This book, first published in 1948, is an in-depth examination of the campaigns in Burma following the Japanese invasion in 1942 until after the surrender in 1945. The author, a military observer under Admiral Mountbatten, offers here impartial judgements and an objective narrative. He analyses the initial British failures, the straining of Anglo-American relations, the overcoming of military difficulties and the final victory of the combined British, Indian, American and Chinese forces. The book gives a clear and comprehensive look at the Burma war, puts it into perspective, and does not shy away from controversy over the management of the Allied campaign.
Table of Contents
1. The Last Tragedy 2. The Enemy 3. The Retreat from Burma 4. Ceylon’s Escape 5. Arakan Debacle 6. The Arrival of Wingate 7. The Formation of South-East Asia Command 8. The Japanese Invasion of Assam 9. The Siege of Imphal 10. The Battle of Kohima 11. The Relief of Imphal 12. With Stilwell in North Burma 13. Anglo-American Relations 14. The Relief of Stilwell 15. The Third Arakan Campaign 16. The Clearance of North Burma 17. From the Chindwin to the Irrawaddy 18. The Capture of Mandalay 19. The Recapture of Rangoon 20. Surrender and Conclusion 21. Burma in Focus