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Japan's Last Bid for Victory (Hardback)

The Invasion of India, 1944

WWII Japan & the Pacific Front

By Robert Lyman
Imprint: Praetorian Press
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781848845428
Published: 31st October 2011

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Robert Lyman's deep knowledge and understanding of the war in Burma, and the great battles at Kohima and Imphal in 1944, are well known. In this book he uses original documents, published works and personal accounts to weave together an enthralling account of some of the bitterest fighting of the Second World War. Not only does he use British sources for his research but he has also included material from the Naga tribes of north-east India, on whose land these battles were fought, and from Japanese accounts, including interviews with Japanese veterans of the fighting. Thus he has been able to produce what is arguably the most balanced history of the battles that were pivotal in ending the Japanese empire.

Fergal Keane, journalist and author of Road to Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 wrote to the author saying 'What a triumph! I finished it last night. You have done a wonderful job. I only wish I'd read it before writing my own book!' He goes on to say 'Robert Lyman is one of the great writers about men and war and in this book he has succeeded in conveying the courage, genius and folly of an epic struggle. I cannot think of a writer engaged in the subject of the Second World War who can match Lyman for his integrity or the soundness of his judgements.'

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War in History

This is an excellent account of a series of very hard fought battles that helped prepare the way for the British re-conquest of Burma, and that was one of the first major land defeats suffered by the Japanese.

History of War Website

An impressive and well-written account of the 1944 campaign. Focuses on the operational and tactical dimension, rather than its strategic counterpart. An interesting guide to current thinking on an important campaign.

Historical Association

Robert Lyman’s deep knowledge and understanding of the war in Burma, and the great battles at Kohima and Imphal in 1944, are well known. In this book he uses original documents, published works and personal accounts to weave together an enthralling account of some of the bitterest fighting of the Second World War. Not only does he use British sources for his research but he has also included material from the Naga tribes of north-east India, on whose land these battles were fought, and from Japanese accounts, including interviews with Japanese veterans of the fighting. Thus he has been able to produce what is arguably the most balanced history of the battles that were pivotal in ending the Japanese empire. Fergal Keane, journalist and author of Road to Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 wrote to the author saying ‘What a triumph! I finished it last night. You have done a wonderful job. I only wish I’d read it before writing my own book!’ He goes on to say ‘Robert Lyman is one of the great writers about men and war and in this book he has succeeded in conveying the courage, genius and folly of an epic struggle. I cannot think of a writer engaged in the subject of the Second World War who can match Lyman for his integrity or the soundness of his judgements.’

Books Monthly

About Robert Lyman

Robert Lyman was a British Army officer for twenty years, having been commissioned in the Light Infantry. Born in New Zealand, he was educated in Melbourne, Australia and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is a much respected military historian and an acknowledged authority on the campaign in Burma. His previous works include a brilliant study of Field Marshal Bill Slim, the architect of the Allied victories at Imphal and Kohima and of the subsequent campaign that destroyed the Japanese armies in Burma and the siege of Tobruk 1941. He is Chairman of the Kohima Educational Trust.

He lives near Reading, Berkshire.

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