Burma Defence Army


Burma Defence Army
   (BDA)
   The Burmese armed force that replaced the Burma Independence Army (BIA). Formally established on August 26, 1942, its recruits were taken chiefly from among BIA veterans. With Aung San serving as commander in chief, the BDA consisted initially of three 1,000-man battalions, based at Pyinmana in the central part of the country. Japanese military advisors on all levels kept a close eye on its operations. An officers' training school was established at the former British military cantonment of Mingaladon, north of Rangoon (Yangon), and the most promising graduates were sent to military academies in Japan for further study. Like the BIA, the overwhelming majority of its officers and men were Burmans.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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