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The Forgotten Army: A Burma Soldier's Story in Letters, Photographs and Sketches [Hardcover]

James Fenton
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21 Jun 2012
The Forgotten Army consists of the letters, photos and sketches of a soldier fighting the Japanese in Burma that were sent home to the author's parents in Lancashire. Call-up documents, medical certificate, service pay book, discharge papers, letter index, family tree, news cuttings, leaflets, and 440 letters spanning military service in the army at home, India, Burma and Malaya. Copies of sketches, illustrations, photographs and paintings have been placed with original letters where reference is made. Sketches of the attack on Myitson, and copies of illustrations printed in the magazine Soldier, are the only drawings of wartime actions that have survived. Original portraits in watercolour, pictorial scenes and photographs, have been exhibited at various venues, a larger number have never been on show. In additions to the letters sent to his family, many more were written to his brother Harry serving with the Royal Corps of Signals. Strict censorship regulations on leaving England prohibited the disclosure of troop ships, military activities, locations and place names, or information that may be of value to an enemy. Hostile encounters with Japanese forces during the Burma campaign were not allowed to be repeated until the closing days of the war. The last of the author's experiences as a soldier serving in uniform is related to letters to his wife. This is a continuous account of military service during World War 2, from the very first day in the army, to the last.

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  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781550476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781550472
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Fenton was born in Lancashire and attended a secondary school winning a scholarship to study drawing, cotton printing weaving, pottery and industrial design. Having gained the Board of Education Drawing Certificate, Fenton was called for military service in World War 2. He served with the Royal Artillery in the UK, India, Burma and Malaya. Following discharge from the army, he embarked on a career as a creative artist and graphic designer with several London agencies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of life remembered 7 Mar 2014
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Bought as had met the author and enjoying reading in the words of someone who had been there during war
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5.0 out of 5 stars War stories 2 Jun 2013
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I simply like reading all war stories as it takes me back to my national service days, which I thoroughly enjoyed
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