This image was taken only a year before the start of the Burma Campaign in 1942. During the first year of the campaign the Japanese Army, with the help of Thailand and the newly formed Burma National Army led by Aung San, drove British as well as Chinese forces out and occupied the country. In 1944, when it was clear the Japanese had no intention of giving Burma full independence, father of Aung San Suu Kyi, General Aung San, asked the UK to form a coalition against the Japanese with other allies. Subsequently, the Japanese were driven out by 1945. This photograph of the boy with the gun prop is a dark precursor to the violent times that were awaiting Burma.