Ceremony in India commemorates WWII battle

Japanese and Indian officials have gathered to remember the victims of one of the fiercest battles of World War Two.

A memorial service was held on Wednesday in India's northeastern city of Imphal.

The Japanese Imperial Army launched an offensive in the area in 1944, attacking British forces.

Tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides died in what today is known as "the Battle of Imphal." An estimated 30,000 Japanese perished during the fighting.

The ceremony on Wednesday was held at the Imphal Peace Museum, which was opened three years ago.
Attendees offered flowers for the victims.

The museum is a symbol of peace and reconciliation. It recounts the events of the battle, and displays artillery shells and other artifacts collected by local people.