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The Battle for Burma Hardcover – 19 Nov 2009
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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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"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.Read more ›
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.