I have read many books about the Burma campaign and this is the best by far. Well written, factually correct and telling the story through the eyes of soldiers covering all ranks. There is no political slant to this book and reputations are not protected as they are quite wrongly in so many books describing this period of the war in Burma. Make no mistake this was a tragedy for the British army, which was still commanded at that time by Generals who gained their reputations during the first world war which was totally different in every way. Senior officers had made no attempt to understand their enemy nor did they have any respect for the fighting ability of the Japanese. Badly led, badly equipped and badly trained our troops didn't have a chance against such a determined enemy. Thank God a real general finally emerged in the form of Bill Slim (a real soldier).