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Titel: Slim, Master of War: Burma and the Birth of ...
Verlag: Constable, London, 2004
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Signiert: Signed by Author(s)
Auflage: 1st Edition
First edition. Hardback. Signed presentation copy from the author. Near fine in very good indeed dust jacket, slight nick at foot of spine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers A149308
General W. J. Slim was one of the finest and most unorthodox commanders of the Second World War, the equal of Patton and Guderian, whose smart style of soldiering paved the way for how we make war today.
In this deft, atmospheric account of Slim's extraordinarily successful Burma campaign, Robert Lyman explores the brilliantly maverick innovator who created victory out of defeat in World War II. Appointed to lead the famous 'forgotten' 14th Army in Burma in 1943, within six months Slim had dealt the first death blow to the Japanese at the Battle of Kohim and Imphal. This was the largest single defeat of the Japanese Army on land in 1939-45 and led to their complete destruction in Burma by August 1945. It was accomplished with a fraction of the resources and support available to Montgomery in Europe, over almost impossible 1000-mile lines of communication. So, how did Slim achieve this? And why is he not better known?
Lyman depicts him as an intelligent, compassionate commander, whose unconventionality was his greatest strength. He was, like Patton, a manoeuvrist, preferring to employ cunning and guile, resourcefulness and ingenuity to achieve his ends, techniques at the time a stark contrast to those generally used by the British Army. He was also an early exponent of mission command, encouraging initiative at all levels.
Slim's men worshipped him - he was a soldier's general - and not just his men, but his equals too: he formed a strong bond with Mountbatten, and Stilwell would serve under no other British commander. They were not wrong, as Lyman makes clear in this tremendously readable and fascinating biography of a legendary soldier: he was a singular man and a supreme commander.
Inhaltsangabe: General W.J. Slim achieved something no one believed possible. Appointed to lead what was soon to become the famous "forgotten" 14th Army in 1943, at a time when British units in the Far East were defeated and demoralized, within six months he had dealt the first death blow to the Japanese Army. This - the battle of Kohima and Imphal - was the largest single defeat of the Japanese on land in World War II and led to their complete destruction in Burma by August 1945. So, how did he do it? And why is he not better known? Slim did not fit the British military mould. Like Patton he was a manoeuvrist: he fought differently, seeking victory by cunning and guile, starkly different from how the British Army fought its wars at the time. Like the legendary soldier T.E. Lawrence, Slim was an exponent - long before it became fashionable - of mission command, giving his subordinates their head and encouraging initiative and imagination at the lowest levels of command. But above all Slim was a soldier's general - it wasn't just his men who revered him, but his equals too: Mountbatten with whom he bonded in a way unparalleled in South East Asia Command, and Stilwell, another maverick, who would serve under no other British commander but him. They were not wrong; he was a singular man, a supreme commander, who remains worthy of our respect.
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