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BURMA '44➯ [Read] ➫ BURMA '44 By James Holland ➻ – Varanus.us 'A first rate popular history of a fascinating and neglected battleJames Holland is a master of spinning narrative military history from accounts of men and women who were there and BURMA ’44 is a v 'A first rate popular history of a fascinating and neglected battleJames Holland is a master of spinning narrative military history from accounts of men and women who were there and BURMA ’ is a veritable page turner' BBC History In February a rag tag collection of clerks drivers doctors muleteers and other base troops stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World WarWhat became know as The Defence of the Admin Box fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen day period turned the battle for Burma Not only was it the first decisive victory for British troops against the Japanesesignificantly it demonstrated how the Japanese could be defeated The lessons learned in this tiny and otherwise insignificant corner of the Far East set up the campaign in Burma that would follow as General Slim’s Fourteenth Army finally turned defeat into victory Burma ' is a tale of incredible drama As gripping as the story of Rorke's drift as momentous as the battle for the Ardennes the Admin Box was a triumph of human grit and heroism and remains one of the most significant yet undervalued conflicts of World War Two'A first rate popular history of a fascinating and neglected battleJames Holland is a master of spinning narrative military history from accounts of men and women who were there and BURMA ’ is a veritable page turner' BBC History In February a rag tag collection of clerks drivers doctors muleteers and other base troops stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World WarWhat became know as The Defence of the Admin Box fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen day period turned the battle for Burma Not only was it the first decisive victory for British troops against the Japanesesignificantly it demonstrated how the Japanese could be defeated The lessons learned in this tiny and otherwise insignificant corner of the Far East set up the campaign in Burma that would follow as General Slim’s Fourteenth Army finally turned defeat into victory Burma ' is a tale of incredible drama As gripping as the story of Rorke's drift as momentous as the battle for the Ardennes the Admin Box was a triumph of human grit and heroism and remains one of the most significant yet undervalued conflicts of World War Two'A first rate popular history of a fascinating and neglected battleJames Holland is a master of spinning narrative military history from accounts of men and women who were there and BURMA ’ is a veritable page turner' BBC History In February a rag tag collection of clerks drivers doctors muleteers and other base troops stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World WarWhat became know as The Defence of the Admin Box fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen day period turned the battle for Burma Not only was it the first decisive victory for British troops against the Japanesesignificantly it demonstrated how the Japanese could be defeated The lessons learned in this tiny and otherwise insignificant corner of the Far East set up the campaign in Burma that would follow as General Slim’s Fourteenth Army finally turned defeat into victory Burma ' is a tale of incredible drama As gripping as the story of Rorke's drift as momentous as the battle for the Ardennes the Admin Box was a triumph of human grit and heroism and remains one of the most significant yet undervalued conflicts of World War Two.

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  1. says:

    Account of a dramatic action in early 1944 in which the Japanese infiltrated and encircled British positions in the rain soaked jungle of Arakan The idea behind this attack was to distract British attention from the Japanese main offensive plannned a month or so later from Northern Burma into the Eastern extremities of India which culminated in the famous sieges of Imphal and Kohima Arakan is a coastal region on the border between India and Burma where fighting came to a halt throughout the entire monsoon and where mules were the only practicable heavy transport medium The high point of this battle was the desperately brave defence of the 'Admin Box' the surrounded divisional headuarters & supplies area with a remarkable role for M3 tanks that were after all proven uite effective in the jungleI liked the first part of the book which features a general introduction to the war in Burma of which I knew almost nothing The battle of the Admin Box was a turning point in the sense that for the first time the British Indian army still reeling from its massive defeats in Malaya and its retreat from Burma was not routed but rather stood and fought debunking the myth of Japanese unbeatability in the jungle once and for all This brave stance was even remarkable as the British found themselves surrendered by an enemy that was in the habit of butchering prisoners in rather nasty ways eg by using them for bayonet practice The succesful defense was made possible by supplying the surrounded 'box' from the air presaging events later in Kohima which in turn reuired suspending the air supplies to China over the Himalaya for a whileAlthough Holland tries his utmost to convey the frightening nature of being in a trench at night in the jungle waiting for a Japanese attack the account of the actual battle remains difficult to follow I think this is an inherent problem of all military history that drills down into the details of specific actions maybe a book just is not the right medium for grasping the reality on the ground Be that as it may I am certainly motivated to move on to Imphal Kohima Meiktila and of course the road past Mandalay


