Burma - The Turning Point (ePub)
The turning point of the war in Burma was the Imphal/Kohima campaign of 1944. For four months there was intense and savage fighting. The Japanese plan was to encircle and destroy the British and Indian positions before bursting into the plain and seizing Imphal. They failed in their first aim but the Japanese 15th Army prepared a final all-out thrust for Imphal. However, the British 4th Corps struck first and, after three weeks, the Japanese were virtually annihilated. This graphic account expertly analyses the campaign.
The author, a participant of the Burma Campaign himself, has crafted an extremely well researched and therefore likely highly accurate account of this often overlooked area of WWII. The book focuses on the Tiddim Road area of operations and the role it played in the pivotal defence and eventual breakout from the Imphal plain in India. The book does lack some of the descriptive brutality, hardships faced by the troops and the gruesome horrors of war that some of the more commercial minded historians include in their own works. It is more a chronology of the battles, the various military units involved, administrative challenges and the strategic thinking at the time. That said, the book does offer (to my knowledge) the only full description of the Tiddim Road campaign and establishes its importance among the other more well known battles in the defence of India including Kohima and the Arakan. The book also has a series of good maps where you can follow the action as you read through the chapters. Something that many other books on the campaign are noticeably lacking.Andrew Bromley