A little known battle between Russian and Japanese forces in 1939 redirects each country’s directional ambitions. Russia focuses on the West, too close for Hitler’s comfort and Japan turns to the South, eventually coming to the attention of the Americans.
It’s the beginning of the end for the Allied defense of Burma. While Gen. Slim’s men are pushed back, their Chinese Allies in the Shan States of attacked and scattered. Their only hope of survival is to head back home. Another seemingly Japanese victory.