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Heroism and valour in Burma,
This review is from: Forgotten Voices of Burma: The Second World War's Forgotten Conflict (Paperback)
Having recently read "Fighting Through To Kohima" by Michael Lowry and being an avid reader and admirer of the "Forgotten Voices" series, I was very much looking forward to reading this book about the Burma campaign.
As ever with the "Forgotten Voices" series, you get it first hand. There are plenty of no holds barred witness testimony covering the retreat from the (initially) underestimated Japanese army. There are sections on the morale boosting Chindit expeditions and ultimately, on to the battles at Kohima and Imphal that tipped the balance and won a hard fought victory.
Conditions were obviously appaling at times and the hardships British, Commonwealth and indeed Japanese troops endured are obvious. As ever the bravery, the gallows humour, the fear, the friendship, the courage and the overwhelming need for a cup of tea, are all here.
Gurkhas, Brits, Africans,Indians,Americans,Chinese, Burmese, Japanese, fighting through jungle, monsoon, mud, filth and disease - incredible.
The testimonies are marvellous and thought provoking - another marvellous collection reflecting the courage of soldiers in some of the most atrocious conditions of the second world war.