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‘The sense of front-line danger is palpable and the smell of action is remarkable. His descriptions of the sudden violent actions are breathtaking. This is battle as it is done’
Melvyn Bragg, Evening Standard
‘Fraser’s is quite the most vividly realistic account of the sharp end of the war in Burma that I have read… If you have enjoyed Fraser’s Flashman books you will enjoy the racy, pacy, utterly authentic account of far away long ago soldiering’
John Mellors, London Magazine
‘This is a book as good as anything Fraser has written… A moving and penetrating contribution to the literature of the Burma campaign’
Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph
‘A brilliantly entertaining read, with all the narrative power, gift for dialogue and surprising twists and turns that would be expected of Flashman’s creator’
Gary Mead, Financial Times
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Life and death in Nine Section, a small group of hard-bitten and (to modern eyes) possibly eccentric Cumbrian borderers with whom the author, then nineteen, served in the last great land campaign of World War II, when the 17th Black Cat Division captured a vital strongpoint deep in Japanese territory, held it against counter-attack and spearheaded the final assault in which the Japanese armies were, to quote General Slim, 'torn apart'.
"This book is as good as anything Fraser has written … decorated with the beautifully observed dialogue of which he is a master … a moving and penetrating contribution to the literature of the Burma campaign."
MAX HASTINGS, 'Daily Telegraph'
"A brilliantly entertaining read. With all the narrative power, gift for dialogue and surprising twists and turns that would be expected of Flashman's creator … Fraser is unrivalled at the storyteller's essential crafts …"
GARY MEAD, 'Financial Times'
"The sense of front-line danger is palpable and the smell of action is remarkable … This is battle as it is done"
MELVYN BRAGG, 'Evening Standard'
Includes the epilogue ‘Fifty Years On’ written on the fiftieth anniversary of VJ day.See all Product Description
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of the Burma campaign. Yet as the memoir goes on the detail becomes much grimmer, much more vivid, and you really do gain an insight into the soldiers view of war. The fear, the confusion, the spoken and unspoken comradeship of the soldiers.
You also find out what he thinks about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and it makes for fascinating reading. What George Macdonald Fraser really does is bring home to you, that war is often 'little' violent terrifying skirmishes rather than huge massive well ordered battles.
He is a little too dismissive of today's more emotional society, rather than the stiff upper lip of the second world war. Although you can understand up to a point why he is so critical.
The great thing about this memoir is that there is no false sentimentality. It is honest, and some will no doubt find his views controversial.
However, he does have the benefit of having being in battle, and that gives his views a force that is hard to deny.
From the start GMF makes no apologies. His recall of events is not photographic. What he recalls are emotions and things that set off recall e.g. smells and sounds. He also makes no apologies for his view point which would nowadays be called 'politically incorrect'. That is to be expected and rightly so. He is a product of his time, place and upbringing.
Anybody who has served in the British armed forces, especially the Army, will recognise the humour and the silly sngs and jokes that help (My late father-in-law recounted till the day he died a whole barrack room crying with laughter at a soldier chanting, "It was a dark and stormy night, three men sat in a cave and one of the men turned to the others and said, 'It was a dark and stormy night etc'". The soldiers in 10 platoon live again and deserve to (e,g, Sgt. Hutton's comments on Shakespeare were a surprise but very perceptive). The book needs to be long remembered even if for one thing only - GMF's description of General 'Bill' SLIM. He was one of Britain's greatest commanders and GMF's opinions run true.
Read it, in fact it should be required reading for all historians not just military historians. You can't judge an age by modern standards and mores (which may be, whisper it quietly, wrong!).
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honest reporting from a unit of honest hard fighting soldiers.Published 1 month ago by Rupert Butler
Great writing as ever by GMF, he chose the tricky option of writing some speech in dialect, and got away with it, it made the memoirs even more real. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steve K
Read this and you see where the humour comes from in the Flashman novelsPublished 1 month ago by FJP
An excellent and rare memoir of a private soldier. My father was in Burma with Cameron ians and rated it as true to life. You should also read his Macauslan storiesPublished 1 month ago by sandy23
Very readable and interesting. It filled in for me how my father spent the war in Burma since I know he followed a similar war.Published 1 month ago by JENNIFER M LEWIS
An excellent chronicle from the soldiers point of view, detailing what it is like to live under those conditions in Burma.Published 2 months ago by NigelW
GMcDF is the author of the fantastic Flashman novels. At the end of WWII he served in the army as a private and lance corporal in Burma coming down the peninsula towards Rangoon. Read morePublished 3 months ago by E. A. Parr
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