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Superb!, 25 July 2004
I have read alot of military history, however this book stands out beyond most. Slim takes us through the early, tough years, and explains how 14th Army had to be built from the ground up in patient step by step moves. Slim explains how his greatest challenge, and ultimately his greatest triumph, was convincing 14th Army they could defeat the Japanese in the jungle. The force he forged defeated the Japanese at Imphal and succeeded in driving their still mighty forces all the way back to Rangoon in what Weintraub called "14th Army's Jungle Blitzkrieg".
The challenges of supply were immense. Slim spends some time heaping laurels on both his subordinates and superiors and is quick to point out his mistakes. As someone said, there is no limit to what a man can do as long as he doesn't care who gets the credit. In the long run, Slim was perhaps the finest British general officer of the war, and could compete for the title in any army. Given the 14th Army he led was last in line for everything given demands in other theaters, his personal leadership had a huge effect on turning the tables against Japan in Southeast Asia.