Harper Press, 1st ed., 2010. Xxi + 548 pp., several cold., + b&w photo & other plates + 10 maps. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. In the remote Indian village of Kohima, near the border with Burma, a tiny force of British and Indian troops faced the might of the Imperial Japanese Army in 1944. Outnumbered ten to one, the defenders fought the Japanese hand-to-hand in a battle that was amongst the most savage in modern warfare. Following the worst defeat in the history of the Japanese army, the soldiers called the journey back to Burma, the ‘Road of Bones’, as friends and comrades committed suicide or dropped dead from hunger along the jungle paths. The author, a war reporter for the BBC, brings to this study both rigorous scholarship and a raw understanding of the pitiless nature of war. Based on original research in Japan, Britain and India.