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War in the Wilderness: The Chindits in Burma 1943-1944 Kindle Edition
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For those wishing to know more about this fascinating campaign, this book would be a valuable starting point.
Hear this fascinating interview with the author and a Chindit veteran on the Today programme , BBC Radio 4 [...]
For the first time War in the Wilderness tells the human story of the Chindits in riveting, energy-sapping detail. Tony Redding's narrative is a model of clarity and conciseness and is enriched immeasurably by the vivid and often harrowing experiences of around fifty veteran Chindits who were interviewed by the author. The book is well illustrated with clear and helpful maps and both official and, previously unpublished, private photographs. This very balanced and readable account is richly laced with the names and experiences of those who took part in the operations and includes a useful appendix listing all who received honours and awards, which includes the four Chindit VC winners.
In his account of Number 5 Column in the 1943 Chindit operation "Beyond the Chindwin" (Collins 1945) Brigadier Bernard Ferguson remarks "to those who took part in it, the Wingate expedition was a watershed in their lives. Before it, one's appreciation of values was only half developed. Now we have new standards and new touchstones.Read more ›
The book has been written as a labour of love by Tony Redding with meticulous concern for accuracy and to create a real sense of 'being there'. It was initially conceived in recognition of the appalling Chindit campaign experienced by his own father and the many others like him. In order to achieve these goals, Tony interviewed considerable numbers of surviving Chindits and their relatives in diverse locations.
He was also keen to find, and make use of, original pictorial evidence which reflected the ongoing situation in Burma as seen by serving soldiers rather than using the familiar, and oft repeated, official war correspondent and press images. Following this inspiration he was able to track down a surprising number of original photographs taken by serving soldiers, often with cameras acquired from captured enemy troops.
This photographic record was uniquely captured and has never been seen in a previous publication. It is an invaluable resource providing an intimate glance into reality. Not surprisingly these images were often somewhat worse for wear and were nearly always very small. They were all analogue prints and needed to be digitalised for publication and archive purposes following on from the necessary restoration and enlarging processes. Over 150 of these have been used in the book.
As the photographer responsible for this I inevitably got to know the prints very well indeed over quite a long period. I also got to know some of the surviving soldiers or their relatives too as part of the process.Read more ›
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very good thanku. ill buy from this seller again!! thanku...xxPublished 2 months ago by L. J. Sharman
A very comprehensive account of men fighting in almost impossible circumstances. A must read for anyone interested in the Chindits and the war in Burma during WWII.Published 3 months ago by ROBERT NEIL SMITH
Excellent book recalling the experiences of individual British chindit soldiers fighting in the jungles of Burma in the forgotten war in World War 2. Read morePublished 17 months ago by clive stocks
I bought this book as my uncle had a piece in it. I have recommended this book to other family members, they have also ordered it.Published on 11 Aug. 2013 by sheila langley
A very big thank you to Tony Redding for not only writing this book but also for taking the time to phone my daughter, thank you also to all the Chindits for their accounts of what... Read morePublished on 14 Oct. 2012 by oldbrick
Tony Redding has produced a most detailed and compelling account of this campiagn which has been unfairly neglected in the annals of WW2. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2012 by Top 10 books
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