Lost Warriors

Seagrim and Pagani of Burma The Last Great Untold Story of WWII

Author: Philip Davies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909242852


Page: 280

View: 4900

The last great untold story of WWII tells of courage and conflict in the jungle of Burma during the Japanese occupation. An intensely human story of honour, courage, love and self-sacrifice in the face of appalling brutality. Its legacy resonates to this day as the diverse peoples of Burma search for lasting solutions to their conflicts.

Grandfather Longlegs

The Life and Gallant Death of Major H. P. Seagrim

Author: Ian Morrison

Publisher: London, Faber


Category: Karen (Southeast Asian people)

Page: 239

View: 3845


A Cruel Captivity

Prisoners of the Japanese – Their Ordeal and The Legacy

Author: Ellie Taylor

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1526732645

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 9747

Carefully and sensitively researched, A Cruel Captivity describes the ordeals of, and lasting impact on, survivors of Japanese captivity. Differing in a number of respects from other moving POW accounts, this book covers the experiences of 22 servicemen from the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and volunteer forces who were held captive in numerous locations through South East Asia including Thailand, Burma, Hong Kong, the Spice Islands and Japan itself. Some had to endure the inhumane conditions during hazardous journeys on the ‘hellships’ and all suffered appalling cruelty, starvation, disease and prolonged degradation on an epic scale. Yet these were the fortunate ones – many thousands perished and their graves were unmarked. The book also examines the differing mental and physical effects that the prisoners’ captors’ cruel treatment had on them. The author’s handling of the ‘legacy’ of their experiences during the post-war years makes this moving book particularly important. For a full understanding of this dreadful aspect of the Second World War, A Cruel Captivity is a must-read.

Fire by Order

Recollections of Service with 656 Air Observation Post Squadron in Burma

Author: Ted Maslen-Jones

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1781592608

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 4826

Perhaps the most surprising thing about this book is the fact that it has waited fifty years to appear for, as Sir Martin Farndale points out in his foreword, the debt owed by 14th Army to 656 Air OP Squadron in the reconquest of Burma was immeasurable. From 1943 until the end of the war, these three flights of five tiny Auster aircraft provided air observation for the whole of the Army fighting the Japanese in the jungle below. A likely explanation, if Ted Maslen- Jones is typical of his colleagues, is that they were essentially modest men who, in their own eyes, were only doing their job and were in fact rather privileged to be sailing above the canopy while the ground troops were slogging it out somewhere below them. Several times the author refers to the sheer exhilaration of flying over that beautiful but still unhappy country. Now, at last, thanks to the recollections, as well as the diligent research of Ted Maslen-Jones, the true contribution of these 'daring men in their flying machines' can be properly appreciated. As one of the pilots, his own memories are naturally of his flying time, but he never loses sight of the fact that it was the efforts of the fitters, signallers and drivers who kept these flimsy aircraft in the air and rightly points out that the record of serviceability of 656 Squadron was truly remarkable.

Tell Them of Us

The Forgotten Army - Burma

Author: John Leyin

Publisher: Lejins Publishing

ISBN: 9780952878933

Category: Burma

Page: 263

View: 5859


Another Man's War

The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army

Author: Barnaby Phillips

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 9781780745220

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 7660

In December 1941 the Japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land campaign of the Second World War had begun. 100,000 African soldiers were taken from Britain’s colonies to fight the Japanese in the Burmese jungles. They performed heroically in one of the most brutal theatres of war, yet their contribution has been largely ignored. Isaac Fadoyebo was one of those ‘Burma Boys’. At the age of sixteen he ran away from his Nigerian village to join the British Army. Sent to Burma, he was attacked and left for dead in the jungle by the Japanese. Sheltered by courageous local rice farmers, Isaac spent nine months in hiding before his eventual rescue. He returned to Nigeria a hero, but his story was soon forgotten. Barnaby Phillips travelled to Nigeria and Burma in search of Isaac, the family who saved his life, and the legacy of an Empire. Another Man’s War is Isaac’s story.

