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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive account of the campaign, 31 Jan 2001
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I had been looking for a decent book about the Burma campaign for a long while, and this is definetely it. A comprehensive and gripping account of practically every aspect of the campaign, including the Chindits, Force 136, Merrill's Marauders, etc. The accounts of the Imphal and Kohima battles are particularly compelling. If you want to know about the Burma campaign, you won't regret buying this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extensive and exhaustive, 21 Jun 2007
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Gisli Jokull Gislason "Jokull" (Iceland) - See all my reviews
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This book is a very detailed account of the War in Burma, not a campaign but the entire war that lasted from December 1941 to the end of the war. Everything worthy of note is contained in the book and with a number of personal accounts that make the conflict and suffering more alive to the reader. If you want to know everything about the war in Burma then this is the book.

Its presentation isn't perfect however, especially to an average reader and the book is long. Plenty of maps are provided but these are a bit complex compared to modern books.

I cannot say I enjoyed the book overly much, but it is very detailed and the personal accounts bring the book to life and break up what would otherwise be a dry scholarly book.

Recommended for any readers truely interested in the Burma War, but not for a casual war history reader.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of a too often forgotten campaign., 14 July 2005
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I was given this book by a man who served at the end of the Burma campaign, and despite its daunting page count, this has been one of the few history books that I have found compelling reading. There is so much detail and research here that I don't think a single reading can do the book justice. The book takes us from the fall of Rangoon in 1942 to its re-capture and the end of the war. All the bloody details and hard battles detailed from both sides are included. An excellent book, and a must for any Second World War historian who will come away richer for having read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, enjoyable, full account, 16 Dec 2012
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I have read a few books about the war in Burma and this is by far the most comprehensive, the conflict is covered from strategy to squaddie experience. I will not say you can't put it down as it is very very heavy but it is really well written and always held my interest. Louis Allen often demonstrates that participants in the same events commonly have very different and sometimes conflicting memories of what happened so that the truth is not always able to be established. I particularly appreciated the telling of Japanese actions and viewpoints as these have been missed from most English language books. Other writers can't use Japanese sources whereas Louis knows their language well. Also the effects of the Pacific War on Japan's ability and enthusiasm for the war in Burma are often documented. Maps are a bit clearer than other books on Burma. (Complaint about this and most other books....I do wish bibliographies would tell us which books are a good read, even one or two recommendations would guide in the right direction).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for the Burma Campaign, 4 Aug 2013
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Any person who wishes to understand the nature and context of the Allied campaign in Burma from its beginning in 1941 until the end of the war in August 1945 should obtain a copy of this book. It remains one of the key works on this subject. Louis ALLEN had undertaken excellent research when writing this book. This includes interviews with Japanese participants in the campaign. ALLEN was an intelligence officer and speaks Japanese, so was well placed to do so.

This leads to a balanced, well written account of the campaign. It is well supported by maps and pictures.

Seriously well recommended.
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