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The Road to Kohima: In conversation with co-author Harry Fecitt

Road to Kohima online event


Co-author Harry Fecitt discusses the background and writing to “The Road to Kohima” with KET trustee, historian Dr Robert Lyman.

About the book:

Together with Charles Chasie in Nagaland, Harry has written an extraordinary book which tells, for the first time, the Naga experience during the battle of Kohima in 1944. We’ll hear how the path to war revealed itself in the Naga Hills, and what the Naga view of the combatants (on both sides) was. We will learn what happened to the population of Kohima, and hear what the Naga veterans themselves recall of this time, documented in print for the first time in this volume.

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Our Speakers:

Harry Fecitt author Road to Kohima
Harry Fecitt MBE, TD
Harry Fecitt MBE, TD is a former British Army infantry officer. In his retirement he has taken a keen interest in the less-well-known incidents in British military history, researching and writing for several military journals. His aim is to emphasize the forgotten contributions and sacrifices made by the soldiers of former British Imperial territories who volunteered to serve the British Crown. He is the author of Sideshows of the Indian Army in World War 1 and Distant Battlefields: The Indian Army in the Second World War.
Dr Robert Lyman, Trustee Kohima Educational Trust
Dr Robert Lyman
Trustee @Kohima Educational Trust
Born in New Zealand in January 1963 and educated in Australia, Robert Lyman was, for twenty years, an officer in the British Army. Educated at Scotch College, Melbourne he was commissioned into the Light Infantry from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in April 1982. In addition to a business career he is an author and military historian, publishing books in particular on the war in the Far East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Robert is married to Hannah, has two sons, and lives in Berkshire.
Sylvia May, CEO Kohima Educational Trust
Sylvia May
Chief Executive Officer @Kohima Educational Trust
Sylvia May was born in New Jersey, USA in 1957. Her parents moved to England in 1963. Educated at High Wycombe School for Girls, she decided to pursue a career in the world of books. Sylvia worked for HarperCollins for 37 years, the last eleven of which she headed up their UK-based International Sales team. Sylvia May is the daughter of the late Gordon Graham, Founder and President of the Kohima Educational Trust. She is proud that her father has inspired many people to share his vision to commemorate those who fought and died in Kohima, and the wonderful Naga people who have done so much for the British in the past. She first visited India in 1994 with her husband Robert, and has returned on numerous occasions, staying in Kohima several times. In 2000, they followed the WWII route of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, her father’s regiment. The regiment’s first main engagement in this theatre of war was the Battle of Kohima.

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