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Not Ordinary Men: The Story of the Battle of Kohima

Not Ordinary Men: The Story of the Battle of Kohima [Kindle Edition]

John Colvin
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Having driven the British and Indian Forces out of Burma in 1942, General Mutaguchi, Commanding the 15th Japanese Army, was obsessed by the conquest of India. In 1944 the British 14th Army, under its commander General Slim, drew back to the Imphal Plain, before Mutaguchi’s impending offensive.

To the north, however, the entire Japanese 31 Division had crossed the Chindwin and, on April 5, arrived at the hill-station and road junction of Kohima, cutting off Imphal except by air, from the supply point at Dimpapur.

Kohima was initially manned by only 266 men of the Assam Regiment and a few hundred convalescents and administrative troops. They were joined, on April 5, by 440 men of the Fourth Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment, straight from the Battle of Arakan.

In pouring rain, under continual bombardment, this tiny garrison held the assaults of thirteen thousand Japanese troops in hand-to-hand combat for sixteen days, an action described by Mountbatten as ‘probably one of the greatest battles in history ... in effect the Battle of Burma, naked, unparalleled heroism, the British/Indian Thermopylae’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword (5 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Ordinary Men 8 Mar 2014
By G Hill
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To any reader interested in military history. To any person who would like to try and understand the mind of a British soldier under battle conditions, Not ordinary men, is a compelling read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Officer class 20 Jan 2014
By Caplock
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A half decent read about that time in history of the war in the far east , although I came away thinking it was won by the officers and the ordinary blokes were there just to make the numbers up ! Not a equal telling.
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I enjoyed this book the story of a scratch Anglo Indian force outnumbered ten to one by a Japaneses division held a 1 km square of hill tops overlooked on several sides for a fortnight. The book has no political axe to grind. The cruelty and fanaticism of the Japanese needs to be understood to take a position meant killing all then Japaneses few prisoners were taken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extra - Ordinary-MEN 29 July 2013
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Its just unbelievable to realize how these brave men got threw the hard, dirty, tiring time and survived. I was totally enthralled through out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing history! 23 July 2013
By royston
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a part of history of WW2 not known before this amazing story of courage and fortitude.
against unbeliveable odds.
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