While General Slim's 14th Army was defending India from the possible attack by the Japanese. the advance came at a small place atop a 5000 ft ridge called Kohima in Burma. There the British and Indian Forces held a Japanese advance that was intended to thrust into India. The small 3,500 strong force of 161 Indian Brigade, which included the 4th Royal West Kents, held back the attack from 15,000 Japanese for 16 days and nights. Much of the fighting was bitter close quarter and hand-to-hand actions during which the British knew that the Japanese wouldn't take prisoners or hold the wounded and the only re-supply was from the air. One of the Hardest fought battles of the Second World War.