Asansol (86.96E 23.695N) is a city in eastern India. It is the center of a major coal mining district. The mines at Raniganj (87.123E 23.599S) were the first to be extensively exploited in India. Even more extensive deposits of coal were found at Jharia (86.429E 23.745N), which were the most productive in India at the time of the Pacific War. These mines accounted for most of the total Indian coal production of 29 million tons per year in 1942. The coal tends to form relatively thick seams (greater than 5' or 1.5m in thickness) and much is of coking quality.

The city had an airfield capable of supporting heavy bombers when war broke out in the Pacific. The airfield was later used by air units supporting operations by the Chindits.

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