Kirby, Major-General S. Woodburn & Others.


5 Volumes. Vol. I : The Loss of Singapore. 1st ed., 1957. Xxii + 568 pp., frontis., + 25 other photo-plates + 28 maps & sketches incl. many cold., & fldg. Small penned amendment to appendices list + a little black ink to lower blank prelim page (Xii) ; small bump to lower rear corner & foot of spine. Vol. II : India’s Most Dangerous Hour. 2nd imp., 1967. Xvii + 541 pp., frontis., + 34 other photo-plates + 15 cold., & fldg., maps + another in end pocket + 20 sketches incl., cold., + fldg. Vol. III : The Decisive Battles. 1st ed., 1962. Xix + 559 pp., frontis., + 56 photo-plates + 15 cold., & fldg., maps (incl., 1 in rear pocket) + 20 sketches, many cold., & fldg. Vol. IV : The Re-conquest of Burma. 1st ed., 1965. Xxv + 568 pp., frontis., + 91 photo-plates + 13 cold., & fldg., maps, (Map 13 is a coloured facsimile in a new rear pocket), + 21 sketches, mainly cold., & fldg. Ex-lib., with 1 stamp & markings to verso of t-p., + small stamp (163A) to final Index page ; f.f.e.p., (blank) + half title lacking ; glue to front & rear hinges ; shadow of a small spine label + some tape to the d.j., (no loss) + tape to fore-edge of map 12 with just a tiny section of loss. Vol. V : The Surrender of Japan. 1st ed., 1969. Xxiii + 599 pp., frontis., + 34 photo-plates + 16 maps, mainly cold., & fldg., + 17 sketches, some cold., & fldg. Tipped-in is a compliment slip of C. J. Child (handwritten name with the remainder of the slip typed) Cabinet Office, Historical Section etc. held in place with a now-rusty paperclip that has left a small mark to some pages either side of it. All Vols. : D.j’s., 25 x 17cm. Except for Vol. IV which is as described (w.a.f.), the remaining volumes have some browning / light marking to spines of dust-jackets but are overall Nr.FINE. This definitive five-volume work is the official history of the War against Japan, written as an inter-service history from the view-point of the British commanders in the Far East. The authors had access to official sources in the Cabinet Office and elsewhere, and consulted many of the principal protagonists and their papers. They also exchanged information and ideas with authorities in the Commonwealth countries and in the United States. In the first volume the authors attempt to find the reasons for the defeat of the Allied forces in the Far East and in doing so they briefly cover the political and military aspects of the years from 1921-1941. They then recount the opening months of the war, covering the loss of the isolated outpost of Hong Kong and the Japanese conquest of the Netherlands East Indies, ending with the loss of Java. The greater part of the volume is devoted to a description of the retreat down the Malay peninsula and the withdrawal to Singapore Island, culminating in the surrender of some 130,000 British, Australian and Indian troops, and the loss of the great Naval Base, the keystone of British strategy in the Far East. In the second volume the authors recount the loss of Burma in 1942 and the epic retreat of the small British force which covered nearly a thousand miles in three and a half months before reaching the safety of India. The authors discuss the parts played by the Japanese and the Eastern Fleets and for the first time they provide the full story of Orde Wingate’s first campaign and his Chindits. The attempt to take the offensive from India in Arakan with partly-trained troops against the well-trained Japanese is told, and the causes of its failure analysed. Events in the Pacific are related and this volume also shows how the Commanders in India overcame immense administrative problems. The third volume recounts events between August 1943 and the fall of Myitkyina on the 3rd August 1944. It is mainly concerned with the story of the British and American forces in South-East Asia Command, but events in China and the Pacific are related in sufficient detail to enable the reader to follow the strategy of the war as a whole. The main points of interest are: The E

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