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Forgotten armies : the fall of British Asia, 1941-1945

"More than a military history, this account of groundbreaking battles and guerrilla campaigns creates a panoramic view of British Asia as it was ravaged by warfare, nationalist insurgency, disease, and famine. It breathes life into the armies of soldiers, civilians, laborers, businessmen, comfort women, doctors, and nurses who confronted the daily brutalities of a combat zone which extended from metropolitan cities to remote jungles, from tropical plantations to the Himalayas. Drawing upon a vast range of Indian, Burmese, Chinese, and Malay, as well as British, American, and Japanese voices, the authors make vivid one of the central dramas of the twentieth century: the birth of modern south and southeast Asia and the death of British rule."--Jacket
Print Book, English, 2005
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2005
xxxiii, 555 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
9780674017481, 9780674022195, 067401748X, 067402219X
Escaping colonialism
Journeys through Empire
1941: Last of the Indian and Burmese days
1942: A very British disaster
1942: Debacle in Burma
1942: The abyss and the way back
1943: Valleys of the shadow of death
1943: Personal wars
1944: The pivot of the fighting
1944: The nemesis of greater East Asia
1945: Freedoms won and lost
August 1945: an end and a beginning