“When you go home, tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today,” reads an epitaph written by English classicist, John Maxwell Edmonds, as you walk through the gardens of Kohima's War Cemetery. Set amidst picturesque surroundings, the war cemetery was built in April, 1944, to honour the brave soldiers of the 2nd British Division of the Allied Forces, who lost their lives during the Second World War. The war cemetery houses as many as 1,420 graves and is well-maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The cemetery was built in the tennis court of the then deputy commissioner's residence. This is the exact place where one of the fiercest battles against the Japanese was fought. Popularly remembered as the 'Stalingrad of the East', the battle of Kohima was fought from April 4 to June 22 in 1944. The cemetery is nestled on the Garrison Hill and offers a gorgeous panoramic view of Kohima. The cemetery's top also houses a dome-like memorial which was raised to honour the 917 Hindu and Sikh soldiers who lost their lives in the battle and were cremated according to their faith. A visit to the cemetery leaves visitors absolutely fascinated by the courageous tales of the martyrs who rest here. 

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