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Battle of Imphal/Kohima voted Britain's Greatest Battle

‘Next to a battle lost, the saddest thing is a battle won.’
Arthur Wellesley, The First Duke of Wellington

On 31 January 2013, the National Army Museum kick-started Britain’s Greatest Battles, an online public poll, exhibition and series of events, which explore the tactics, impact and innovations behind 20 significant British battles from the English Civil War to modern day Afghanistan.

Britain’s Greatest Battles arms the public with the key facts, profiles and images about these remarkable conflicts and challenges them to decide which one they feel is the ‘greatest’ by voting online and at the Museum’s Targeted Talk on Saturday 20 April 2013.

Britain’s Greatest Battles is the third in a series of ‘Greatest’ public polls. It was devised by the Museum to demonstrate the personal and global impact of these battles and to commemorate the most notable clashes the British Army has ever seen, and draw attention to some lesser-known ones.

Discover more and take part in a range of Britain’s Greatest Battles activities.

The Online Vote and Targeted Talk

The public voted online for their ‘greatest’ battle between Thursday 31 January 2013 to Wednesday 20 March 2013.

The top five battles as voted for by the public, went forward and were represented at an all-day Targeted Talk speakers event on Saturday 20 April 2013, where celebrity speakers battled it out to see their chosen conflict crowned Britain’s Greatest Battle. Only the votes registered at this live event will counted towards determining Britain’s Greatest Battle.

The twin Second World War clashes of Imphal and Kohima were named as the  greatest ever battle involving British forces.

See also Victory over Japanese at Kohima named Britain's Greatest Battle.