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Excellent Biography of Viscount Slim
on 13 April 2018
In this one volume account of Viscount Slim and his life, the first part of the book focuses on his humble origins and entry into the army as a second lieutenant during the first world war, where he eventually became captain, and was wounded badly once in Gallipoli, and once in Mesopotamia, and was awarded the Military Cross. At least 2 thirds of the book focuses on Slim in World War 2, where he was sent to Eritrea and wounded once again and Syria, before he was sent to Burma to take command of the forgotten 14th army, finally defeating the Japanese and driving them out of Burma. After Burma, he retired but was subsequently made Governor General of Australia until 1960, and was thus elevated to the peerage for this rather than his achievements in Burma. Overall, I really enjoyed the way the book was written and reads like a novel, especially the chapters on Slim and his tactics used to defeat the Japanese in Burma. Viscount Slim deserves to be remembered more than Viscount Montgomery, and he could not have had a better biographer.