- Literally "lieutenant" in the Burmese (Myanmar) language, it refers more generally to a military officer or commander. Just before World War II, the Thirty Comrades used the title to refer to themselves, along with a nom de guerre (e.g., Bo Let Ya). Bo was also used to refer to the commanders of local armies, or local political bosses. Bogyoke, meaning "major general," refers to the army's commander in chief but historically has been used to refer to two men, Bogyoke Aung San, founder of the Tatmadaw, and Bogyoke Ne Win, his successor.See also Tatmadaw, History of.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.