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The Fall of Burma 1941-1943 (Hardback)

Military WWII

By John Grehan, Martin Mace
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Despatches from the Front
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781783462100
Published: 1st July 2015



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Despatches in this volume include that on operations in Burma between 15 December 1941 and 20 May 1942 by General Wavell; Operations in Eastern Theatre, based on India, March 1942 to 31 December 1942 by Field-Marshall Wavell; Operations in the Indo-Burma Theatre 21 June to 15 November 1942 by Field-Marshall Auchinleck; and Operations in the India Command 1 January to 20 June 1943 by Field-Marshall Wavell.

This unique collection of original documents will prove to be an invaluable resource for historians, students and all those interested in what was one of the most significant periods in British military history.

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Burma was considered to something of a backwater and its defence was in the hands of just two British infantry battalions, a few local troops and a small air force. When the Japanese launched their offensive on 7th December 1941 by occupying Thailand, Burma was suddenly on the front line. General Wavell, C-in-C India, was given responsibility for the defence of Burma asked for urgent reinforcements, but it was already too late. The Japanese crossed the Burmese border on 19th/20th January 1942; heavily defeating the British and Commonwealth forces at the battles of Sittang Bridge and Pegu, leaving the road to Rangoon open. General Alexander was placed in command, but could not stem the tide and his forces retreated into India, preparing to defend that country. Plans to reconquer Burma were being made however, with reinforcements eventually arriving, preparing the scene for the successes of 1944 and 1945. The story here is told through the official despatches of Generals Wavell, Alexander, Hutton and Field Marshal Auchinleck. It is thought that this is the first time these original despatches have been brought together in a single volume.

Stuart Asquith, Author

About John Grehan

JOHN GREHAN has written, edited or contributed to more than 300 books and magazine articles covering a wide span of military history from the Iron Age to the recent conflict in Afghanistan. John has also appeared on local and national radio and television to advise on military history topics. He was employed as the Assistant Editor of Britain at War Magazine from its inception until 2014. John now devotes his time to writing and editing books.

About Martin Mace

Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. Having launched Britain at War Magazine, he has been its editor since the first issue in May 2007.

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