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The Chindwin River arises in northern Burma at the junction of several
smaller rivers in the Hukawng Valley. It flows about 750 miles (1200 km) south
into the Irrawady, of which
it is the largest tributary. Its lower 350 miles (560 km) are navigable to river
traffic, but most of its valley was undeveloped in 1941, though teak wood was harvested along its banks.
The Chindwin was a significant military barrier, and marked the front line between the Allied and Japanese forces during most of the long stalemate in Burma. However, its upper reaches were easily fordable during the peak of the dry season.
ReferencesRomanus and Sunderland (1953)
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