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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2018 3:27 p.m. PST

"The campaign in which Allied forces defeated the Japanese in Burma was unique in that neither side particularly wished to wage war there. When Japan entered the war on the side of the Axis powers in December 1941, her main aims were to acquire raw materials, particularly oil, rubber and tin and, through expansion of the so-called Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere, to create space for the population of the over-crowded home islands.

These needs fired the strategic thinking of belligerent politicians and service chiefs in Tokyo. They worked on the assumption that a surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet's base at Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii, would enable the Imperial Japanese army, air force and navy to attain the warlords' territorial aims before the western Allies could react…."
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Legion 424 Oct 2018 3:45 p.m. PST

Another very interesting front that seems not to get as much gaming as Europe.

TacticalPainter0124 Oct 2018 10:43 p.m. PST

Chinese, British, Americans, Indians, Burmans and Japanese, then throw in Chindits, Marauders and other irregulars, and what's not to like and hold your interest?

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 3:41 a.m. PST

Sometimes needs Burmese buildings and then stuck!

Legion 425 Oct 2018 6:51 a.m. PST

I'm with you on the TP1 … I found the study and gaming the CBI very interesting. Yes, the US Marauders, UK Chindits, Gurkha Paras, etc. Even the Brits were still using the M3 Grant/Lee MBTs.

Legion 425 Oct 2018 6:54 a.m. PST

I'm with you on the TP1 … I found the study and gaming the CBI very interesting. The US Marauders, UK Chindits, Gurkha Paras, etc. Even the Brits were still using the M3 Grant/Lee MBTs.

Keith Talent25 Oct 2018 8:30 a.m. PST

A campaign I've never studied.
Any good book suggestions for starters?

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 9:41 a.m. PST

I'm partial to "Burma: The Longest War" by Louis Allen. An excellent overall summary.

"Quartered Sage Out Here" by George MacDonald Fraser (author of the Flashman series) is an excellent memoir from the campaign.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 10:38 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friends!. (smile)


Windy Miller25 Oct 2018 2:20 p.m. PST

You can't go far wrong by starting off with Defeat into Victory by Bill Slim. He was the bloke what beat the Japs after all. Road of Bones by Fergal Keane is worth a read too on Kohima/Imphal. Another vote for Quartered Safe out Here for the drive to Meiktila and Rangoon, and The Road Past Mandalay by John Masters for the Chindits.

Its a fascinating campaign often overshadowed by events elsewhere. Slim's army was a truly multinational force, besides being the largest Commonwealth Army of the Second World War, with over a million men drawn mostly from India, Britain and Africa.

Mithmee Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2018 6:58 p.m. PST

Brutal area; diseases, rough terrain, no road network, major rain season that lasts for months.

The US Marauders were a broken unit at the end. The man were in no shape and were shipped back to rear areas.

But this is a great area to run small scale battles.

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