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The Marine from Mandalay [Hardcover]

James Leasor
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Dec 1988
This is the true story of a Royal Marine wounded by shrapnel in Mandalay who undergoes a long solitary march to flee the Japanese and finds his way back through India to Britain. On his way he has many encounters and adventures and helps British and Indian refugees.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (Dec 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850524423
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850524420
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one hell of a read!!!!! 17 Nov 2006
Format:Paperback
This book turns into quite a page turner the absolute horror of not only having to walk 800 miles out of the jungle but being wounded by deep gashes on both ankles makes it beggar belief!!!

such a tale as this surely deserves a better title

beyond belief,and courage would do for starters
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Page Turner 30 Dec 2012
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This is an excellent portrayal of one soldier struggling to survive under horrendous conditions. The formalised writing style and use of some 'old fashioned" terminology helps to position the reader during the time of the action. A great read.
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What a fantastic story and it's true - This Man really set off on a veritable odyssey without even the bare necesities to get by with - badly wounded and not even a hat or pair of shoes. Because he so obviously had nothing he benefitted from the immumity given by his poverty of possessions He survived because he just wasn't worth the killing and the bandits who succesfully preyed on most his fellow travellers ...almost left him alone. He escaped from Rangoon and made his way all the way across Burma being hunted by the Burmese and the Japanese armed with a vital degree of boy-scout knowledge and a grim determination to get to India.....and live
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 13 Feb 2013
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A marvellous account of determination, endurance and training that led this young marine to make it back to the one hq he was told to make for from the jungle of Burma that was Plymouth. A very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 9 Jan 2014
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Picked up and read in 3 days the last book took. 3 Month cud not put it down what a man
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy Marine 26 May 2014
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Bit slow to start but gets more intense as you get into it felt vey sorry for him in the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 23 May 2014
By Fab
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A well written and fast moving story bringing home the horrors of the war in the far east and the hardships those involved had to face
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing guy!!!! 23 Feb 2014
By Apple
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I had the chance to meet this man in the later years of his life. He was a very quiet serene gentleman, and it was bittersweet to know what he had endured in his former years. An outstanding and true gentleman, it was humbling knowing what he had been through and witnessed. May he rest in eternal peace. God bless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed this book It was a book I found hard ...
really enjoyed this book It was a book I found hard to put down a great brave adventure well worth a read
Published 23 days ago by Peefer123
4.0 out of 5 stars The Marine from Mandalay
A very good story of a Brave man
Published 23 days ago by milo
5.0 out of 5 stars A true story
Mind I am William Doyles son in law so I am biased he was a very nice man H worked as a rigger in the steel and chemical industries after the war, He did suffer from bouts of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended reading.
Having heard about the story of Middlesbrough man,William Doyle on BBC Radio Tees,I decieded to take a look at the book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scruff Tidy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
A very worthy effort both in the writing and the tale itself. Has the ring of authenticity about it and is very readable.
Published 10 months ago by John Dray
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping tale.
Good story kept my interest high. Tells of a mans struggles to escape enemy capture during world war 2. Very interesting.
Published 13 months ago by Steve Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story of a fine Royal.
I chose this book because my father served in Burma throughout the war and I served many years in the Royal Marines
Published 13 months ago by thomas c. Willox
4.0 out of 5 stars Brave Men
I am enjoying the book, It is always interesting to read the exploits of the brave men who fought in the Far East in World WarTwo. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. E. Parkinson
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