Slim, Field-Marshal Sir William


2nd ed., 1956. Xi + 576 pp., frontis., + 21 fldg., maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Some typical fading to the red colour only on spine of d.j., + minor wear to upper corners of d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. This, the first full account of the Burma war, tells the story of the men who won victory under Sir William Slim. He describes in detail the attempts to contain the Japanese in spite of the ghastly condition of the men he led when the fall of Rangoon had completely cut off that ill-equipped army from the outside world. His account of their last bloody battle in the "Basin" at Shwegyin, as they fought their way out of Burma, is a magnificent report of one of the most desperate actions of the war. Later, as Commander of the Fourteenth Army, the author goes on to describe the Battle of Imphal-Kohima, the advance across the Chindwin, the Battle of the Irrawaddy with the simultaneous attack on Meiktila and the subsequent race for Rangoon before the monsoon bogged down troops and transport. This book ranks as one of the great records of a major campaign. Illustrated with no less than twenty-one folding maps it is an important and authoritative account.

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