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This review is from: Defeat into Victory (Pan Grand Strategy Series) (Paperback)
This book consists of the military memoirs of Viscount Slim. Slim was only the second British soldier in the history of the British Army to advance from the rank of Private to the rank of Field Marshal (the first being "Wully" Robertson of WW1 fame). Though less well known than Monty, in my opinion he was the best British general of WW2 and could certainly compete for the title of Best Allied General. His memoirs begin with typical modesty, outlining what he feels to be the limits of historical autobiography and memoirs. He then proceeds to detail his exploits, beginning at the time he was assigned to Burma under General Alexander. The book is important both as a work of history and as a personal memoir and is written in a witty and engaging style. It also provides various general observations on command that would be of use to any serving officer - definitely one for any young subaltern to find space for in his pack! The author pays generous tribute to those he served with and at the risk of sounding somewhat sycophantic, comes over as a true gentleman. He offers objective analysis of the non-British troops he served with and against, including Americans, Chinese and Japanese and never stints on giving praise when it is due - either to allies or the Japanese. This is a splendid memoir written by somebody who was a superb general and clearly a splendid person in his own right. If you are a military officer or have a serious interest in history this book deserves (demands!)a place on your shelf.
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Initial post: 13 Nov 2012 23:57:34 GMT
Andrew Page says:
Apparently (according to wiki), he joined the army as second lieutenant having been in the Birmingham University officer training corps, not as a private.
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