Air-dropped supplies were a vital part of the Allied campaign in Burma during World War II. The transportation of munitions, food and medical supplies was undertaken in the most difficult situations, both on the land where the air bases were often situated in remote tropical jungle terrain and in the air when hazardous flying conditions were met in the steamy airs above the carpet of forest treetops.
This book is based upon the memories of nine veterans of the campaign: John Hart, an air-dispatcher with 194 Squadron; Peter Bray, a Dakota pilot with 31 Squadron; Arthur Watts, a fitter with both 31 and 194 Squadrons; Colin Lynch an Observer on 31 Squadron; Norman Currell, a Dakota pilot with 31 Squadron; George Hufflett, 1st Queens Infantry; Ken Brown, Royal Signals; Eric Knowles, the Buffs and Dame Vera Lynn who was with ENSA during the campaign. It describes how they arrived in Burma and their previous wartime experiences and then explains there parts in the famous actions such as The Defence of Arakan, The Sieges of Imphal and Kohima, the Allied Counter-attack, the Advance to Mandalay and the Race to Rangoon.
The author explains the background to this theatre of war and then puts the veterans memories into context as the campaign progresses.
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Of course, I enjoyed "Drop Zone Burma" largely because I appear in many of the pages (Signaller Ken Brown) as a result of meetings with the author, Roger Annett, together with other members of our Burma Star Association Branch. We were ever grateful to the RAF for dropping supplies (especially Rations !)Royal Air Force Historical Society Vol. 44
Of course, I enjoyed "Drop Zone Burma" largely because I appear in many of the pages (Signaller Ken Brown) as a result of meetings with the author, Roger Annett, together with other members of our Burma Star Association Branch. We were ever grateful to the RAF for dropping supplies (especially Rations !)Kenneth Brown
A very interesting and well-written book, told through the words of those who were there, with a potted history of the war and its aftermath woven seamlessly in to the story..Amazon Reviewer
Burma has been described as the Forgotten War, but even less well known are the post war problems due to militant local nationalism, which is touched on in the narrative, and the loss of life which followed from this..
First off, this book is great. There are several things I loved about it. The book is an easy read feels both informative and entertaining. The personal stories of the people it follows throughout the book are revealing, and in terms of their experiences, quite varied. Furthermore, their personal stories thankfully begin before the war so you have a much clearer understanding of their backgrounds and end long after the war finished showing you where their life led them. I would say this is the real strength of this book.Amazon Reviewer
The book does cover more than the cover would suggest, filling the reader in on the Burma campaign as a whole, and provides a view from the ground as well as the sky. To be honest I was hoping for a little more information on the daily lives of the ground crew, engineers, pilots, and loaders and so on, but there IS detail here. Reading about the hump mission over the Himalayas, the contents of the drops, the terrible weather was all informative and interesting. The author clearly knows his stuff and supports the personal accounts well.
I bought this book because my great granddad flew with the supply planes in Burma, but i think this book is worth reading by anyone interested in the Burma campaign or WWII in general. Five Stars.