Burma: The Turning Point: the Seven Battles on the Tiddim Road which Turned the Tide of the Burma War - Ian Lyall GrantChichester: Zampi Press, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Just a hint of fading to the spine of the dust wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Coloured maps); Maps (1); Appendices (10);
From the cover: “The turning point of the war in Burma in the Second World War was the Imphal/Kohima campaign of 1944. In March of that year the Japanese 15th Army advanced into India with the aim of capturing the vital British depots and airfields around Imphal. For four months there was intense and savage fighting in many places but the heaviest fighting of all was along the road leading from Tiddim in Burma to Imphal. Here the Japanese were confronted by the sarne British/Indian division that they had defeated so decisively in 1942. They now planned first to encircle and destroy this division and then, ‘pouring like a torrent’ along this route, to burst into the Imphal plain and seize Imphal. They failed in their first aim but, nothing deterred, General Mutaguchi, who commanded the Japanese 15th Army, decided to take personal command in this vital sector himself. He brought up all his available reserves, all his tanks and most of his heavy artillery and prepared a final all-out thrust for Imphal. However, General Scoones, who commanded the British 4th Corps, struck first. Ferocious fighting fol-lowed over a wide area. After three weeks the Japanese were not only defeated but virtually annihilated and Mutaguchi admitted to his diary that the campaign was lost. It was the turning point. The door to Burma was now wide open and undefended and General Slim’s Fourteenth Army flooded through it to win the great victories of 1945. This book contains much original material from both British and Japanese sources and sheds an entirely new light on this historic confrontation. It gives for the first time a full and objective account of the seven battles based on the Tiddim road which lay at the core of the British success and explains why the balance of power had changed so dramatically.
Field Marshal Lord Bramall has written a thoughtful foreword. Fifteen maps and forty-eight illustrations supplement the narrative.”