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by William Slim


It was published in the United States as Defeat into Victory: Battling Japan in Burma and India, 1942–1945 by David McKay of New York in 1961.

Defeat Into Victory" is a long read at over 550 pages; the casual reader may be overwhelmed by the length and level of detail. The limited selection of maps are a bit difficult to read but enable the reader to follow the course of the campaigns.

Defeat Into Victory book. I To many William Slim was possibly the finest British (and possibly Allied) General to serve during the Second World War. It is not readily known that the victor of Imphal was also a novelist between wars so this is one of the rarest of items, a memoir written by a general who can actually write! As memoirs go Slim lays out clearly how the war with Japan went and what it to took to turn a beaten army into a winner.

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Field Marshal Viscount Slim (1891–1970) led shattered British forces from Burma to India in one of the lesser-known but more nightmarish retreats of World War II. He then restored his army's fighting capabilities and morale with virtually no support from home and counterattacked. His army's slaughter of Japanese troops ultimately liberated India and Burma.

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Slim’s 550-page epic details his experiences leading British and Indian troops in Burma from 1942–1945. Whereas many memoirs by generals focus on themselves, Slim details the campaign overall in. Slim’s 550-page epic details his experiences leading British and Indian troops in Burma from 1942–1945. Whereas many memoirs by generals focus on themselves, Slim details the campaign overall in minute detail, rarely compliments himself, and lavishes praise on his troops. It is an incredible look into a complete military campaign. Things start out in 1942 with The Retreat as the British are routed from Rangoon and Burma, all the way back into India.

Defeat Into Victory" is a long read at over 550 pages; the casual reader may be overwhelmed by the length and . Slim - Second to None. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 18 years ago. William Slim is virtually unknown today - even among the history buff circles, he is a rate footnote.

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Bort
I have to confess to never having heard of Viscount Slim's memoir before seeing a recommendation from our Defense Secretary Mathis. It's a first rate compilation of the Burma Campaign - the retreat after Japan's attacks and the effort to win Burma back. Slim enumerates all the difficulties involved and gives credit to virtually everyone else for the victory. What shines through is Slim's clear-headed commitment and organizational skills. We could do less with the enumeration of every unit involved in every engagement but this is a small price to pay for such a precious memoir.
Ballardana
This book is many things, Memoir, military history,biographical sketches and instruction manual A thoughtful, very readable account of the very complex and important military campaigns to defend India and reclaim Burma in World War II.Where the British really shown by not only combined arms , combined allied war effort and the end of the supply pipe line.
His sketch of the American general Joe Stillwell is fascinating . A tough , capable but often cantankerous aliied general who seemed to dislike most British generals. General Slim liked this often difficult general and appreciated his drive .
Orde Wingate and the his Chindits were fairly appraised. Slim thought the Chindit Force was wasteful but as Wingate and the Chindits were supported by Churchill he had to accept and support them. The Long Range Penetration units ( Chindits and the American Marauders)
is still being studied but General Slim thought the expense in diverted resources ( men and supplies) could better have been used in 14th Army .
A very good and thoughtful book to add to ones military history library .
Arashitilar
An amazing record of the campaign which saw the total defeat of the Japanese army. The insight shown by Slim in his description of the enemy is masterful and typical of the only man in history who began as a Private and finished as C.I.G.S. of the combined British forces. Field Marshal Slim took the salute at my "Passing Out Parade" at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in December 1950 (Intake 6,) Even when he had reached the pinnacle of rank in the British Army, he never lost the 'common touch'. Lord Farrow.
Nikohn
Field Marshal Slim's excellent memoire of the fighting against the Japanese in Burma and India during 1942-1945 is remarkable on at least two counts. First, the Allied armies were badly beaten and hustled unceremoniously out of Burma in 1942, yet reorganized in time to defend India and went on to liberate Burma in 1945. This feat was all the more remarkable for being fought over some of the most rugged jungle and mountain terrain in the world, under often horrendous weather conditions, at the distant end of the Allied supply lines. Second, Slim's account is exceptionally candid with respect to his leadership, to include mistakes made (his and others), to his opinions of his allies and opponents, and to the political wrangling that goes on in any coalition military effort.

The China-Burma-India Theater of World War II did not include large numbers of American ground forces, and has therefore been left largely in the shadows of the fighting in Europe and the Pacific theater. However, the Allied forces inflicted a massive military defeat on the Japanese Army under extraordinarily difficult conditions; there is much to learn from the common sense, improvisational approach employed by Slim in planning and organizing his campaigns.

Slim arrived in the theater as a brand new corps commander just at the start of the Japanese invasion. His efforts to cobble together a defense were repeatedly overturned by the relentless Japanese attack and by the scarcity of resources. Slim managed to extract his forces and in successive positions as corps and army commander, rebuilt them into the force that went back into Burma. Slim's account is comprehensive, even exhaustive, describing both the operational-level planning and administrative support and much of the tactical level fighting in the jungles. His high regard for his multi-national army, composed of British, Gurkha, Indian, Chinese, and American forces, and his care for their morale is evident throughout his account.

"Defeat Into Victory" is a long read at over 550 pages; the casual reader may be overwhelmed by the length and level of detail. The student of military art without prior background in the China-Burma-India theater may have some challenge putting Slim's account into proper context. The limited selection of maps are a bit difficult to read but enable the reader to follow the course of the campaigns.

This book is very highly recommended to the student of the military art looking for a very readable account of the Allied campaigns in Burma. Those who persist to the end will be rewarded by Slim's retrospective on the fighting in Burma and the surprisingly modern conclusions he draws from the experience.
Ieregr
Lord Bill Slim was not fighting Britain's war just the Japanese, but the Burmese Front was on low priority list of the British Empire. Additionally, he did not belong to a titled family which used to be a great disadvantage then and even Sir Winston Churchill himself did not think kindly of the General. That makes this a superb episode and count Slim's fine writing skill a bonus. I had read it some fifty years ago and re-reading it was a great experience.
Defeat into Victory (A Corgi book) ebook
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William Slim
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Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (October 22, 1971)
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