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Burma '44 : the battle that turned Britain's war in the East / James Holland.

"Celebrated historian of World War II James Holland chronicles the astonishing Allied victory at the Battle of the Admin Box in Burma (now Myanmar), a turning point of the war in the Far East. In February 1944, in one of the most astonishing battles of World War II, a ragtag collection of British clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews, managed to defeat a much larger and sophisticated contingent of some of the finest infantry in the Japanese army on their march towards India. What became known as the Battle of the Admin Box, fought amongst the paddy fields and jungle of Northern Arakan over a fifteen-day period, turned the battle for Burma. Not only was it the first decisive victory for British troops against the Japanese, more significantly, it demonstrated how the Japanese could be defeated. Lessons learned in this tiny and otherwise insignificant corner of the Far East, set up the campaign in Burma that would follow, as General William Slim's Fourteenth Army finally turned defeat into victory. In Burma '44, acclaimed World War II historian James Holland offers a dramatic tale of victory against incredible odds. As momentous as the Battle of the Bulge ten months later, the Admin Box was a triumph of human grit and heroism and remains one of the most significant yet undervalued conflicts of the entire war. In Holland's hands, it is finally given its proper place in the history of the war"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780802160584
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 413 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • Edition: First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-396) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The Arakan -- New Command -- The Four Challenges -- Flyboys -- The Supermen -- Jungle Patrol -- To the Front -- Famine and Revolt -- The Arakan -- The Woodpeckers' Victory -- Beckoning Glory -- .Air Battles Over the Arakan -- Tortoise -- The Battle of the Admin Box -- The First Day: Morning -- The First Day: Afternoon -- The Second Day: the Pass Is Cut -- The Attack on the MDS -- The Third Day: Ammunition Hill -- Blood Nullah -- Attack in the Night -- The Fifth Day -- Artillery Hill -- Attrition -- Exhaustion -- The End of the Siege.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Burma.
World War, 1939-1945 > Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 > Japan.

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