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Flight By Elephant: The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue

Flight By Elephant: The Untold Story of World War II's Most Daring Jungle Rescue [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Martin
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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From the reviews of ‘Flight by Elephant’:

‘A delightful, true-life Boys’ Own adventure, brilliantly told with delicious, dry with by a writer in full command of his subject’ Jame Delingpole, Mail on Sunday

‘Andrew Martin's ‘Flight By Elephant’ is defiantly Boy's Own stuff … a great adventure’ Ben East, Observer

‘Martin’s book is spirited, readable account of a daring rescue straight out of a Boy’s Own adventure’ Financial Times

‘Flight by Elephant is at its best in the occasional flashes of scene-setting’ James Owen, Daily Telegraph

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The incredible story of Gyles Mackrell and his Burmese, elephant-assisted wartime rescue mission.

In the summer of 1942, Gyles Mackrell – a decorated First World War pilot and tea plantation overseer, performed a series of heroic rescues in the hellish jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma – with the aid of twenty elephants.

At the age of 53, Mackrell went into the ‘green hell’ of the Chaukan Pass on the border of North Burma and Assam. Here, Mackrell and a team of elephant riders rescued Indian army soldiers, British civilians and their Indian servants, from the pursuing Japanese, directing the elephants through jungle passes and raging rivers, and territory infested with sand flies, mosquitoes and innumerable leeches. Those he saved were all on the point of death from starvation or fever: that summer was spent in a fight against time.

Now in Andrew Martin’s hands this never-before-told tale of heroics is given the shape of a suspenseful adventure, a wartime rescue whose facts are the stuff of fiction. ‘Flight By Elephant’ is a gripping chronicle of war and survival, starring everyone’s favourite animal – the powerful, exotic and hugely loveable elephant.

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More About the Author

Andrew Martin grew up in Yorkshire. After qualifying as a barrister, he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year Award, 1988. Since, he has written for The Guardian, the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, the Independent and Granta, among many other publications. His columns have appeared in the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman. His Jim Stringer novels - railway thrillers - have been published by Faber and Faber since 2002.

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4.0 out of 5 stars To the Elephant 2 Aug 2014
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Phew! I am an avid reader of the Forgotten Army and this is another powerful read from that period. Thank goodness for the British Tea Planter, and the truly wonderful locals, from Karen, to Karchen, to name but two. But especially to the magnificent Elephant who so steadfastly and honourably helped his Mayhout help mankind, and without any understanding of Japan, or The British Empire, or why he and she was doing what they were doing. Delightfully non-military!
M. J. Gloyens
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story 19 May 2014
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Bought as a gift but know the story so I am confident the gift will be accepted and enjoyed thankyou
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Flight by Elephant 14 July 2013
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I was aware of the history and the author Andrew Martin got it about right--the work of Gyles Mackrell did involve a lot of different organisations who had their own ideas of what should be done and how, but his special; knowledge of elephants was the keyAlso a great tribute top the Mahouts
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flight by elephants 13 May 2014
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This book could have done with a few diagrams and maps to give some indication of area covered and direction of travel. I got lost as they did in the jungle. It did not hold my attention and I did not finish it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A great tale wasted. 13 Aug 2014
Andrew Martin has taken what is a remarkably interesting stoty and crushed the life out of it. Uninspiring writing style, slow, stumbling pace and a lack of feeling drag this down to two stars.
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Exciting and terrifying. What an amazing story of heroism and self sacrifice. Told so well that I could visualise the area described. I couldn't put the book down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 8 Aug 2014
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Better to be read by younger men than your average reader. A real "boys own" story. Well-written and documented.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 29 Aug 2013
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I generally like WW2 based historical stories but in this work there is far too much dry detail.
Nevertheless I thought that it portrayed the people that kept the British Empire alive very well
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