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  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446449318
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

The Burma Campaign

Disaster into Triumph 1942-45




A vivid, brutal and enthralling account of the Burma Campaign - one of the most punishing and hard-fought military adventures of World War Two

* Often described as 'the forgotten war', the Burma Campaign was one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War Two. It has become notorious for the ingenious tactics used by Britain, America and their allies on the one hand and the Japanese and their allies on the other, as well as for the atrocious conditions that had to be endured by both sides.

* Seasonal monsoon rains - which allowed effective campaigning for little more than half the year - as well as famine, disease, snakes and crocodiles all bore heavily on the troops. Impenetrable jungle, poor transport infrastructure and the Allied preoccupation with the war in Europe made this the longest single campaign fought by the British in the Second World War.

* It is against this epic backdrop that Frank McLynn constructs the dramatic story of the four larger-than-life commanders directing the Allied effort: Louis Mountbatten, Orde Wingate, Joseph Stilwell and William Slim. Strikingly original in its approach, the book explores the Campaign through the prism of these four men and their often stormy relationship.

* From 1942 and the greatest defeat for British arms in the history of the Empire, through the crucial simultaneous battles of Imphal and Kohima - 'the Stalingrad of the East' - and on to ultimate victory in 1945, this is a vivid, brutal and enthralling account. By telling it through the interactions and antagonisms of its principal players, we see how the plans, designs and strategies of generals and politicians were translated into a hideous reality for the men on the ground.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446449318
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

About the Author

Frank McLynn

Frank McLynn is a highly regarded historian, who specialises in biographies and military history. He has written over 20 books, including critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon and Richard the Lionheart. Other books include 1066, Stanley, 1759, and Marcus Aurelius. He is a graduate of Wadham College, Oxford, and London University, where he obtained his doctorate.

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Praise for The Burma Campaign

“The story that McLynn tells is indeed an epic ... McLynn's comprehensive and engrossing account”

Brian MacArthur, Literary Review

“McLynn gives an honest, gruelling account of the longest most punishing campaign fought by the British during the Second World War”

Iain Finlayson, The Times

“Easily one of the best books he has written in a long and distinguished career.' 'It's a marvellous subject, too.”

Trevor Royle, Sunday Herald

“This account of the longest British and Commonwealth campaign of the Second World War is fervently told”

Charlotte Vowden, Daily Express

“Comprehensive and engrossing”

Brian MacArthur, Literary Review


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