This Day in History: 1944-02-14

In Burma, 2nd South Lancashires carries out the longest assault river crossing of WW II, some 3 miles, at Nyaungu on the Irrawady. The first company crosses successfully and establishes a bridgehead but confusion, delay, equipment failure and the weakness of the rudimentary outboard motors leads to the follow-up companies coming under fire. They are forced back to the Allied bank with 65% casualties. But the South Lancashires’ bridgehead on the enemy bank holds and is relieved and reinforced later in the day by Indian troops.