This Day in History
Vinegar Joe Stillwell


Reopening of the Burma Road

The job that faced Roosevelt after the disaster at Pearl Harbor was to save Hawaii and recover the Philippines; the job that faced Churchill, after the fall of Singapore, with its eighty thousand defenders-the worst defeat Britain had ever suffered-was to protect Australia and India. In January of 1942 Roosevelt appointed the man who knew more about China than anyone else, General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, to command the American, British, and Chinese forces in Burma and China. His immediate task was to resist the Japanese advance towards India; and then to reopen the famed Burma Road, China’s only lifeline to the outside world.





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