Burma '44

The Battle That Turned Britain's War in the East

Author: James Holland

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473526523

Category: History

Page: 448

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'A first-rate popular history of a fascinating and neglected battle . . . James Holland is a master of spinning narrative military history from accounts of men and women who were there and BURMA ’44 is a veritable page-turner' BBC History 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.

Political Regimes and the Media in Asia

Author: Center for Research in Culture and Communication Krishna Sen,Krishna Sen,Terence Lee

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134142145

Category: History

Page: 248

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This book analyzes the relationship between political power and the media in a range of nation states in East and Southeast Asia, focusing in particular on the place of the media in authoritarian and post-authoritarian regimes. It discusses the centrality of media in sustaining repressive regimes, and the key role of the media in the transformation and collapse of such regimes. It questions in particular the widely held beliefs, that the state can have complete control over the media consumption of its citizens, that commercialization of the media necessarily leads to democratization, and that the transnational, liberal dimensions of western media are crucial for democratic movements in Asia. Countries covered include Burma, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Another Man's War

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

Author: Barnaby Phillips

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780745230

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 2677


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.

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Burma

Jungle Warfare and Intelligence Gathering in WW12

Author: Richard Duckett

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1786722720

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 5608


In the mountains and jungles of occupied Burma during World War II, British special forces launched a series of secret operations, assisted by parts of the Burmese population. The men of the SOE, trained in sabotage and guerrilla warfare, worked in the jungle, deep behind enemy lines, to frustrate the puppet Burmese government of Ba Maw and continue the fight against Hirohito's Japan in a theatre starved of resources. Here, Richard Duckett uses newly declassified documents from the National Archives to reveal for the first time the extent of British special forces’ involvement - from the 1941 operations until beyond Burma’s independence from the British Empire in 1948. Duckett argues convincingly that ‘Operation Character’ and ‘Operation Billet’ - large SOE missions launched in support of General Slim's XIV Army offensive to liberate Burma - rank among the most militarily significant of the SOE's secret missions. Featuring a wealth of photographs and accompanying material never before published, including direct testimony recorded by veterans of the campaign and maps from the SOE files, The SOE in Burma tells a compelling story of courage and struggle in during World War II

Myanmar's 'Rohingya' Conflict

Author: Anthony Ware,Costas Laoutides

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190050209

Category: Political Science

Page: 276

View: 7984


The plight of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims has made international news in recent years. Reports of genocide, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity are commonplace. The Rohingyas have been denied citizenship and are widely discriminated against. Hundreds of thousands have been internally displaced by violence, or have sought refuge in neighbouring or friendly Muslim countries. This conflict has become a litmus test for change in this country in transition, and current assessments are far from positive. Whitewashing by the military, and a refusal by Aung San Suu Kyi's government to even use the name 'Rohingya', adds to international scepticism. Exploring this long-running tripartite conflict between the Rohingya, Rakhine and Burman ethnic groups, this book offers a new analysis of the complexities of the conflict: the fears and motivations driving it and the competition to control historical representations and collective memory. By questioning these competing narratives, offering detailed sociopolitical analysis and examining the international dimensions of the conflict, this book offers new insights into what is preventing a peaceful resolution to this intractable conflict.

Burma, Frontier Areas Committee of Enquiry, 1947

Report Submitted to His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and to the Government of Burma

Author: Tualchin Neihsial

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788121003803

Category: Burma

Page: 96

View: 8957


The Burma Frontier Areas Committe of Enquiry, 1947 Report submitted to His Majesty's Government, London and the Government of Burma in June, 47 incorporates information on the lands, population, the historical and goegraphical backgrounds of the Frontier Areas, the history of the British administration of the Frontier Areas up to the year 1942, the British reoccupation of Burma in 1945, the Panglong Agreement, Reocmmendations and Obeservations of the Commission. besides, the Report includes the interview/talks the members of the Enquiry Committee had with the representatives from the Frontier Areas people namely, the Karens, the Kachins, the Shans and the Zoumis in Chin hills district and Arakan Hill Tracts of ascertain their views on the form of their association with the Government of Burma.