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The Battle for Burma Hardcover – 19 Nov 2009

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military; 1st Edition edition (19 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844159558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844159550
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 2.5 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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'Roy Conyers Nesbit makes a strong contribution to giving the Burma campaign the profile that it deserves...this is a first class book indeed and a must-read for any military history enthusiast. This is already a contender for my 'military history book of the year'. Not bad for a book released on 7 January!' --Daly History Blog, 28 January 2010

A vivid portrait of the gruelling campaign in Burma that, though often forgotten, proved the turning point at the battles of Kohima and Imphal of the war in the far east. It was a war in which the jungle terrain was almost as merciless as the Japanese enemy - and Roy Conyers Nesbit had written a brilliant account of it. --Chris Buckland

About the Author

Roy Conyers Nesbit has a long-established reputation as a leading historian of the Second World War. His service in the RAF during the war included a period as a navigator and bomb-aimer in Beauforts of Coastal Command, mainly attacking U-boat ports in Western France. At the end of the war he served in India and South-East Asia. He has made a particular study of the war in the air and at sea. His many books include The Royal Air Force: An Illustrated History From 1918, RAF in Camera, The Battle of Britain, The Battle For Europe, Arctic Airmen, Eyes of the RAF, The Battle of the Atlantic, Ultra Versus U-Boats and Reported Missing. Roy C. Nesbit lives in Wiltshire.

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A new book on the war in Burma is always welcome for even today, one of Britain's most accomplished victories in the Second World War is still overlooked. At the time the British and Allied press neglected operations in Burma to such a degree that the men of the Fourteenth Army came to call themselves the "Forgotten Army". In time this soubriquet became a badge of honour and a positive aid to morale. Soon after taking command in August 1943, Lord Louis Mountbatten embarked on a series of visits to the troops.

"He usually began by saying, 'I understand you believe you're the forgotten army. That's not true.' Then, when the men had resigned themselves to the usual pep talk, he continued, 'The truth is nobody's ever bloody well heard of you!'. All the men burst into laughter and he had their eager attention."

Mountbatten would then describe how there would be no more retreats, how air supremacy would allow troops to be supplied by air and how casualties would be cared for in well equipped hospitals. Above all he began to instil self belief in the men, that the Japanese were not supermen and who could in fact, be defeated easily. He planned to change how the war in Burma had been fought, most notably by insisting that the battle would continue into and through the monsoon season. The Japanese would be given no respite.

What followed was not only courage and good generalship, the latter most notably from Slim, but the innovative application of industrial muscle supported not only by the Americans but also by the Indian economy. At an early stage, air supply by a fleet of American built aircraft came under threat from a shortage of expensive silk until parachutes made from Indian jute were devised.
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This is an easy read for the unambitious student interested in the British / Indian war against Japan in Burma during World War II. It is not detailed, has large type, many maps and lots of pictures. This is not Kirby's War Against Japan or Edward's The Furthest Battle or Allen's Burma. Its a light read and in a couple of hours the reader will have a superficial knowledge of the Burma campaign in World War II. For the arm chair general, its fine. For the serious scholar trying to perform any kind of analysis its useless. Its a light read at the high school level. The one thing I found enjoyable about he book are the quotes from the soldiers who were there at the time, and some photos which I haven't seen in any other book on the subject. It won't add to the knowledge of the serious student of the war in Burma, but its a light read, easy to follow and doesn't demand too much of the reader.
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This account of the campaign in Burma is generally sound. It is very well illustrated, reflecting the author's service in photographic reconnaissance and feeling for the value of illustrations. This also ensures the narrative is rounded; the air forces are not just an afterthought or background.
It properly considers the strategic background, the British pre-war thinking and the importance of the preceding campaign in Malaya.
It repeats, however, some of the wartime assumptions made about the Japanese preparations in 1941, particularly that Japanese troops received jungle training.
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