China Dragons: A Rifle Company at War, Burma 1944-45 - John HillLondon: Blandford, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block a little age-toned, a decent copy otherwise.
Includes: Battle honours; Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Tables; Appendices (10);
From the cover: “China Dragons is the story of the 196 officers, NCOs and men of B Company, The Royal Berkshire Regiment, who waged war against the Japanese in Burma as the spearhead of the 14th Army’s victorious offensive between November 1944 and June 1945.
These men served in the 19th Indian (Dagger) Division. First over the Chindwin, first over the Irrawaddy, first into Mandalay, the 19th Indian Division, under their brilliant commander Major-General T. W. Rees, wreaked havoc with the Japanese plans to defend Central Burma. Over some 700 miles, through dense jungle and across dusty plains, the Japanese were harassed and pursued wherever they stood and fought until Rangoon was retaken in May 1945 and the war was ended in August. The author commanded B Company throughout the campaign, and was fortunate to survive to tell the story of an Infantry Company in day-to-day conflict with the Japanese for long periods.
Continuous combat without relief is the exception rather than the rule in most warfare. Even the great Second World War battles at El Alamein, Anzio, Arnhem, the Rhine crossing and Kohima were concluded within a few weeks. In the five months of action-packed campaigning covered by this story, B Company were in continuous battle at close quarters with the Japanese for no less than 86 days.
Of the 196 members of the company, 112 Officers, NCOs and men were killed or wounded, testifying to the dedication, determination and achievement needed to defeat a ruthless enemy who preferred death to surrender and who gave, and expected, no quarter.”