Burma 1942: The Japanese Invasion: Both Sides Tell the Story of a Savage Jungle War - Ian Lyall Grant & Kazou TamayamaChichester: Zampi Press, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a nick to the head of the spine.
Includes: Order of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps (colour); Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Appendices (9);
From the cover: “This book, using extensive fresh information from both British and Japanese sources, gives a uniquely comprehensive and frank account of the little known First Burma Campaign. The reasons for the British failure to anticipate the Japanese invasion of Burma, and the novelty and daring of the Japanese attack, are clearly described. Only after the assault on Malaya had started was the importance of Burma realised. Frantic efforts were then made to reinforce the tiny peace time garrison. It was too late, and it is now clear that a golden opportunity to inflict, with Chinese help, a major reverse on the invaders, was lost.
The extraordinary campaign which followed saw the hastily-assembled and multi-racial British force, fighting for the first time ever with Chinese allies, often unable to distinguish friend from foe. Outclassed by their resourceful and experienced opponents, but splendidly supported by British tanks, they resisted stubbornly on the long retreat to the Indian frontier. The many unusual features of the campaign; the ferocious night attacks in the forest; the savage close-quarter fighting; the blazing heat; the lack of relief; the relentless enemy pressure; the mistakes and the heroism; all make an amazing story. It was the longest and most arduous retreat in British history, not made easier by the total air superiority possessed by the enemy over the final two is. However the British were more successful than is generally realised and the survivors marched into India as veterans. The tiny RAF force, supported by an American squadron, fought heroically and with remarkable success for two months being overwhelmed by the two air divisions opposing them.
The lessons learned the hard way by the in this retreat were to form the basis Burma’s reconquest two years later. Detailed coloured maps explain clearly, for the first time, what really happened in each many battles. As Field Marshal Lord Carver states in a thoughtful foreword, the book is an important addition to the history World War II.”