A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma & Britain: 1941-45 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Bloomsbury presents A War of Empires by Robert Lyman, read by Roger May.
In 1941 and 1942, the British and Indian armies were brutally defeated and Japan reigned supreme in its newly conquered territories throughout Asia. But change was coming. New commanders were appointed, significant training together with restructuring took place and new tactics were developed. A War of Empires by acclaimed historian Robert Lyman expertly retells these coordinated efforts and describes how a new volunteer Indian Army, rising from the ashes of defeat, would ferociously fight to turn the tide of war.
But victory did not come immediately. It wasn’t until March 1944, when the Japanese staged their famed ‘March on Delhi’, that the years of rebuilding reaped their reward and after bitter fighting, the Japanese were finally defeated at Kohima and Imphal. This was followed by a series of extraordinary victories culminating in Mandalay in May 1945 and the collapse of all Japanese forces in Burma. The Indian army’s contribution has been consistently forgotten and ignored by many Western historians, Robert Lyman proves how vital this hard-fought campaign was in securing Allied victory in the east, defeating Japanese militarism and ultimately redrawing the map of the region with an independent India, free from the shackles of empire, all but guaranteed.
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|Listening Length||25 hours and 21 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||November 16 2021|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing Plc|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #68,208 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#212 in Asian History (Audible Books & Originals)
#247 in History of South East Asia
#654 in War History
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The only chapter that I found to be contentious, if that is the right word, is the last chapter in the book, number 40 and headed The Empire Strikes Back. This chapter is the author's analysis of the political consequences of the war, which I found to be somewhat triumphalist and simplistic, concentrated on India, with barely a mention of Pakistan, West and East, with no mention at all of Jinnah and the Muslim League, and with absolutely zero analysis of where it all went wrong with Burma after the war.
Was the right call really made with Aung San and the Burma National Army changing sides towards the end of the war? As Robert Lyman on page 458 confirms, we are talking about Imperial Japanese Army trained people here. Although Mr Lyman doesn't say so in his book A War of Empires, even at the time in 1944-1945 acceptance of the switch was contentious. By the time Mr Lyman wrote this book, published in 2021, the true horror of the culture they imposed on Burma / Myanmar is, sadly, plain for all to see.
always sets a high standard and with this he has raised the bar. Had it been possible I would have without hesitation given this book more than five stars. Quite excellent in every way.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on January 9, 2022