|Battle of Mount Song/ Ramou|
|Part of the Burma Campaign of World War II|
Chinese Nationalist soldiers fighting near Salween River
|Commanders and leaders|
|20,000||1,300-strong detachment from 56th division (including 300 wounded soldiers).|
|Casualties and losses|
|7,763 casualties including 4,000 killed|| 1,290 killed |
The Battle of Mount Song (traditional Chinese :松山戰役; simplified Chinese :松山战役; pinyin :Sōng Shān Zhànyì), also known as the Battle of Ramou(拉孟の戦い), in 1944 was part of a larger campaign in southwest China during the Second World War. Chinese Nationalist forces aimed to retake the Burma Road.
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