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This review is from: Slim, Master of War: Burma and the Birth of Modern Warfare (Paperback)
Commanding General Officer of the 14th 'Forgotten' Army - Forgotten General? The name of Bill Slim does not normally rank alongside other WWII Allied Generals when people think of the more well known figures in the 'Western' theater of operations - the Montgomery's, Bradley's, Wavell's, Patton's and of course Eisenhower himself. Even US General McArthur is probably better known for his exploits in the Pacific than Bill Slim in Burma.
Like most aspects of the Burma Campaign, Bill Slim was/is relatively unknown in the broader context of WWII, but to those who served under him his inspired leadership was truly remembered, especially as it was through that leadership the tide of war in Burma turned against the Japanese. Robert Lyman in my opinion has thoroughly researched his subject and produced an excellent and comprehensive book giving the reader, I believe, a pretty good insight into the Man, the General, the Leader.
Would things have been different in 1942 if Bill Slim had been in charge then? Maybe not, but what the book demonstrates is that when Bill Slim was given command he pulled together what forces he had, built them up into a formidable fighting army which carried the fight to the Japanese right through to the cessation of hostilities. This happened within a period of only two years against an enemy who were still very much on the offensive and far from defeated, as compared to the 4 years between Dunkirk and Normandy in Europe.
I have read other accounts about Bill Slim, but this is by far the best and a necessary read for those interested in this quite remarkable man; or in the Burma Campaign in general. Well done and thank you Robert Lyman.