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Kohima
12 Mar 2015 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781784081775

A classic account of a decisive battle of the Second World War, in which the Japanese assault on British India was checked in the 'jungle hell' of Assam.

Non Fiction / HBLW (Modern History)
Extent: 320 pages  Illus: 16pp b&w illus
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Kohimaby Arthur Swinson

On 7 March 1944 Tokyo announced that the Japanese invasion of British India had begun. By mid-month, the Japanese 31st Division had crossed the Chindwin River in northern Burma, advancing on a wide front towards Imphal and Kohima. In bitter jungle fighting from early April, the British Fourteenth Army under Field Marshal Slim held the Japanese assault on Kohima Ridge. By late June the Japanese were in headlong retreat.

Kohima ranks for strategic importance with Alamein, Midway and Stalingrad. The increasing dominance of Allied airpower in the region in the aftermath of the battle was a major factor in turning the tide of the war in East Asia against the Japanese.

Drawing on documents and diaries from Japanese as well as Allied sources, Arthur Swinson, who served at Kohima, not only presents a thrilling and fascinating tale of heroism and combat action, but also analyses the political background to and long-term impact of a clash described by Mountbatten as 'one of the greatest battles in history'.

 
Arthur Swinson was a British army officer, playwright, historian and BBC producer. He served in the 2nd British Division at Kohima. The author of some twenty works of non-fiction, Arthur Swinson died in 1970.

'A fascinating account of a battle that ranks with El Alamein and Midway as one of the most important strategically of WWII' Military History Monthly

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