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Air War for Burma: The Concluding Volume of The Bloody Shambles Series. The Allied Air Forces Fight Back in South-East Asia 1942-1945

Air War for Burma: The Concluding Volume of The Bloody Shambles Series. The Allied Air Forces Fight Back in South-East Asia 1942-1945 [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Shores
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In his monumental work Bloody Shambles, Volume Two, Christopher Shores described in detail the British retreat out of Burma, culminating at the end of May 1942. The monsoon then brought operations on land and in the air virtually to a halt for several months as the British and Indian forces prepared to retake Burma.

The Japanese however, had very different ideas. Air War for Burma picks up the story from the beginning of June 1942 and follows the hard-fought campaigns through to the end of the war in August 1945. Here the activities of the RAF and USAAF during the desperate fighting of 1942-44, resulting ultimately in victories at Imphal and Kohima, are fully recounted. No less a forgotten air force than was the 14th ‘Forgotten Army’, the RAF particularly was denied the most modern and effective aircraft until late in the fighting, struggling to survive with obsolescent equipment against frequently superior Japanese machines.

Described herein are the operations during the First and Second Arakan Campaigns; support for the Chindits in their long-range penetrations deep into enemy-held territory; the savage sieges of Imphal and Kohima; and the final victorious advance across the plains of Central Burma to Mandalay and Rangoon. Detailed also are the activities over the Indian Ocean and the East Indies of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers and the aircrews of the Fleet Air Arm.

Painstakingly researched from official sources, log books, letters and interviews, this is far and away the best reference work on the subject, and completes the set.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5079 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street Publishing; 1st edition (6 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AM1T8C8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Mr Shores book is exhaustively researched and must be the starting point for anyone looking to understand the factual framework for any study of the air war in SE Asia during World War Two.

Most importantly he also consults Japanese records and gives due space to the Japanese forces as well as the allies.

Good, no frills narrative history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Sep 2014
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More of the absolutely essential Shores series. Whilst very detailed it really gets across the operations in each theatre, explains the units involved, and shows the outcomes via carefully researched actual loss rates, not nonsensical over claims. Buy these books - all of them - if you are even vaguely interested in the WW2 Air War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 Nov 2014
Great and exaustive history of that theatre of operation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting Conclusion to a Definitive Air War Trilogy! 14 Jan 2007
By Michael OConnor - Published on
Christopher Shores' monumental history of the air war in Southeast Asia from 1942 to 1945 wraps up with this Grubb Street volume covering "the long road back" following the British defeat in Burma. Marked by impeccable research, this volume and the others in the BLOODY SHAMBLES set constitute the definitive story of that little-known air campaign.

Picking up immediately after the British retreat from Burma, Shores charts the Allies regrouping, resurgence and ultimate triumph over the Japanese. The Southeast Asia theater was considered a backwater by the Allied High Command, British Southeast Asia air units making do, for example, with Mohawks, Blenheims and Hurricanes for far too long. Eventually re-equipped with modern aircraft like Spits, Mosquitoes and Beaufighters, RAF units were joined by USAAF units flying P-51s, B-25s, B-24s, etc. in supporting Allied ops such as the Arakan campaigns, support of the Chindits and Merrill's Marauders and the push into Burma.

Shores crams a lot of information into 381 pages of text but AIR WAR FOR BURMA is eminently readable. (Appendices take up another 46 pages). The volume features over 220 photographs, many previously unpublished, along with area maps.

Though other books have dealt with this subject over the years, Shores' trilogy will stand the test of time as being the definitive account. His research into and use of official British, Japanese and American records along with personal reminiscences combine to produce a fresh, comprehensive and factual account of a geographically wide-ranging air campaign.

This is military aviation history at its finest.


An aside: In reading AIR WAR FOR BURMA, it was eye-opening to read of the over-claiming that resulted from the air combats fought. By utilizing Allied records and surviving Japanese records, Shores was able to uncover and present the first accurate account of those long-ago combats.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Account of a Forgotten Theatre of WW II 2 Jun 2008
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What can be said about a account of a forgotten area of WW II. This book covers the Allied Air Operations from 1942 thru 1945 in a part of the
world that rarely gets any coverage in ANY World War II publication.
And it is a quite detailed account of the day to day operations of the men
and aircraft involved. The author excels in this with spades, as does his other publications. Well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like if you were there 19 May 2013
By A. López - Published on
Very thoroughly researched, some people might say that, compared with the other two books of the Bloody Shambles series, it lacks depth, but, given that it covers almost 3 1/2 years of grinding air operations in a Theater of Operations comprising most of SE Asia (and SW China, too), the author is able to find the right balance between the use of official and personal accounts, and plain combat reports; otherwise, he might have found himself with a 1000 page volume, something that wouldn't have been that undesirable for a serious war buff, either.

Not the place for hyperbolic sentences, or wording born out of the mind of a poet, if you have a genuine interest in the history of warfare, then this series of books delivers a chronicle that tells you in detail where, when, who and how; it takes you right into the hectic years of WW2 in Asia.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Air War For Burma 9 April 2011
By S. Douglas - Published on
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I enjoyed Bloody Shambles Volume 1 and Volume 2. It was just as well this book was not labeled Volume 3, because it is nothing like the first two books, as it lacks all the variety of interviews and stories included in the first two volumes, which made them great. All-in-all a big disappointment.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Shores history 28 Mar 2013
By mmmmark - Published on
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Shores is probably one of the most detailed aviation historey writers and this is no exceptioin. Very definate on the subject
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