Burma: The Longest War 1941-45

Burma The Longest War Charting the whole Burma war this book sets out a myriad of facts and considerations in a clear and coherent narrative Ranging far beyond pure military history the story is multi layered combining o

  • Title: Burma: The Longest War 1941-45
  • Author: Louis Allen
  • ISBN: 9781842122600
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Paperback
  • Charting the whole Burma war, this book sets out a myriad of facts and considerations in a clear and coherent narrative Ranging far beyond pure military history the story is multi layered, combining objective analysis with a sensitive account of human reaction in the face of bitter, cruel warfare, disease and an inhospitable terrain Military events are painstakingly detaCharting the whole Burma war, this book sets out a myriad of facts and considerations in a clear and coherent narrative Ranging far beyond pure military history the story is multi layered, combining objective analysis with a sensitive account of human reaction in the face of bitter, cruel warfare, disease and an inhospitable terrain Military events are painstakingly detailed, and set in their political and cultural context Equal attention is paid to both sides of the conflict with informative insights made into Japanese plans and responses.

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    1. An interesting overview of the horrific battles fought in Burma in the Second World War in snow, tropical jungle and surprisingly, 'desert' regions well suited to a war of manoeuvre with armour. The early cowardice, bungling and incredible incompetence of the Allied forces, in particular the British officers who led the Indian Army, is exposed in shocking detail. The role of the quisling Indian forces in the INA and the Burmese who fought on the side of the Japanese was well covered but the role [...]

    2. This book is one of the most comprehensive histories of the Burmese conflict in the second world war. It takes both perspectives and uses them to fuel its overview of the campaign. If you want to delve into the history of the Burma campaign, this is as good a place to start as you're going to find.

    3. I found it a little heavy going at times, but there is no arguing the detail and thoroughness of this work. Louis Allen did a fantastic job at telling this history, giving the story from the top to the bottom, as well as from the Japanese perspective. I was struck by the multinational effort that the 'British' forces made up, and I also didn't realise the cast differences in terrain over which the campaign was fought. I had thought it had been all jungle, how wrong can you get!

    4. My grandfather fought the Japanese in Burma during WW2 so was very interesting reading the full history of that campaign. And it is a FULL history - very detailed. Recommended.

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