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The Burma CampaignThis book in essence a uadruple biography tells the story of the four larger than life Allied commanders whose lives collided in the Burma campaign one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War II Ranging from 1942 when the British suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the Empire through the crucial battles of Imphal and Kohima the Stalingrad of the East and on to. uite a remarkably readable book about Burma during the Second World War McLynn focuses on 4 major Allied leaders Slim Stilwell Mountbatten and Wingate Of the four Orde Wingate is portrayed the least sympathetically while Mountbatten comes not surprisingly close While it may be surprising to include Stilwell in the four it allows the reader to understand the importance of China and the American interests there to the Pacific in general Stilwell remains a fascinating character full of opinion and character not always helpful in dealing with Chiang Kai shek The book is long on the political feuding among the British and American military If you want a book on the intricate details of the campaign this isn't it You will get a good sense of what was important and why it was important in Burma and how it fit in to the rest of the war There are a number of editing errors in the book a three day journey took three days which distract from the narrative but overall it was worth the read

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The Burma Campaign Read ½ 5 ´ This book in essence a uadruple biography tells the story of the four larger than life Allied commanders whose lives collided in the Burma campaign one of the most punishing and protracted military adventures of World War II Ranging from 1942 when the British suffered the greatest defeat in the history of the Empire throughUltimate victory in 1945 this account is vivid brutal and enthrallingFrank McLynn opens a new window on the Burma Campaign focusing on the interactions and antagonisms of its principal players William Slim the brilliant general commanding the British 14th Army; Orde Wingate the ambitious and idiosyncratic commander of the Chindits a British force of irregulars; Louis Mountbatten one of Churchill's. Frank McLynn has written one of the best surveys of the South Asian Campaign during the second World War It is a fascinating study in leadership and the influence of individuals upon decisions and through their decisions upon the course of outcomes McLynn's style of writing is both compelling and engaging and makes the story he is telling about the most difficult campaign of WWII interesting and meaningful As a study in leadership Frank McLynn brings to life the strengths and weaknesses of names we have heard about but may not have understood who they really are as people Woven into his story are revealing insights into Winston Churchill Franklin Roosevelt Chiang Kai shek Madame Chiang George C Marshall Louis Mount Batten General Joseph Stiwell Ord Wingate General George Stratemeyer Douglas McArthur and perhaps the best military commander on the Allied side of the second World War William Slim How these leaders interact react and challenge each other is the fascinating story that lies within the book One cannot help but take away from this engrossing account of the Burma Campaign the realization that in this most difficult and demanding geography topography and climate the aggressive foreign policies of Franklin Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull complemented by the eually aggressive policies of General To Jo and Prince Konoye produced a kind of irrestible force versus immovable object scenario Leadership is important and it is vital that leaders be both ethical as well as honest This is a revealing study in the conseuences of misguided and unchecked leadership

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Favorites overpromoted to the position of Supreme Commander SE Asia; and Joseph Stilwell Vinegar Joe a hard line US general also a martinet and Anglophobe McLynn draws careful portraits of each of these men neglecting neither strengths nor flaws and shows with new clarity how the plans designs and strategies of generals and politicians were translated into a hideous reality for soldiers on the ground. On the positive side the book is very readable and covers a part of World War II that doesn't always receive the attention it deserves On the other hand the author spends most of his time detailing the bureaucratic intrigues within the Allied command which becomes tiresome after a point What was most missing was information on the Japanese side of the war and events occurring within Burma itself during the occupation Also the book suffers from a severe dearth of maps to contextualize the battles and campaigns described