THE BANZAI HUNTERS - The Small Boat Operations That Defeated the Japanese,1944-5.
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Commanded by the brilliant but unorthodox General WJ 'Bill' Slim,the British 14th - known now as the 'Forgotten Army' - took on the Japanese entrenched in Burma in 1944.A vital mission, Slim's bloody,tense and fraught victory on the mainland would never have been achieved were it not for the dispatching of heroic Army and Navy soldiers who stole quietly along the rivers and onto the islands along the eastern coast of Burma to open the way for a strategic turning point - as vital as El Alamein in the Western Desert or the D-Day landings in Normandy.
Battling against the hated Japanese,as well as some of the deadliest insects, animals and diseases known to man,in the thick,dense jungle of the Arakan,units of the Royal Marines and Royal Navy were helped by a motley collection of daring seamen.
It is these men - these Banzai Hunters - who fought for every inch of the Arakan coast in amphibious and covert attacks on land,to engage the Japanese on a second front while the troops of the Allied 14th Army in India struck south to retake Burma.Like the exploits of the soldiers of the 'Forgotten Army' - so named because their story has always taken second place to the achievements in Europe - it is also a little episode and has been compiled from a mixture of official documents, contemporary reports and the recollections of those who were there.
Together these men from all over the British Commonwealth engaged in a vital campaign of audacity and courage in the dangerous waterways,hostile stretches of swamp and jungle and all along the coast of the Arakan that has earned them the enduring epithet The Banzai Hunters,and a place in military history.
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- R. J. A. PAXTON-DENNY. (GB)
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- THE BANZAI HUNTERS - The Small Boat Operations That Defeated the Japanese,1944-5.
- HAINING, PETER:
- illus with contemporary b/w photographs.
- Book condition
- Used - FINE+.
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- Quantity available
- UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
- ISBN 10
- ISBN 13
- LONDON.ROBSON BOOKS,2006.
- Place of Publication
- This edition first published
- October 1, 2006
- q52.NAVAL/MILITARY.UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.ISBN 1861059418.WW2_Burma_Arakan_small Boat operations_Allied 14th Army_General WJ 'Bill' Slim.Arakan Coastal Forces_Allies_WW2.Fairmile B Motor Gunboats_amphibious assaults_Royal Marine commandos_RN_Banzai Hunte
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