The British Army 1939–45 (3)

The Far East

The British Army 1939–45 (3) cover

The British Army 1939–45 (3)

The Far East

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The lightning Japanese offensives in the Far East in 1941/42 inflicted a series of costly defeats on the ill-prepared and badly supported British Commonwealth forces in Malaya and Burma. The 'forgotten' 14th Army on the India-Burma border slowly built up its strength and its tactical expertise; and Wingate's 'Chindits' proved that units supplied from the air could operate deep behind enemy lines. In 1944 General Slim's troops decisively smashed Japan's last offensive at Imphal and Kohima; and over the next year they drove the enemy relentlessly back through Burma, reducing them to starving fugitives by the final victory in August 1945. This concise summary of Britain's Far East campaigns is illustrated with many rare photographs, and eight detailed colour plates.

Table of Contents

Organisation of the British Army in the Far East, 1941 · Summary of the Malayan and Burmese campaigns, 1942 · Development of British forces in India · The Chindits · 14th Army in the reconquest of Burma, 1944-45. Pre-war tropical uniforms · Modification of Khaki Drill, 1942-44 · Jungle Green uniforms · development of personal equipment ·The Lethbridge mission, and 1944 pattern clothing and web

Product details

Published 18 Sep 2002
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781841762388
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 48 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 375
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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