The Burma Road: The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II - Donovan WebsterNew York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “The Burma Road is the extraordinary story of the China-Burma-India theater of operations during World War II.
As the Imperial Japanese Army swept across China and South Asia at the war’s onset — closing China’s seaports — more than 200,000 Chinese laborers embarked on a seemingly impossible task: to cut a seven-hundred-mile overland route across the Himalayan Plateau, to be called the Burma Road, from the southwest Chinese city of Kunming to the railhead city of Lashio. Burma. They succeeded in less than two years. But with the fall of Burma in early 1942, the Burma Road was severed. It became the job of the newly arrived American General Joseph Stilwell to reopen it, while at the same time keeping China supplied by airlift from India and driving the Japanese out of Burma as the first step in the Allied offensive against Japan.
In The Burma Road, Donovan Webster vividly re-creates the missions and adventures of those who served in the China-India-Burma theater. He follows the breathtaking escapades of the American Hump pilots who flew hair-raising missions over the Himalayas to make food and supply drops in China; tells the true story that inspired the famous film The Bridge on the River Kwai; describes the grueling jungle operations of Merrill’s Marauders and the brigades of British Chindits; and recounts the raucous fighter-pilot bravado of the Flying Tigers. Interspersed with lively portraits of the unconventional American General Vinegar Joe Stilwell, the exceedingly eccentric British General Orde Wingate, and the mercurial Chinese Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, The Burma Road tells the sprawling, sometimes hilarious, often harrowing, and still largely unknown stories of one of the greatest chapters of World War II.”