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This review is from: Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 - The Epic Story of the Last Great Stand of Empire (Hardcover)
This book details the Battle of Kohima fought on the boarders of India and Burma, a turning point in World War 2 in the fight against the Japanese invader.
It is well researched and extremely well written.
It is one of the few book that I have had lately that I was unable to put down and puts almost all other books on the subject into the shade. Full marks to the author and the style in which he has written it.
The book covers both the perspective of the Allies and the Japanese, this is what makes it so good. When you consider that the conflict that took place in Burma was seen as a sideshow to the greater goings on of the war, Kohima was as bloody as any battle fought in the history of warfare.
I have always had an interest in Kohima as a great family friend who is now in his late eighties was present on Garrison Hill and the tennis courts during the entire episode. Previous to this he fought in the Arakan the prelude to Kohima.
Fergal Keane has done these men proud in his account of the battle and without prejudice or judgement.