Major Tom's War

Author: Vee Walker

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781911271147

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 1332

Major Tom's War is a powerful account of the impact of WWI on a doomed generation and on one Indian Army cavalry officer in particular. Why is Bengal-born solicitor Tom Westmacott desperate to flee Calcutta in 1914? And why does Evie Winnington-Ingram, who has good cause to hate him, agree to his proposal of marriage? Their dark, shared past initially drives them apart. War forces them to face up to a harrowing present before they emerge, together, into an unexpected future. The author spins a unique tale of authentic experiences from her family's archive full of memorable characters: her grandfather Tom, the proud and damaged cavalry officer; his nurse and reluctant bride, Evie; Tom's vicious nemesis, Lochdubh; Amar Singh, the steadfast leader of the Sikhs; Tom's protector, Harnam Singh; the reckless yet terrified young lieutenant, Reggie Durand; Gaston Derome, the hero mayor of Bavay, a French town clinging to survival under the heel of the invader; and four unforgettable horses.

Castle of the Eagles

Escape from Mussolini's Colditz

Author: Mark Felton

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250095867

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 5884

Vincigliata Castle, a menacing medieval fortress set in the beautiful Tuscan hills, has become a very special prisoner of war camp on Benito Mussolini’s personal order. Within are some of the most senior officers of the Allied army, guarded by almost two hundred Italian soldiers and a vicious fascist commando who answers directly to “Il Duce” Mussolini himself. Their unbelievable escape, told by Mark Felton in Castle of the Eagles, is a little-known marvel of World War II. By March 1943, the plan is ready: this extraordinary assemblage of middle-aged POWs has crafted civilian clothes, forged identity papers, gathered rations, and even constructed dummies to place in their beds, all in preparation for the moment they step into the tunnel they have been digging for six months. How they got to this point and what happens after is a story that reads like fiction, supported by an eccentric cast of characters, but is nonetheless true to its core.

Shadow over the Atlantic

The Luftwaffe and the U-boats: 1943–45

Author: Robert Forsyth

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472820479

Category: History

Page: 356

View: 5352

German U-boats were the scourge of Allied merchant and military shipping in the Atlantic during World War II, threatening to isolate and then starve the UK out of the War. As Germany's war against the Allied convoys intensified in late 1943, German Admiral Karl Dönitz called upon the Luftwaffe to provide a long-range spotting and shadowing unit to act as 'eyes' for his U-boats. Equipped with big, four-engined Junkers Ju 290s fitted out with advanced search radar and other maritime 'ELINT' (electronic intelligence) devices, Fernaufklärungsgruppe (FAGr) 5 'Atlantik' undertook a distant, isolated campaign far out into the Atlantic and thousands of miles away from its home base in western France. The information generated and reported back to Dönitz's headquarters was vital to the efforts of the U-boats, and FAGr 5's 'shadowing' missions were assigned priority in terms of skilled crews, supplies and equipment. This book tells for the first time the fascinating story of the formation and operations of FAGr 5 'Atlantik', drawing on never-before-published historical records of the unit that accounted for the reporting and destruction of thousands of tons of Allied shipping.

1000 Days on the River Kwai

The Secret Diary of a British Camp Commandant

Author: H C Owtram

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1473897823

Category: History

Page: 168

View: 4957

Memoirs by former prisoners of war of the Japanese invariably make for moving reading but Colonel Owtrams account of his years of captivity has a special significance. After being captured in Singapore and transported to the infamous Burma railway he was appointed the British Camp Commandant at Chungkai, one of the largest POW camps. Many ex-prisoners testified to the mental and physical courage that he showed protecting POWs from the worst excesses of their captors. Of course his account does not admit to this but what is clear is that in addition to the deprivation and hardship suffered by all POWs, the author bore heavy responsibility for those under his charge and the daily trauma of dealing with the unpredictable Japanese. It is not only the prisoners who suffered but their families at home. The postscript written by the authors daughters vividly demonstrates the agonies of doubt and worry that loved ones went through and the effect of the experience on all.

