Thomas, Lowell.


1st ed., 1952. 255 pp., frontis., + 17 photo-plates; f.e.p. map. D.j., 21 x 15cm. Some loss to d.j., o/w V.G. The author, a world famous author and war correspondent, provides a lively account of the first all-airborne invasion in history that took place in the jungles of Burma in World War II. He paints a panorama of the war in Burma through the words and deeds of three famous men: Colonel Phil Cochran, a bold young fighter pilot; Colonel John Alison, one of the American Air Force’s most ablest men; and the legendary General Wingate who improvised the brilliant tactics that opened the road back to Mandalay for the Allies. The author vividly recounts glider flights through the misty Burma night, a crash landing in the jungle behind enemy lines, Wingate’s own Chindits, the Scots of the Black Watch, Gurkhas and West Africans, hand-to-hand combat with the Japanese, depth charges on a Japanese stronghold and much more.

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