  2. says:

    I really enjoyed this book well written lucid and comprehensive with regard to the battle he describes at least from the point of view of the English soldiers involvedMr Holland's book does great justice to what must have been a miserable battle over an extended period he conjures up the fear and the stench of the theatre of operations very well indeed and as a result one really begins to understand the extraordinary courage that those involved must of had Certainly its one of the best books I have read on the challenges tribulations and struggles of jungle warfare and that includes a raft written on VietnamI also think that Mr Holland did an excellent job in highlighting the evolution of the 14th Army under Slim He approached this crucial subject with brevity and clarity with regard to the bigger picture and was then able to weave into the narrative how that effected the situation on the ground be that around logistics management of disease tactics morale etc This made the battle very immediate and helped my understanding as to why we must now consider it as one of the crucial encounters of the warIt is also refreshing to read about successful tactical innovation be that in the use of combined arms at the same if not a effective level than seen in the Western and Eastern Fronts the value of training of men as infantry first and foremost to take into account the fluid nature of battle in Burma and the application of resources at hand such as the invention of parajutes All good stuffTaken all together when reading a history such as this it is clear that the changes that Mountbatten Slim and others wrought from late 1943 onwards were spectacular was there any other command on any side in any other theatre who achieved so much with so little while preserving the lives of their men to such an exceptional degree in what can be only described as truly challenging circumstancesHowever I do have three slightly circumspect observations first yet again the maps provided disappointed; Second it would have been splendid to have heard from Indian Gurkha and Japanese participants although the lack of available first hand accounts is hardly Mr Holland's fault and third the book just felt incompleteIt is this last point which frustrated me most it would have been terrific if Mr Holland had book ended better by elaborating on the Grand Strategy of both sides then taken us through Arabian as he did so well and then finished with Imphal and Kohima as many of the participants Mr Holland introduced us in Arakan also fought in the later battle there would have been a satisfying sense of continuityIn short a great book and it really would have been a pleasure to read of Mr Holland's excellent prose on what is a fascinating critical yet generally poorly researched and recorded campaign


  3. says:

    What to read after Defeat into VictoryHaving read the story from the leader's point of view its time to step sideways and have a modern historian's take using archive materials Gen Slim couldn't or wouldn't tell youThe Japanese Imperial Army was brimming with confidence as it prepared for a renewed offensive against India in February 1944 Major General Tokutaro Sakurai arrived at his headuarters wearing a necklace of pearls which he called his “Buddhas” That evening in the mess he stripped naked and entertained his officers by dancing with lighted cigarettes stuffed in his mouth and nostrils which he then handed to his men enthralling reading


  4. says:

    A little hard to follow sometimes It is going to need to be read several times to place things in order and seuence and it occasionally jarred against other historical Burma reports I have read The Chindit Saga was one 'jar' which is not to say it or the other was wrong I now have a balanced view of the Burma CampaignA good read if a little horrifyingly true at timesNo mention of the battles against snakes and spiders et al I imagine there must have been someI lost an Uncle in the Burma Campaign his body was was never found; so this account appears to accurately show the problems they hadAs I say all in all a good read


  5. says:

    Brilliant My Father was a Sergeant in the 14th Army and in Burma and India during the time covered by this book Although I did ask him about it he never went into any detail This book really brings home the horror and bravery involved I only wish I could have read it before he died They were forgotten then and are forgotten now

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