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Secrets behind the wall:

Mandalay 700 km north of Rangoon was the Royal city of the Burmese until it fell to the British in the 2nd Anglo-Burmese War of 1885. The British annexed Upper Burma and exiled the last Burmese King to India, where he died in 1916. His old Palace, 1.5 miles on each side and surrounded by a fresh moat that dominating the city, became the British military and administrative headquaters and christened the complex Fort Dufferin.

The name Fort Dufferin was used until well after the Brits left in 1947. The Japanese ocupied Mandalay in 1941 after burning much of the city, and remained until driven out by the Allies in 1945. The Palace was destroyed in the last battle for the city in 1945. The Fort is now a Burmese Army base and much more interesting are the old British barracks still in use, the lively Garrison life, an abandoned narrow guage railroad track, a rusted collection of WWII cannons and the extensive Japanese bunkers that are intact and likely in use as storehouses and the like now.

This close up was taken across the moat and exposed on the foreground.

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