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Bahadur Shah II, last Mughal Emperor of India (1838-1857). Painted by August Schoefft in 1854. Shah II was the last Mughal emperor and a member of the Timurid Dynasty. After his involvement in the Indian Rebellion of 1857, the British tried and then exiled him from Delhi and sent him to Rangoon in then-British-controlled Desi.
LIFE - June 8, 1942 - Flight From Burma
LIFE - June 8, '42 - Flight From Burma-In late February LIFE Photographer George Rodger raced down from Mandalay through Prome in his Army jeep to cover the death throes of Rangoon. What he found is seen on this page. On Feb. 20 the British had ordered total evacuation of the city. The great Oriental port of 400,000 was deserted (above, right) when Rodger drove in three days later, except for the howling of packs of starved mongrel dogs. Even the fire department had been sent north to Mandal...
1945: Allied forces under Supreme Commander Lord Louis Mountbatten hold a victory parade along Shwe Dagon Pagoda Road. The reviewing stand was near the intersection with Montgomery Road, near Jubilee Hall and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. The march past include units of the Indian Army, the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the US Army, the Chinese Army, and the "Patriotic Burma Forces" under General Aung San.
Boundary Road (now Dhammazedi Road) in Rangoon about a hundred years ago, not far from where the City Mart, Savoy Hotel, and Sharkey's restaurant are today. It was called "Boundary Road" because it was long the "boundary" of the city, and was the home of well-known Burmese such as one-time mayor U Pa Thein, who had a beautiful teak house. Golden Valley just to the north was not built until much later, during 1920s and 1930.