Agent 110

An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII

Author: Scott Miller

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451693389

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 6336

“Lively and engrossing.” —The Wall Street Journal “Absorbing and bracing.” —The Seattle Times This is the secret and suspenseful account of how OSS spymaster Allen Dulles led a network of Germans conspiring to assassinate Hitler and negotiate surrender to bring about the end of World War II before the Soviet’s advance. Agent 110 is Allen Dulles, a newly minted spy from an eminent family. From his townhouse in Bern, and in clandestine meetings in restaurants, back roads, and lovers’ bedrooms, Dulles met with and facilitated the plots of Germans who were trying to destroy the country’s leadership. Their underground network exposed Dulles to the political maneuverings of the Soviets, who were already competing for domination of Germany, and all of Europe, in the post-war period. Scott Miller’s fascinating Agent 110 explains how leaders of the German Underground wanted assurances from Germany’s enemies that they would treat the country humanely after the war. If President Roosevelt backed the resistance, they would overthrow Hitler and shorten the war. But Miller shows how Dulles’s negotiations fell short. Eventually he was placed in charge of the CIA in the 1950s, where he helped set the stage for US foreign policy. With his belief that the ends justified the means, Dulles had no qualms about consorting with Nazi leadership or working with resistance groups within other countries to topple governments. Now Miller brings to life this exhilarating, and pivotal, period of world history—of desperate renegades in a dark and dangerous world where spies, idealists, and traitors match wits and blows to ensure their vision of a perfect future.

Wartime Courage

Stories of Extraordinary Courage by Ordinary People in World War Two

Author: Gordon Brown

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 238

View: 365

Following The Success Of Courage, The Prime Minister Tells Ten Stories Of The Extraordinary Courage Shown By Ordinary Men And Women In World War Ii. In These Ten Stories Of Second World War Battlefield Action, Gordon Brown Pays Tribute To The Courage Of A Whole Generation. Some Are Stories Of Decisive Action Taken In Searing Heat Of Combat. On D-Day Company Sergeant Major Hollis Of The Green Howards Vc Stormed A Pill-Box Alone, Overcoming Its Defenders And Thus Paving The Way For A Crucial Advance To Higher Ground, While Sergeant Hannah Vc, Single-Handedly Fought A Fire In A Bomber Returning From A Raid On Invasion Barges At Antwerp In 1940, As Machinegun Ammunition Exploded All Around Him, Thus Saving The Aircraft And Its Remaining Crew. Others Are Stories Of Great Danger Faced Again And Again. Over Many Months Graham Hayes And Geoffrey Appleyard Of The Small Scale Raiding Force, Carried Out Daring And Innovative Actions On Enemy Shipping In Africa And Then The Normandy Coast, While John Bridge, A Physics Teacher Turned Mine And Bomb Disposal Officer, Repeatedly Practised His Carefully Acquired Skills And Knowledge In The Most Terrifying Circumstances From 1940 To 1945, Defusing Bomb After Bomb, Mine After Mine, Always Aware That There Were No Second Chances If Things Went Wrong. Perhaps The Most Daunting And Mysterious Form Of Courage He Encountered In Working On This Book Was The Kind That Sustained Individuals Working On Their Own On Clandestine Operations Far Behind Enemy Lines. Major Hugh Seagrim Gc, In Occupied Burma And Violette Szabo In Occupied France Are Only Two Of Such Stories Of Sang-Froid And Sheer Guts.

Southeast Asia on a Shoestring

Author: China Williams

Publisher: Lonely Planet

ISBN: 1742203779

Category: Travel

Page: 1004

View: 4954

For 35 years Lonely Planet's Southeast Asia on a Shoestring has been the backpacker's bible. Discover Cambodia's ancient temples, Thailand's island paradises and the best pho in Vietnam. We help you stay longer and spend less. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In This Guide: Detailed itineraries to help you plan your perfect trip Eat Cheap and Sleep Easy with budget beds, cheap eats and places to party Get the low-down on history, environment, culture and current events

India and the British Empire

Author: Douglas M. Peers,Nandini Gooptu

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199259887

Category: History

Page: 366

View: 3286

Essays by leading historians from around the world combine to create a timely and authoritative assessment of a number of the major themes in the history of modern South Asia.

