The Retreat from Burma: An Intelligence Officer's Personal Story. - Tony MainsLondon, New York, Toronto, Cape Town & Sydney: W. Foulsham & Co., 1973, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Ex-Public Library: Library stamp to the title page and first blank. Dust wrapper a little dulled. Leans a little.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Appendices (5);
From the cover: “This is the day to day account of the fortunes of a junior staff officer in command of a small unit in British Intelligence at the time of the Burma Retreat. During one of the most chaotic periods of the Second World War, he was often asked to discharge duties and accept responsibilities for which neither he nor his unit were organised, staffed or trained.
The book is not a detailed history of the actual campaign, which has been written of in more comprehensive sources elsewhere, but it does tell the story of the last ditchers of Rangoon who have never been given complete coverage before. The vast deficiency of the Intelligence Services in the Indian Army prior to 1939 is revealed, and the telling point made that the Security Services, as they were later known, did not exist at all.
The story stands as a testament to the enthusiasm, initiative and professional competence of a dedicated band of men who acquitted themselves admirably under conditions that were, to say the least, disorganised and disturbed. It is a vital personal view of one of the War’s least documented episodes.”