There is a lot happening in this image. You can see a Burmese family sharing a cup of tea with a British soldier during the Japanese Siege of Meiktila of the Burma Campaign, with a range of emotions on their faces. One looks defiant, a few look unsure, and some look scared. Your eyes dart back and forth between the military uniform, the domestic presence of a cup of tea, the child cowering in the background, and the dug-out shelter that the seemingly large family are all living in. After Meiktila was captured by the Allies, the Japanese tried multiple times to recover the city, but were consistently put off by Indian troops.
Meiktila, Mandalay Region, Burma (Myanmar).
10 March 1945. Image taken by Sgt. R. Watson, No. 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit.