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‘The sense of front-line danger is palpable and the smell of action is remarkable. His descriptions of the sudden violent actions are breathtaking. This is battle as it is done’
Melvyn Bragg, Evening Standard
‘Fraser’s is quite the most vividly realistic account of the sharp end of the war in Burma that I have read… If you have enjoyed Fraser’s Flashman books you will enjoy the racy, pacy, utterly authentic account of far away long ago soldiering’
John Mellors, London Magazine
‘This is a book as good as anything Fraser has written… A moving and penetrating contribution to the literature of the Burma campaign’
Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph
‘A brilliantly entertaining read, with all the narrative power, gift for dialogue and surprising twists and turns that would be expected of Flashman’s creator’
Gary Mead, Financial Times
Life and death in Nine Section, a small group of hard-bitten and (to modern eyes) possibly eccentric Cumbrian borderers with whom the author, then nineteen, served in the last great land campaign of World War II, when the 17th Black Cat Division captured a vital strongpoint deep in Japanese territory, held it against counter-attack and spearheaded the final assault in which the Japanese armies were, to quote General Slim, 'torn apart'.
"This book is as good as anything Fraser has written … decorated with the beautifully observed dialogue of which he is a master … a moving and penetrating contribution to the literature of the Burma campaign."
MAX HASTINGS, 'Daily Telegraph'
"A brilliantly entertaining read. With all the narrative power, gift for dialogue and surprising twists and turns that would be expected of Flashman's creator … Fraser is unrivalled at the storyteller's essential crafts …"
GARY MEAD, 'Financial Times'
"The sense of front-line danger is palpable and the smell of action is remarkable … This is battle as it is done"
MELVYN BRAGG, 'Evening Standard'
Includes the epilogue ‘Fifty Years On’ written on the fiftieth anniversary of VJ day.
George MacDonald Fraser (author of the famous 'Flashman' series) was a young soldier in the second half of the Burma Campaign (1943-45), and has produced here an outstanding... Read morePublished 27 days ago by E. S. J. Larken
I have not read a finer more honest account of men at war. This book is a masterpiece.Published 2 months ago by Stuart Minor
Had an uncle who was there. He never spoke much about it. No wonder.Published 2 months ago by william scade
Once again, a masterly effort by GMF, only this time it's all true (well, pretty much, I expect there may be a slight element of polishing, but that's what makes a good... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rob Rimmer
Really first class read. You can hear the Cumbrian voices, feel the fear and enjoy the humour. Masterful writing.Published 4 months ago by Brian O'Bree