- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (16 Oct. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007105932
- ISBN-13: 978-0007105939
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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Macdonald Fraser provides a compelling, subjective account of the day-to-day life and death struggles of Nine section 'Cumberland Borderers' charged with the task of entering Japanese occupied territory, driving back the enemy and cutting off his escape routes as part of 17th division's 'big push.Read more ›
of the Burma campaign. Yet as the memoir goes on the detail becomes much grimmer, much more vivid, and you really do gain an insight into the soldiers view of war. The fear, the confusion, the spoken and unspoken comradeship of the soldiers.
You also find out what he thinks about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and it makes for fascinating reading. What George Macdonald Fraser really does is bring home to you, that war is often 'little' violent terrifying skirmishes rather than huge massive well ordered battles.
He is a little too dismissive of today's more emotional society, rather than the stiff upper lip of the second world war. Although you can understand up to a point why he is so critical.
The great thing about this memoir is that there is no false sentimentality. It is honest, and some will no doubt find his views controversial.
However, he does have the benefit of having being in battle, and that gives his views a force that is hard to deny.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best writers ever, pity he has passed on, but his super stories will go on for ever.Published 9 days ago by Donfox
What can I say, the author is a legend. I'd read his shopping list humbly. Anyone part of that campaign is worthy of my respect.Published 10 days ago by Xland
Authentic, realistic, educational and interesting. This is about the closest you will come to what real soldiers encountered during the warPublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This is an interesting part of the second world war , with history a bit vague in Burma at this point of the war . Read morePublished 2 months ago by blythview
An outstanding account of exceptional clarity from a superb author ( Flashman, McAuslan et all). I have read it at least four times and still am in awe each time.Published 2 months ago by RSmith4026
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