Straight on for Tokyo: The War History of the 2nd Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment, 54th Foot, 1939-1948 - Lieut. Col. O. G. W. WhiteAldershot: Gale & Polden, 1948, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily repaired at the joins and much edgeworn. Leans. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Includes: Figures; Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps; Colour frontispiece; Roll of honour; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Glossary; Appendices (6);
From the cover: “Lt.-Col. White, writes General Sir Montague Stopford, in his foreword, has written of many things which should be of interest to a wide field of readers both in and outside the Army, as not only has he described the life of a battalion over a period of nearly eight and a half years, but he has explained how the technique of defeating the Japanese, the disease, and the climate, in Burma was built up… Here is a story of a Battalion Odyssey from England through the operations which culminated in the evacuation from Dunkirk, out to India, through the Burma campaign and on to Tokyo, and so home via Malaya.
In Burma out troops were fighting, for the first time, an enemy whose physical courage in battle has probably never been surpassed. In addition to the Japanese, the enemies of disease and climate had to be overcome by good discipline. Good discipline is born of high morale, and, continues General Stopford, no unit in my experience in Burma exemplified this better than the 2nd Bn. The Dorsetshire Regiment; their tails were always up no matter what they were called upon to undertake, or what hardships they had to endure.
Few books have yet been written of the campaigns in Burma, and fewer still of the task confronting our occupation forces in Japan. Straight on for Tokyo tells this story in a narrative which holds the reader.”