The Road Past Mandalay

Author: John Masters

Publisher: N.A


Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 341

View: 8545

A personal story of the Second World War in Burms. India, and Mandalay.

Phoenix from the Ashes

Author: Daniel Marston

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275980030

Category: History

Page: 283

View: 9388

Investigates how the Indian Army turned a major defeat by the Japanese in 1943 into a victory in 1945 through tactical and structural reforms.

The Daring Dozen

Author: Gavin Mortimer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1780964552

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8613

In this new book, Gavin Mortimer reveals the 12 legendary Special Forces commanders of World War II. Prior to the war, the concept of 'special forces' simply didn't exist, but thanks to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very concept of how wars can be fought and won has totally changed. These 12 men not only reshaped military policy, but they led from the front, accompanying their troops into battle, from the sands of North Africa to jumping on D-Day and infiltrating behind enemy lines. Mortimer also offers a skilful analysis of their qualities as military commanders and the true impact that their own personal actions, as well as those of their units, had on the eventual outcome of the war.

Browned Off and Bloody-minded

Author: Alan Allport

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300170750

Category: History

Page: 395

View: 1809

More than three-and-a-half million men served in the British Army during the Second World War, the vast majority of them civilians who had never expected to become soldiers and had little idea what military life, with all its strange rituals, discomforts, and dangers, was going to be like. Alan Allport's rich and luminous social history examines the experience of the greatest and most terrible war in history from the perspective of these ordinary, extraordinary men, who were plucked from their peacetime families and workplaces and sent to fight for King and Country. Allport chronicles the huge diversity of their wartime trajectories, tracing how soldiers responded to and were shaped by their years with the British Army, and how that army, however reluctantly, had to accommodate itself to them. Touching on issues of class, sex, crime, trauma, and national identity, through a colorful multitude of fresh individual perspectives, the book provides an enlightening, deeply moving perspective on how a generation of very modern-minded young men responded to the challenges of a brutal and disorienting conflict.