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. 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.. Read more
This fascinating book tells the incredible, yet true story of three allied servicemen, who, having been taken Prisoner of War by the Japanese, when the British colony of Hong Kong “fell” in 1941, decided to risk life and limb, by making one of the most daring escapes in military history.
This unique book, with a forward by Sir John Mills (the author’s brother in law), will provide the reader with a most entertaining read. I personally enjoyed it and can only wonder, why has it not as yet, been made into a film!
Roll of Honour, Michael D. Booker
This book really does live up to its title. The vast majority of pictures are indeed of fighter pilots, supported by a number of pictures of aircraft on the ground and airfields (the section on the Imphal airfields is particularly revealing, showing how badly they were overlooked by hills that were often in Japanese hands). There are some nice themed sections, including one showing pilots ambushed while taking a bath. Despite the claim on the back there are very few pictures of aircraft in flight - I only found three. The pictures are supported by excellent captions that provide interesting information about the careers of their subjects, before and after the picture. The picture sections are supported by 49 pages of chapter introductions (just under one third of the book), which give details of the Burma campaign, how it affected the RAF, the squadrons involved and the main air battles of the period under consideration. The pictures themselves are of a generally high quality, and provide.. Read more
History of War Web
Once again the 'Despatches from the Front' series has delivered an important collection of despatches that has been introduced and sensitively edited. There is the usual crisp illustration for which the series is known. The despatches show what senior commanders were seeing and thinking and as a collection of primary sources, this book will be invaluable as a reference work for enthusiasts, researchers and those who just want to side step the middlemen historians. A very illuminating book on a much under-covered subject. Highly recommended.
... The despatches in this book show how much was a surprise and how much was anticipated. Inevitably the collapse of defence in Malaya, Singapore and in the Netherlands East Indies was an enormous shock. This is a story that needs to be told and understood and these despatches go a long way to setting out the realities of what happened.