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The battle of Meiktila was the decisive battle of the Burma campaign and resulted in the liberation of Burma, the capture of Rangoon and the virtual destruction of the Japanese Burma Area Army. General William Slim believed that it would be possible to re-conquer Burma over land if the Japanese army could be seriously weakened first. In the subsequent campaign Slim overcame immense logistical problems, executed a large-scale deception plan, oversaw the longest opposed river crossing conducted in World War II and carried out an armoured dash behind enemy lines supplied entirely from the air. This book details every stage of this formidable battle.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841766980
ISBN-10: 1841766984
Format: Paperback
(248mm x 184mm x 8mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 25-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Young Edward

Edward Young developed an interest in the Meiktila campaign whilst writing his book 'Air Commando Fighters of World War II'. He has since spent more than two years studying the campaign in detail and has taken a trip to Burma to 'walk' the battlefields. He has previously written several books including 'Aerial Nationalism: A History of Aviation in Thailand' (Smithsonian Institution, 1995). Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of Osprey books including Campaign 100: 'D-Day 1944 (1) Omaha Beach' and Campaign 115: 'Battle of the Ardennes (1) St Vith and the Northern Shoulder'. Howard lives and works in Kent.