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on 12 October 2017
This book as with many others ending up on my 2nd W.W. book shelf are used partly for research, AFTER being read, As reading these book, Notes are taken,but keep the books for returning to, time and time again.
At the moment only 3/4 way through, but finding it very good for my research in hand with others about India and Burma.
But I must say as only 80 percent through as book is being used with research it is so full of information.
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on 3 December 2017
many thanks good read
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on 11 June 2012
GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.THE BOOK ITSELF WAS AN EX LIBRARY BOOK,FITTED WITH A BOOK COVER WHICH OBVIOUSLY HELPED TO KEEP IT IN GOOD CONDITION.
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on 17 May 2017
Quick service, very acceptable condition, as described. Very satisfied.
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on 30 July 2014
Quite interesting if like me, you had family who served in Burma
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on 28 August 2015
A good read
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on 3 July 2012
I served as an aircrew navigator with one of two Canadian transport squadrons beginnig when the Allied armies began to drive the enemy out of Burma aftrer the battle at Kohima. I wished to have some background detail for a presentation I plan for next Armistice day. I assumed that a publication produced under the auspices of the Imperial War Museum would be a perfect choice for my suhbmission to a Canadian audience. I was disappointed to learn that (General ??) Thompson had not been involved in the actual conflict in Burma but was using information contained in documents filed in the Imperial War Museum and would be, as one would expect, limited to British actions only. Unfortunately, this is not a broad enough coverage for my needs. I believe this should have been made clear for potential purchasers. Leslie Hempsall (formerly Flight Lieutenant, DFC).
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on 28 December 2014
Sorry - can't review - book was a present for a relative
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on 29 November 2010
Julian Thompson wrote the Imperial War Museum Book on War Behind Enemy Lines and also the Forgotten Voices of Burma. The good news is that this is an easy read and stands up well as an introductory recitation of the war in Burma from 1941 to 1945. The larger actions are included; such as the retreat, first and second Arakan, The Chindits, Imphal, Kohima, Crossing the Irradwady and the Race to Rangoon. There is no mention of Stilwell's actions in NCAC or the Chinese coming over from Yunnan.

The maps are all included at the end of the book and are not detailed enough to include some of the smaller actions so villages and hills or other sites are not identified in the maps that are available.

This book can be compared to The Burma Campaign by Frank McLynn, Battle for Burma by Roy Nesbitt or We Gave our Today by Will Fowler. No one will mistake this book for Latimer's Burma, the Forgotten War or Allen's, Burma, The Longest War. This is sort of a Burma War for Dummies. Good introduction, easy read. This is not intended as a derogatory comment. For what is intended, its fine.

What I want to emphasize is that it looks like the author, Thompson, had a lot of material left over from Forgotten Voices of Burma and needed a venue to display them. And that is why I recommend this book. If you're interested in first person naratives, from letters, diaries, regimental histories and oral histories, this is a great read. I'm glad to finally see some entries from soldiers who were ordered to attack fixed machine gun bunkers on a narrow front. Comments such as "incompetent commanders" and "ill conceived plans" haven't been published in the books mentioned previously. Only Fraser's Quartered Safe Out Here mentions the travails of the common soldier dealing with inferior commanders.

So if you enjoyed the Forgotten Voices series you'll enjoy this book. Thompson uses these histories frequently, and its these histories that tell the story more then any analysis by the author. Again, not intended as a criticism.

I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone interested in a summary introduction to the war in Burma; or if you enjoy the personal histories, letters, diaries and oral testimony of the men who were out there, then you will enjoy this book. If you're looking for a detailed, exhaustive account of the war then you're better off with Louis Allen or Jon Latimer.
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on 23 November 2004
If when sitting down to read this book you do so with little knowledge of the campaign, but recall that your now deceased Grandfather, veteran of Operation Market Garden, treated his pals with the Burma Star with a larger than usual degree of respect, and want to find out why, then this book is a very good place to start.
It provides a very good overview of the entire campaign, from the retreat in 1942 through to the final victory against the Japs in '45.
The author successfully mixes (and explains) broad military theory with the accounts of the men that fought. Most of the records come from the Imperial War Museum's collection of personal memoirs and as such, present a valuable and insightful perspective.
Thompson manages to assess the Chindit operations, and therein the strengths and weaknesses of Orde Wingate, succinctly, weaving them neatly in to the narrative and as such putting them in perspective.
If you are looking for an easy to read, broad overview of the war in Burma this book, like most IWM volumes, is a very good place to start.
Only one criticism comes to mind, and that is that the maps could be better, but this should not stop you purchasing this book.
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