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Bill Slim (Command) Kindle Edition
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The Command series, published by Osprey, is one of their newest series focusing on military commanders and with only 64 pages, the text is direct and simple to access. Packed with black and white photos, together with beautiful illustrations by Peter Dennis and great maps, only makes the book much more accessible in understanding both Slim's military merits but also the man behind the legend. The only downside would be the fact that the boxes describing the actual events happening on the map is missing, something I find in all other Command books. All in all, however, it's one of the best Command books so far and one that truly deserves its place on every military history fan's shelf.
This book, a 64-page, 18cm x 25cm volume, with pictures, sets Slim, the man and the General , into context with his soldiers and with his adversaries. It is eminently readable, moderately entertaining, easily understood and it leaves the reader well-informed about the campaign and, to some extent, more aware of the lives of the fighting men themselves. This Book aims to be very fair indeed, so that blame is never attributed; Orde Wingate and the Japanese commanders all appear to be represented with fairness.
The book covers several points not always covered in 'fuller' written accounts of the war in Burma. It will become the standard resource for schoolchildren who are studying this (hitherto 'forgotten') period of British History; some of whom may begin to finally find-out what their Great-grandfather 'did in the war.'
This book is long overdue; too long overdue, for there are very few, were actively involved, who are still alive.
For anyone wanting a quick introduction to the life and works of Gen Slim then this would be an excellent start. However I would question who is this aimed at other than Osprey collectors? On Amazon today (Jan 2012) for 50p more you can buy the same author's `Slim, Master of War: Burma and the Birth of Modern Warfare' which at 348 pages, as opposed this title's 64, must represent hugely better value. Osprey's great strength lays in its maps and original art work, yet in the case of the Command titles it is hard to see how these add much to the biographical details in the main text. Mr Lyman uses a significant part of his text to cover Slim's `masterstroke' Meiktila campaign, however Osprey have already given this their treatment under the Campaign Title `Meiktila 1945 by Edward Young'; a book I note that the author has himself reviewed on Amazon and awarded five stars to, and which I fully endorse as this is one of their very best Campaign books.
There are hints within the text of the author's desire to make comparisons between Slim and Montgomery yet these morsels of debate are unsatisfactory and one is left wanting more analysis and less recounting of operational details. I suppose there is a danger in going off into hypothetical scenarios such as `what if' Slim had been given command of 8th Army in August 1942. This is not appropriate for this book but one is left wondering how Slim would have dealt with the challenges of fighting the German Army and the NW Europe campaign.Read more ›
This is an excellent introductory study of Slim's career, making much of his training and leadership skills, which apparently provided the model for post-war British Army training. The author has previously written books on Slim, so is extremely familiar with the details of his subject, who he (justifiably) considers Britain's best battlefield commander of the war. However, apart form the excellent illustrations, unless you are an Osprey collector, you might be better advised to get the same author's other books for a more in-depth study of Slim.
The Contents are -
P08: The Early Years
P12: World war II, 1939-43
P21: India and Burma, 1943-45
P53: Opposing Commanders
P57: Inside the Mind
P59: When the War was Done
P60: A Life in Words
P62: Further Reading
The Colour Plates -
P13: ½ page map - The extent of operations in which Slim was involved, 1940-45
P17: Colour Plate - Corps Commander's orders group, Yenangyuang, 18 April 1942.
In the middle ground, four senior officers study a map pinned to the side of a truck; in the foreground are a couple of Sikh guards, in the background more men at tables busy with maps and order-writing, with jungle and a tank in the distance.
P20: Map - The retreat from Burma
P25: Colour Plate - 15th Division fighting in the Mayu Range, Arakan, February 19 1944.
Two infantrymen and a tank advance on a Japanese position, with a Spitfire overhead in support.Read more ›
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I enjoyed reading this story once again as Bill Slim was a mans man, and a thoroughly competent general. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by Phillip Andrews
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