Top positive review
The Kindle version suffers from poor access to the maps
on 26 May 2017
Detailed, comprehensive and harrowing. It is hard to imagine the endurance and horror involved, but this book tries to achieve that. The Kindle version suffers from poor access to the maps, and this makes the narrative hard to follow at times.
The American/British political background is given its due. Its interesting to look back on the countries involved since 1944-the Americans failed to keep China out of communists hands; the British gave up their imperial claims by 1947/8 and India in particular has flourished-what if the Japanese had not been kept out?
The hardest thing to understand is the suicidal Japanese tactics-it is one thing to die for your country-another to use frontal attack time after time when it clearly fails at massive cost of life.
The British army reputation was not high for most of the war, especially in the Far East. By 1944, however, our achievements there and in Normandy stand up against the best the enemy could bring. Slim and his men sacrificed so much but achieved miracles-they deserve a proper memorial and record of their achievements and this book helps provide that.