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The road past Mandalay

By: Masters, John

Part of the Cassell Military Paperbacks series
0304361577 / 9780304361571
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20 cm 343 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 1961.
Dramatic story of behind-the-lines jungle warfare A true military classic comparable with George Macdonald Fraser's QUARTERED SAFE OUT HERE Is the sequel to BUGLES AND A TIGER, also published as a Cassell Military Paperback

This is the second part of John Masters' autobiography: how he fought with his Gurkha regiment during World War II until his promotion to command one of the Chindit columns behind enemy lines in Burma.

Written by a bestselling novelist at the height of his powers, it is an exceptionally moving story that culminates in him having to personally shoot a number of wounded British soldiers who cannot be evacuated before their position is overrun by the Japanese.

It is an uncomfortable reminder that Churchill's obsession with 'special forces' squandered thousands of Allied lives in operations that owed more to public relations than strategic calculation.

This military and moral odyssey is one of the greatest of World War II frontline memoirs.


1FMB Myanmar (Burma), BGA Autobiography: general, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBWQ Second World War

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