The Royal Berkshire Regiment marched into Kohima relieving the siege the next day, they found how good the supply drops had been because every tree had parachutes attached to them showing the air crews did their job well even in the monsoon weather.
This was not the end of the battle, the Japanese through everything into the recapture of Kohima. One sniper Private Burton shot 43 Japanese when they tried to break out of a burning basha. District Commissioner Charles Pawsey's bungalow was still in the middle of the fighting with his tennis court as no mans land. Two of the three brigade commanders who led an attack were killed and the other wounded. The enemy had to be cleared from the heights before Kohima could be cleared, in Naga Village on the British left flank the Japanese were entrenched, the 5th Infantry Brigade fought for this vantage point and won taking over the highest point in the area. They held on till the rest of the division overtook their position. The 4th Brigade fought for the other flank this was a ridge overlooking the Imphal road, this was reached by a very steep precipice, traveling through the night but they did not reach the crest and with the morning mist could not see their destination. The Norfolk commander went forward to reconnoitre and found himself being fired on by a heavily-defended bunker system. Sergeant Bert Fitt charged with grenades and machine gun and then when his gun jammed hit out with it at the enemy and put in a grenade. The Norfolks cleared the Japanese from the hill.
With both flanks G.P.T. Ridge (General Purpose Transport) and D.I.S. Hill (Detail Issue Store), now cleared the assault on Jail Hill at the centre was launched. The 161st and 33rd and 6th Brigades led the first attack on May 4th and nearly made it, four days later the Queen's Royal Regiment dug in with two Gurkha companies they fought for three days and nights but finally captured the enemy position. A monument to the 2 Div now stands on Jail Hill it says " For your tomorrow they gave their today."
On May 14th Kohima Ridge was in British hands but the roads running south took days before they were cleared. The Japanese still had to be cleared out of awkward positions and Church Knoll was one of them, the British had been reinforced by the 7th Indian Division commanded by Major-General Frank Messaervy. Three assaults on the ridge had to be made before it was won with a Gurkha jemadar leading his platoon at night killing seven Japanese himself to capture a 75-millimetre gun without a casualty in his platoon.
When the 50 day battle for Kohima was over, costing the Japanese 4,000 lives, Stopford then was able to push across the Imphal Plain towards Imphal where General Scoones was holding off the enemy. The Japanese were reporting that Imphal had already been taken by their crack 33rd Division, but as they left the cover of the foothills and attacked with all their might, Scoones was prepared and opened fire with everything he could so pushing the enemy back into the hills. The bombers and artillery kept up the bombardment on the enemy positions until the infantry moved in, so by the end of May all the hills in the 600 square miles of the plain were occupied by allied troops. This only left the rearguard positions and the allies were finding these to be stubborn but the Japanese were now on the defensive.
The British decided that now was the time to destroy these crack enemy troops and leave Burma open for recapture. Two Corps commanders agreed a plan which included Ukhrul, the Japanese stronghold in the mountains between the Imphal road and Chindwin River. On June 22nd at noon the Fourteenth Army joined together at milestone 109 just north of Imphal. The 7th Division then drove eastward towards Ukhrul while the 20 Division under the command of General Stopford pushed north-eastward along the Imphal to Ukhrul axis. Peowne's columns had closed in on Ukhrul from the north leaving no escape for the Japanese. By mid-July Ukhrul was cleared adding to the Japanese heavy casualties.
Below Imphal at Bishenpaur the Japanese 33rd Division held on against the 17th Division and the fighting was bitter with no side gaining any advantage, in this battle the British and Gurkha soldiers gained three Victoria Cross. To root the Japanese the heaviest artillery was got together and bombarded the Japanese at Bingthoutong Kha Khunog where the enemy were at their strongest. It was said that not one leaf was left on a tree after this action. When this action finished the infantry advanced with 25lb pole charges on the end of bamboo poles.
In December at the Imphal Plain in front of Scottish, Gurkha and Punjab regiments general Slim was knighted by the viceroy along with his three Corps Commanders, Christison, Scones and Stopford.
Imphal was as bad for the Japanese as Flanders was for the Germans in WWI for here on the 'Bloody Plain' 50,000 of the best of the Japanese army were slaughtered.