Burma Victory: Imphal, Kohima and the Chindit Issue, March 1944 to May 1945 - David RooneyLondon, Sydney: Arms & Armour Press, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block a little age-toned.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Chronological tables (1); Maps; Glossary;
From the cover: “Total war at one stage seemed to have barely penetrated the jungles of northern Burma. In December 1943 it was still possible to gaze on the landscape with awe and not fear for what lay concealed therein. Within weeks this changed, suddenly and completely, as the campaign against the Japanese reached a climax. The previously idyllic scenery around the plains of Imphal and Kohima became a battlefield where some of the most savage fighting of the war was to take place.
. The battles were bloody, each side having much to lose. For the curious, yet immensely potent, mixture of British, Indian, American and Chinese soldiers it was a final reckoning — an opportunity to avenge the crushing defeats of 1942 and to drive the Japanese out of Burma. Matters were no less vital to the enemy, who saw a victory at Imphal and Kohima as the precursor to a victorious drive into India and total domination of Asia. The importance of these two aims is fully acknowledged in this work, which seeks to re-examine the two vital battles that secured eventual victory in Burma, and the extraordinary roles of Orde Wingate, Vinegar Joe Stilwell and the Chindits in those dramatic events.
The Allied forces had learnt much since 1942 and, in particular, had destroyed the dual myths of Japanese invincibility and jungle hostility. A revival of morale, due in part to the drive, resourcefulness and improvisation of Fourteenth Army commander General Slim, with Mountbatten as Supreme Commander, accompanied the development of dramatic new tactics peculiar to jungle warfare. Chief among these was the success of the ‘box’. Japanese tactics hinged on outflanking opposition and then encircling it; Allied air superiority now allowed RAF Dakota transport aircraft to supply encircled defenders by air until relief forces broke through. With this basic Japanese tactic thus foiled, the Allies used overwhelming firepower to win the contest for Imphal and Kohima. Despite inadequate supplies of all kinds, inferior equipment and little medical support, the Japanese soldier nevertheless continued to fight as fiercely as at any point in the Burma campaign.
In this timely book on what has long been considered the forgotten war, David Rooney takes a fresh look at the months of merciless fighting that are collectively known as the battles for Imphal and Kohima. The source of much of this new research lies in the Burma Star Association and the memories of those who fought and survived. The book is particularly valuable for its study of the Chindits.
An honest account of the clinching battles for south-east Asia, the reality and frankness of Burma Victory will be relished by the veteran and greatly appreciated by the military historian.”