Forgotten Voices of Burma: A New History of the Second World War's Forgotten Conflict in the Words of Those Who Were There Hardcover – 15 Oct 2009
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"Gripping reading and a valuable history of the most intimate nature ... Excellent" (Pennant)
A remarkable new oral history of the Second World War conflict in Burma, told from both sidesSee all Product Description
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Much of it's content will also be familiar to those who have read Julian Thompson's books `The Imperial War Museum Book Of The War In Burma 1942-1945' and `The Imperial War Museum Book Of War Behind Enemy Lines' (which covers the Chindits), which are far superior to this volume. This one claims to be "a new history of the Second World War's forgotten conflict", but many of the other personal accounts included here are also available in book form or online; Calvert, Randle, Norman, Dillon, and the 2 Norfolk stuff, for example. Other accounts, like Hogan's, are welcome, if rather confused, additions. Hogan is repeatedly referred to as a member of the armoured car section of 2 Burma Rifles; surely it should be Burma Auxiliary Force. A few West African & Indian accounts have been included for the obvious reasons, but it is sad to say that they are not that enlightening. What remains are recollections, some quite vague, without editorial comment. There is an infuriating lack of detail concerning dates and places. No attempt has been made to check or confirm people's names. This has lead to very many errors. This may be expected in an oral history project, but surely some comment should have been noted in the transcriptions. For example; the constant reference to Lieutenant Nolan (instead of Knowland) is quite shameful in view of his Victoria Cross award. Readers may also be confused by references to Typhoons at Meiktila, when presumably Thunderbolts were meant. Such errors are too numerous to list.
Many of the accounts are very good, but this format, which necessitates the chopping up of the personal accounts in a failed attempt to create a comprehensive historical narrative, works against the strengths of the material.Read more ›
Many who even know about the pacific campaign of WW2 only know of US marines conquering bitterly contested islands. This is true but often ignores other major and decisive campaigns in the Pacific theatre of WW2. Many dismiss this campaign in Burma as British Imperialism. However upon reading the horrendous and ultimately victorious cmapaign those men had to go through, one feels truly humbled and enlightened as to the sheer effort put in by this country and the commonwealth, and how this campaign equally contributed to the downfall of the Empire of Japan.
This campaign was every bit as brutal and energy sapping as all th other well documented campaigns of WW2, and i hope that this book will go some way to publicise this theatre of war which UK troops fought in, and do some much needed justice to them.
If anyone is interested in reading true soldier based history, wants to find out about less well known but equally as important campaigns in WW2, i suggest buying it. I only didnt read it all at once because of exam revision, it was that good.
There are no references to NCAC operations that I can see. I didn't see any quotes from members of the British 36th division.
Charpoy Chindit, my favorite reviewer is unnecessarily harsh in his assessment of this book. I enjoyed reading the first hand quotes from the soldiers who were there at the time. If memories have faded with the years since the actions, it only makes the sources more human. Who really cares if it was a Typhoon or a Thurderbolt at Meiktila? I'm interested in the first hand account of a tank crew member at Nungshigum; I don't really care if he can't remember if it was a Lee or a Stuart. This book should be read after the reader has acquainted his or herself with the war in the Burma theatre, other wise it won't make much sense. The fact that 161 Brigade fought in the Arakan, then flew to Kohima / Imphal to fight there isn't brought out in any detail in this book. Thompson's narative is okay.Read more ›
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A collection of short reminiscenses put together in chronological order , no story line or over direction waste of money if interested in what happened... Read morePublished 3 months ago by COLIN H.
Ihteresting and unusual method of reporting the individual experiences of involved combatants.Published 6 months ago by c.m.atkins
Purchased this book as my father was in the forgotten army in the Burma conflict. Have found it so interesting reading about how it must have been for him and all the others,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Theresa Taylor
The heroism, chaos, tragic errors and atrocity chimes clearly from the first hand accounts of privates through to generals without need of comment from the author. Read morePublished 16 months ago by footekd