Flying to Victory

Raymond Collishaw and the Western Desert Campaign, 1940–1941

Author: Mike Bechthold

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806157860

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

View: 9581

Canadian-born flying ace Raymond Collishaw (1893–1976) served in Britain’s air forces for twenty-eight years. As a pilot in World War I he was credited with sixty-one confirmed kills on the Western Front. When World War II began in 1939, Air Commodore Collishaw commanded a Royal Air Force group in Egypt. It was in Egypt and Libya in 1940–41, during the Britain’s Western Desert campaign, that he demonstrated the tenets of an effective air-ground cooperation system. Flying to Victory examines Raymond Collishaw’s contribution to the British system of tactical air support—a pattern of operations that eventually became standard in the Allied air forces and proved to be a key factor in the Allied victory. The British Army and Royal Air Force entered the war with conflicting views on the issue of air support that hindered the success of early operations. It was only after the chastening failure of Operation Battleaxe in June 1941, fought according to army doctrine, that Winston Churchill shifted strategy on the direction of future air campaigns—ultimately endorsing the RAF's view of mission and target selection. This view adopted principles of air-ground cooperation that Collishaw had demonstrated in combat. Author Mike Bechthold traces the emergence of this strategy in the RAF air campaign in Operation Compass, the first British offensive in the Western Desert, in which Air Commodore Collishaw’s small force overwhelmed its Italian counterpart and disrupted enemy logistics. Flying to Victory details the experiences that prepared Collishaw so well for this campaign and that taught him much about the application of air power, especially how to work effectively with the army and Royal Navy. As Bechthold shows, these lessons learned altered the Allied approach to tactical air support and, ultimately, changed the course of the Second World War.

Morning Star, Midnight Sun

The Early Guadalcanal-Solomons Campaign of World War II August–October 1942

Author: Jeffrey Cox

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

ISBN: 9781472826428

Category: History

Page: 444

View: 7656

Following on from his hugely successful book Rising Sun, Falling Skies, Jeffrey R. Cox tells the gripping story of the first Allied offensive of the Pacific War, as they sought to prevent Japan from cutting off Australia and regaining dominance in the Pacific. Following the disastrous Java Sea campaign, the Allies went on the offensive in the Pacific in a desperate attempt to halt the Japanese forces that were rampaging across the region. With the conquest of Australia a very real possibility, the stakes were high. Their target: the Japanese-held Solomon Islands, in particular the southern island of Guadalcanal. Hamstrung by arcane pre-war thinking and a bureaucratic mind-set, the US Navy had to adapt on the fly in order to compete with the mighty Imperial Japanese Navy, whose ingenuity and creativity thus far had fostered the creation of its Pacific empire. Starting with the amphibious assault on Savo Island, the campaign turned into an attritional struggle where the evenly matched foes sought to grind out a victory.



Author: Brian Lynch,Franco Urru

Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc

ISBN: 9781600100611

Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Page: 120

View: 6169

When the Monahan Family asks Spike to find their daughter Ruby, he accepts. The problem? Ruby's a half-demon and has been checked into the Mosaic Wellness Center, a rehab facility for vampires, demons, and other creatures of the night. The solution -- Spike checks himself in as a patient. But there's another, slightly bigger problem -- the hundreds of super-powered, supernatural patients at Mosaic know Spike, and want him dead. If the therapy doesn't kill him, the other patients will...

Burma '44

The Battle That Turned the War in the Far East

Author: James Holland

Publisher: Corgi

ISBN: 9780552172035


Page: 448

View: 308

'A thrilling blow-by-blow account' The Times In February 1944, a rag-tag collection of clerks, drivers, doctors, muleteers, and other base troops, stiffened by a few dogged Yorkshiremen and a handful of tank crews managed to hold out against some of the finest infantry in the Japanese Army, and then defeat them in what was one of the most astonishing battles of the Second World War. What became know as The Defence 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. The lessons learned in this tiny and otherwise insignificant corner of the Far East, set up the campaign in Burma that would follow, as General Slim's Fourteenth Army finally turned defeat into victory. Burma '44 is a tale of incredible drama. As gripping as the story of Rorke's drift, as momentous as the battle for the Ardennes, the Admin Box was a triumph of human grit and heroism and remains one of the most significant yet undervalued conflicts of World War Two.

The Burma Campaign

Disaster Into Triumph, 1942-45

Author: Frank McLynn

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300171625

Category: History

Page: 532

View: 3311

Describes the protracted World War II campaign in Burma, discussing how the clash of the multiple personalities and strategies of the American and British generals contributed to early defeats and eventual victory for the allied powers.

Lost England: 1870-1930

Author: Philip Davies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909242791


Page: 560

View: 4459

Around 1500 photographs reveal what it was like to live in Victorian and Edwardian England. The long awaited sequel to Lost London