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Often described as 'the forgotten war', the Burma Campaign was one of. .

Often described as 'the forgotten war', the Burma Campaign was one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War Tw. It is against this epic backdrop that Frank McLynn constructs the dramatic story of the four larger-than-life commanders directing the Allied effort: Louis Mountbatten, Orde Wingate, Joseph Stilwell and William Slim. Strikingly original in its approach, the book explores the Campaign through the prism of these four men and their often stormy relationship.

Francis James McLynn FRHistS FRGS (born 29 August 1941), known as Frank McLynn, is a British author . The Burma Campaign: Disaster Into Triumph 1942–45 (2010), Bodley Head, Issued by Yale University Press in 2011, ISBN 9780300187441.

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The 1942 Japanese conquest of Burma was overshadowed by the fall of the symbol of British Empire in the Far East, Singapore. Thousands died on both sides as British, Indian, American, and Chinese troops slowly pushed back the Japanese, but the world focused on the final assaults on Germany and the island hopping in the Pacific Ocean

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.

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 I.

A vivid, brutal and enthralling account of the Burma Campaign -- one of the most punishing and hard-fought military adventures of World War Two. Often described as "the forgotten war", the Burma Campaign was one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War Two. It has become notorious for the ingenious tactics used by Britain, America and their allies on the one hand and the Japanese and their allies on the other, as well as for the atrocious conditions that had to be endured by both sides.Seasonal monsoon rains -- which allowed effective campaigning for little more than half the year -- as well as famine, disease, snakes and crocodiles all bore heavily on the troops. Impenetrable jungle, poor transport infrastructure and the Allied preoccupation with the war in Europe made this the longest single campaign fought by the British in the Second World War. It is against this epic backdrop that Frank McLynn constructs the dramatic story of the four larger-than-life commanders directing the Allied effort: Louis Mountbatten, Orde Wingate, Joseph Stilwell and William Slim. Strikingly original in its approach, the book explores the Campaign through the prism of these four men and their often stormy relationship.From 1942 and the greatest defeat for British arms in the history of the Empire, through the crucial simultaneous battles of Imphal and Kohima -- 'the Stalingrad of the East' -- and on to ultimate victory in 1945, this is a vivid, brutal and enthralling account. By telling it through the interactions and antagonisms of its principal players, we see how the plans, designs and strategies of generals and politicians were translated into a hideous reality for the men on the ground.

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Awene
This book is a must read for those who might want to know more about one of the Unforgotten battles of the US Army involving the conflicts in India, China & Burma- The CBI Campaign. This is about the four Allied Commanders( Gen Wm Slim of the British Army, Cmdr Orde Wingate British Cmdr of the Chindiits, British Cmdr of the SE Asia command- Louis Mountbatten and US Gen Joseph " Vinegar Joe" Stilwell), whose personalities made it difficult for them to agree on a great many strategies of battle. Out of this Campaign many groups were amassed and fought together in some of the most dangerous and bloody conflicts ever fought; The Chindits, The British, USA 475th, 5307th Provisional Unit, Merrill's Marauders, Galahad Task Force, Mars Task Force, The Chinese Army and of course many many more. The story was a great account of a very long conflict that few people know much about and the main Commanders who were in charge of each of the various battle areas..
Beanisend
This is a detailed study of the Burma campaign in World War II that considers all aspects of the war in that theater. Initially, the author goes through the defeat of the Allied forces by the Japanese and then their retreat from Burma.

This leads to a detailed study of the main characters of the book - and, I do mean main characters of the book. Like in his study of Napoleon, the author focuses on the main personalities that led the Allied armies in Burma during World War II and their peccadillos, although some offenses are not small - Wingate being one character. The other characters are: Chang Kaishek (sp?), Stilwell and Mountbatten. The one real good leader from author's perspective is General Slim, whom he calls, a number of times, the greatest general of World War II.

Which leads to the only criticisms that I have of the book. Around 80% of the book is spent on analyzing these characters, and often the author gets repetitive and boring in his analysis. At times, I said to myself while reading the book, you already said that...

However, there are positives to the book. This is the only full review of this campaign that I've ever read (maybe there are others but I haven't seen them) and the book, even after spending so much time on the characters above, goes into a lot of detail about the military campaigns and events, highlighting especially the following three areas: (1) the Chindits campaigns (Wingate) and their lack of results, (2) the campaigns of Joe Stilwell in Northern Burma, using Chinese troops and "Merril's Marauders", that resulted in some pleasant surprises, and (3) the culmination with the brilliant campaign of Slim that resulted in the conquering of Burma from the Japanese.

If you like character studies, and eccentric stories about famous World War II generals and admirals, this book is definitely for you. However, if you are willing to put up with that, and are interested in a detailed study of a World War II campaign that is off the beaten path, and hasn't been written about much, then I recommend this book. It's worth the struggle of reading about the eccentric characters who commanded the armies in Burma during World War II.
LadyShlak
I just completed reading this little know part of the much larger history of WWII. Part of the intent of the book was to just tell about that part of WWII and how it played out in Burma, India and China. I give it four and a half stars for that. It could have been a five if the maps were better. I knew next to nothing about what went on and who the players were. Now I know far more about it.
Almost the best part of the book is the profile of the people involved from top to bottom. Some times I am left wondering how any thing ever got done with the infighting going on at the top. It boggles the mind how wrong we were about Chiang Kai-shek and the princelings. When I read the news today I can see that not much has improved in China. There is enough "Back-stabbing" to fill the book alone.
There is good detail and plenty of facts and figures to paint a good word picture of this little known part of history.
Anyone interested in history and world events will enjoy and learn from this well done book.
Ohatollia
I liked the narrative of this book. Unlike some similar books, it has very well constructed arguments with historical and personality background information. This helps to bring some clarity as to how military decisions are frequently made in the heat of battle and the means by which self-interest is perpetuated. This book reinforces the dark side of the human condition and the lack of self redeeming features in many individuals when power politics and exploitation is practiced to achieve this self interest. The war-time civilian and property destruction and post-war history of Burma till now can be better understood and particularly why it took so long for the military to begin to open the country up.
Clandratha
I am an avid student of the Burma Theater of WWll. I enjoyed this book very much. I would highly recomend this book to other WWll buffs & those interested in the Brave Aussies. The actions of McArther continue to cause me to wonder what Washington saw in "Dug Out Dug"! He sent many to grief for his own glory. NDJohn
Jox
This is a good strategic and operational coverage of the Burma Campaign. The coverage of the important military and civilian figures was thorough. A good read if you want to learn about this lesser known campaign.
watchman
This excellent account of a much-overlooked theater of WWII is everything readers have come to expect from Frank McLynn; meticulous documentation written in clear, lucid prose. Plus, it arrived on time for a great price.
The Burma Campaign: Disaster into Triumph 1942-45 download epub
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Author: Frank McLynn
ISBN: 0099551780
Category: History
Subcategory: Asia
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Books (July 4, 2011)
Pages: 544 pages