Holland, James, 1970-

Burma '44 : the battle that turned the war in the Far East / Burma '44 : the battle that turned Britain's war in the East Burma forty-four Burma 1944 James Holland. - xxiv, 319 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Machine generated contents note: pt. I The Arakan -- 1.New Command -- 2.The Four Challenges -- 3.Flyboys -- 4.The Supermen -- 5.Jungle Patrol -- 6.To the Front -- 7.Famine and Revolt -- 8.The Arakan -- 9.The Woodpeckers' Victory -- 10.Beckoning Glory -- 11.Air Battles Over the Arakan -- 12.Tortoise -- pt. II The Battle of the Admin Box -- 13.The First Day: Morning -- 14.The First Day: Afternoon -- 15.The Second Day: the Pass Is Cut -- 16.The Attack on the MDS -- 17.The Third Day: Ammunition Hill -- 18.Blood Nullah -- 19.Attack in the Night -- 20.The Fifth Day -- 21.Artillery Hill -- 22.Attrition -- 23.Exhaustion -- 24.The End of the Siege.

Back in February 1944, a rag-taggle collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army, and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War. The Defence of the Admin Box, fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Not only was it the first decisive victory for British troops against the Japanese, more significantly, it demonstrated how the Japanese could be defeated. The lessons learned in this tiny and otherwise insignificant corner of the Far East, set up the campaign in Burma that would follow, as General Slim's Fourteenth Army finally turned defeat into victory.--

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World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Burma.
World War, 1939-1945--Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945--Japan.

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