Despite every indication that the battle of Imphal was lost, General Mutaguchi kept attacking. With new reinforcements, the Japanese hoped to finally isolate and take Bishenpur, and cut the Silchar track. Along the track, the 1st Battalion (3rd Regiment) Gurkha Rifles had fortified two locations, called “Bastion” and “Top Bastion”.
During the misty morning the Japanese approached “Top
Bastion” in battalion strength, even using some of their precious artillery
ammunition to soften up the dug-in Gurkhas. Despite the preparation, the
battle-hardened Gurkhas were confident they could withstand another
Japanese assault. However, with new Japanese reinforcements came new
Attacker: Japanese (2nd Battalion, 151st Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 213th Regiment, 15th Army)