Smith Dun, General


Smith Dun, General
   (1906-1979)
   A Karen (Kayin) officer who fought on the British side in World War II and was appointed commander of the Burma Army when independence was proclaimed in January 1948. In January 1949, he was obliged to resign because of the insurrection instigated by the Karen National Union; he was succeeded by Ne Win. Ne Win's appointment marked the beginning of the systematic "Burmanization" of the Tatmadaw. Smith Dun's experiences are recounted in his biography, Memoirs of the Four-Foot Colonel.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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