The Burma Campaign: Disaster Into Triumph, 1942-45

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Yale University Press, Oct 4, 2011 - History - 532 pages
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This book, in essence a quadruple biography, tells the story of the four larger-than-life Allied commanders whose lives collided in the Burma campaign, one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War II. Ranging from 1942, when the British suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the Empire, through the crucial battles of Imphal and Kohima ("the Stalingrad of the East"), and on to ultimate victory in 1945, this account is vivid, brutal, and enthralling.

Frank McLynn opens a new window on the Burma Campaign, focusing on the interactions and antagonisms of its principal players: William Slim, the brilliant general commanding the British 14th Army; Orde Wingate, the ambitious and idiosyncratic commander of the Chindits, a British force of irregulars; Louis Mountbatten, one of Churchill's favorites, overpromoted to the position of Supreme Commander, S.E. Asia; and Joseph Stilwell ("Vinegar Joe"), a hard-line U.S. general, also a martinet and Anglophobe. McLynn draws careful portraits of each of these men, neglecting neither strengths nor flaws, and shows with new clarity how the plans, designs, and strategies of generals and politicians were translated into a hideous reality for soldiers on the ground.

 

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User Review  - d.r.halliwell - LibraryThing

I bought this book online, and when I first opened it and saw that it would tell the history of the war in Burma though the stories of Mountbatten, Wingate, Stilwell and Slim I was worried that it ... Read full review

THE BURMA CAMPAIGN: Disaster into Triumph, 1942-45

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A highly opinionated history of the bloody, half-forgotten World War II jungle campaign.After Pearl Harbor, British leaders were shocked by Japan's easy capture of Hong Kong, Malaya and Singapore ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
16
Chapter Three
42
Chapter Four
69
Chapter Five
90
Chapter Six
110
Chapter Seven
136
Chapter Eight
159
Chapter Twelve
258
Chapter Thirteen
293
Chapter Fourteen
328
Chapter Fifteen
364
Chapter Sixteen
386
Chapter Seventeen
412
Epilogue
446
Notes
457

Chapter Nine
183
Chapter Ten
209
Chapter Eleven
232

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DIVFrank McLynn is a highly regarded historian who specializes in biographies and military history. He is the author of more than thirty books, including critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon and Richard the Lionheart. He lives in Surrey, UK./div

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