'Prisoners of Hope' is one of the few acknowledged masterpieces that have been written about World War Two. Michael Calvert, a devoted disciple of General Orde Wingate, accompanied Wingate on the first controversial expedition behind the Japanese lines in Burma.
Bernard Fergusson was one of Orde Wingate's Column Commanders in the heroic but battered Chindit expedition behind Japanese lines in Burma in 1943. By 1944 Wingate had persuaded Churchill and Roosevelt that a bigger force, on the same unorthodox lines, could make a strategic difference. Aged 32, Fergusson returned to Burma as part of this, as a Brigadier, leading the only Brigade in the new force which entered Burma on foot. It was one of four Brigades which established well-defended strongholds within Japanese-occupied Burma. Fergusson also reflects candidly, and often humorously, on different…By Bernard Fergusson
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