General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1881, the CGSC is the graduate college for U.S. Army and sister service officers. The esteemed faculty and guests of the CGSC provide unique and captivating insights into the history of military conflict from the ancient to the modern ages at the Dole Institute of Politics.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.


November 5
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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