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5.0 out of 5 stars The Big Picture, 21 Mar 2007
This review is from: Burma: The Turning Point (Hardcover)
This is the most complete and balanced military account of the Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942, and unusually it is written from the perspective of both sides. It follows every twist and turn in detail, and includes excellent maps to enable the reader to follow events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb narrative history, 16 Oct 2014
This review is from: Burma: The Turning Point (Hardcover)
Most works that cover the Japanese 1944 offensive in Burma often focus on the epic struggle at Kohima, occasionally they mention the fighting at Imphal, but only rarely does the intensive fighting further south along the Tiddim road get a mention. In an attempt to redress this imbalance Ian Lyall Grant has produced a book that looks in detail at the successful fighting withdrawal of the British Imperial forces (primarily the 17th Division) to Imphal and shows how they decisively broke the southern thrust of the Japanese offensive. He makes it very clear that this could not have happened without the use of aerial supply, which completely undermined the premise on which the Japanese offensive plans were based. He also emphasises that strong leadership and appropriate training were important in preparing the Division (which had been badly mauled in 1942) for its return to battle in 1944.

A particular strength of this book is that it also draws upon Japanese sources and memoirs of the campaign. This provides a useful counterpoint to the more familiar British perspective and really makes clear the operational moves and countermoves of the opposing forces. The book is copiously illustrated with detailed maps and illustrations that really do support the narrative and especially clarify the impact of the difficult terrain. My Zampi press edition has full colour maps which is a very helpful bonus.

The authors style is very clear and precise but still readable, he fought in the campaign as an Engineer Officer with 17 Div. and consequently has been able to supplement accounts of particular events with his own experiences, observations and criticisms. Readers should also see his book, Burma 1942: The Japanese Invasion.
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