Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma: Allies at War, 1943-1944

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University of North Texas Press, Apr 15, 2017 - History - 288 pages
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Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma explores the relationship between American General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell and British Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) and the South East Asia Command (SEAC) between October 1943 and October 1944, within the wider context of Anglo-American relations during World War II. Using original material from both British and American archives, Jonathan Templin Ritter discusses the military, political, and diplomatic aspects of Anglo-American cooperation, the personalities involved, and where British and American policies both converged and diverged over Southeast Asia. Although much has been written about CBI, Stilwell and China, and Mountbatten, no published comparison study has focused on the relationship between the two men during the twelve-month period in which their careers overlapped. This book bridges the gap in the literature between Mountbatten’s earlier naval career and his later role as the last Viceroy of British India. It also presents original archival material that explains why Stilwell was so anti-British, including his 1935 memorandum titled “The British,” and his original margin notes to Mountbatten’s farewell letter to him in 1944. Finally, it presents other original archival material that refutes previous books that have accused Stilwell of needlessly sacrificing the lives of his men during the 1944 North Burma Campaign, merely out of hatred for the British.

 

 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Two Extraordinary Men
3
Stilwell
9
Mountbatten
27
AngloAmerican Relations in Southeast Asia
35
The Creation of SEAC
47
Enter the Supremo
65
Cairo Chiang and CBI
75
The Siege of Myitkyina
129
The Japanese Strike BackIchigo
141
Farewell to CBI
149
Mountbatten and the End of SEAC 19451946
169
Legacies
183
Epilogue
191
Appendices
193
A Note on the Sources
201

Lord Louis Takes Charge
87
Return to Burma
99
Trouble Brewing More than Tea
107
The Japanese Strike BackKohima and Imphal
121

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About the author (2017)

Jonathan Templin Ritter has worked as an archivist with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and is currently the archivist for Archbishop Riordan High School. He earned a master’s degree in history from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in library & information science from San Jose State University. He lives in San Francisco.

 

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