The campaign in Burma was the longest and biggest ground war fought by the British and Americans against the Japanese. It was won in some of the bitterest fighting experienced by the Allies in the Second World War and included one of the longest retreats (1000 miles) and one of the greatest Allied victories, Kohima-Imphal. The Allied forces serving in Burma were among the most multi-racial in the history of warfare. Using the Imperial War Museum's archives, this text provides a gripping picture of what it was really like to fight in this extraordinary conflict.
Major General Julian Thompson served in the Royal Marine Commandos for 34 years. He is now Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London, and is the author of numerous books including the IWM Books of War Behind Enemy Lines and War at Sea.