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Monsoon Victory

By: Gerald Hanley (588/35864)
Publisher: White Lion ISBN: 0856172243
(From the John Laffin Library)

When the sky darkens at the time of the monsoon it is like the silent approach of a power that dwarfs humanity. It was during the monsoon - in July, 1944 - that the 11th Division East African Rifles went into action to drive the Japanese out of Burma. Their achievement - to fight through the jungles which were now pestilential swamps - had been considered at the outset totally impossible.

Captain Gerald Hanley was with the 11th Division as Special War correspondent. He writes graphically of the stark conditions of jungle warfare - the cruelty, the excitement, the tension, the exhaustion - and shows insight into the attitudes both of the Japanese troops and of the Africans who fought with the British soldiers in the 11th Division.

June 2008

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