History Of Burma
At the outbreak of the Second World
War, Aung San seized the opportunity to bring about burmese independence.
He and 29 others, known as the Thirty Comrades, left Burma to
undergo military training in Japan. In 1941, they fought alongside
the Japanese who invaded Burma. The Japanese promised Aung San
that if the British were defeated, they would grant Burma her
freedom. Then it became clear that the Japanese would not follow
through with thier promise, Aung San quickly negotiated an agreement
with the British to help them defaet the Japanese. Working together,
the British, Indians and Burma’s Thirty Comrades successfully
expelled the Japanese from Burma in May 1945.
Hailed as the architect of Burma’s new-found
independence by the majority of Burmese, Aung San was able to
negotiate an agreement in January 1947 with the British, under
which Burma would be granted total independence from Britian.
An election was held to form an interim government, in which
Aung San’s party (the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League) won
248 out of 255 assembly seats. Only 32 years old at the time,
an eloquent and determined Aung San made an historic trip to
London during this period of transition, Although a controversial
figure to some ethnic minorities, he also had reguler meetings
with ethnic leaders throughout Burma in an effort to create reconciliation
and unity for all Burmese.