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Forgotten War (Hardback)

The British Empire and Commonwealth’s Epic Struggle Against Imperial Japan, 1941–1945

WWII World History > The Americas > USA

Imprint: Casemate Publishers
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 35 photographs
ISBN: 9781636243573
Published: 15th October 2023

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The monumental struggle fought against Imperial Japan in the Asia/Pacific theater during World War II is primarily viewed as an American affair. While the United States did play a dominant role, the British and Commonwealth forces also made major contributions – on land, at sea and in the air – eventually involving over a million men and vast armadas of ships and aircraft. It was a difficult and often desperate conflict fought against a skilled and ruthless enemy that initially saw the British suffer the worst series of defeats ever to befall their armed forces. Still, the British persevered and slowly turned the tables on their Japanese antagonists. Fighting over an immense area that stretched from India in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east and Australia in the south to the waters off Japan in the north, British and Commonwealth forces eventually scored a string of stirring victories that avenged their earlier defeats and helped facilitate the demise of the Japanese Empire.

Often overlooked by history, this substantial war effort is fully explored in Forgotten War. Meticulously researched, the book provides a complete, balanced and detailed account of the role that British and Commonwealth forces played on land, sea and in the air during this crucial struggle. It also provides unique analysis regarding the effectiveness and relevance of this collective effort and the contributions it made to the overall Allied victory.

"Brian E Walter's Forgotten War is a fantastic addition to the Pacific Theatre bibliography".

Classic Military Vehicle Magazine - Issue 273, February 2024

In 250 pages of narrative such a wide-ranging series of campaigns over a vast area can only be skimmed over, but by concise, accurate writing, the author has delivered a worthy single volume narrative. This should be a must have book that is readable in itself that also offers a starting point to further reading.

RAF Historical Society Journal

This book isn’t the first to draw attention to this often-forgotten chapter of World War II history, but Mr. Walter’s narrative is comprehensive, engaging and insightful. He reminds us that British and Commonwealth veterans of the Pacific share a special bond because of “the sad reality that their sacrifices and exploits largely went unnoticed in their home countries.

The Wall Street Journal
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