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China, Burma, India (World War II) Hardcover – April, 1978

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  • Series: World War II
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Time Life Education; 1st edition (April 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809424835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809424832
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As with all the Time-Life books of wars, China-Burma is a quick journalistic account of the better known campaigns, events, and personalities of the relevant theatre. The title is an easily digested picture book with a magazine style; primarily an introduction for those with a casual interest in CBI. The reader will encounter intriguing stories of colourful commanders, incredible courage, and daring missions. The semiphotographic account is not a formal history book, and does not propose explanations of events. However, it does give quick understanding of the national attitudes and cultures which shaped the war in Southeast Asia.
Primarily, the book follows hot tempered theatre commander Joseph Stilwell, given the task of developing strategy and preparing troops despite insurmountable military and diplomatic obstacles. The struggle is made nearly hopeless from indifferent allied leaders, unprepared troops, corrupt governments and scarce supplies. The author has drawn heavily from Stilwell's own papers for first hand accounts of events, and for evaluations of people and strategic decisions. Much as a movie might, the narrative cuts from action to action between the creation of the CBI theatre in December 1941, to the capture of Rangoon, May 1945.
Many photographs accompany the text, which vividly describes the ordeals faced by allied troops fighting the Japanese onslaught. In the mountains, plains and jungles of burma and its surroundings, incredible sacrifices and achievements are made by soldiers amidst unbearable suffering and death. The tragic plight of millions of civillians suffering from war-induced famines, riots, displacement and poverty is also poignantly documented.
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Although this series of books often takes flack from purists, they are not meant to be the last word on the subject. I found this book a good overview of an often forgotten theater of WWII. In many respects the campaign was similar to others throughout the pacific. However, the China, India, Burma theater had it's own unique problems. For example, supplying troops was in itself a battle given the terrain, rogue Burmese gorillia units, questionable Chinese loyalty, and the unforgiving monsoon season and extreme heat. Combine all this with dense jungle, deadly animals, and disease and a determined enemy and you've got one hell of a combat environment! The book also covers air operations by the Flying Tigers, and the cargo aircraft but there is little info on the 10th Air Force.
The book gave a lot of ink to the commanders such as Stillwell, Chenault and others. The Burma Road was discussed only briefly and in reading further I found that the Burma Road was what lead to massive air lift operations over "The Hump" by cargo aircraft. There are entire books alone which describe the Burma Road as well as other aspects of the theater. This book is a good place to start. You can always pursue further reading. There is a bibliography at the end of the book.
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History in the pictures.
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Fantastic !
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