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Triumph at Imphal-Kohima


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Raymond Callahan is professor emeritus at the University of Delaware. His many books include The East India Company and Army Reform 1783-1798; Burma, 1942-1945; and, also from Kansas, Churchill and His Generals.


"An astonishingly good and much-needed book, written by a master in his field who is also blessed with the rare skill of brevity. Callahan has poured a lifetime of research about the Indian Army and the tumultuous events of the war in the Far East between 1941 and 1942 into a brief but remarkably rich tome. Placing the campaigns in Burma and India into long historic context Callahan makes easily understandable the essence of the British-run Indian Army, and piece by logical piece explains the causes of its failures in 1942-3, together with the reasons for its astonishing success at Imphal-Kohima in 1944. As Callahan makes clear, only the Red Army from 1943 was able to make the astonishing transformation effected by the Indian Army in 1943-4. The book is lively and beautifully written and his judgments about the Japanese, British, and American commanders are sound. It is written both for historians and a much wider readership."--Robert Lyman, author of Slim, Master of War and Japan's Last Bid for Victory: The Invasion of India, 1944 "This is a gem. While Callahan's study is remarkable as an analytical narrative, it offers far more to scholars and general readers than the portrayal of a little-known campaign in what generally has been considered an insignificant theater of operations in World War II. Callahan brings to bear a lifetime of scholarship on the history and culture of India to place the complex story of the years leading up to the triumph at Imphal in the context of the waning years of the Raj, the class and status tensions associated with reshaping the Indian Army to meet modern circumstances, the amorphous and often conflicting goals of the Anglo-American coalition over the course of the Pacific War. He also engages the reader via a crisp prose style, thoughtfully chosen anecdotal material, and effective recourse to irony and wry humor. It represents a major contribution to this important dimension of World War II."--Theodore A. Wilson, author of The First Summit: Roosevelt and Churchill at Placentia Bay, 1941 "Raymond Callahan shows in fascinating detail how the evolution of the Indian Army and the emergence of a British general combined to destroy the Japanese army in Burma. This superb account of one of the great battles of World War II by a master of his craft sets new standards for future historians."--Edward J. Drea, author of Japan's Imperial Army: Its Rise and Fall, 1853-1945
"The fall, rebirth, and rise of the Indian Army, along with perceptive analysis of British-American combined warfare and logistics, make Triumph at Imphal-Kohima a valuable work that offers lessons for today's military. Callahan has written a readable study on rebuilding armies, combined warfare, and the importance of logistics at the operation level in an oft-overlooked theater."--Infantry"This is an excellent book, achieving not only its aim of creating a book for general readership, but also providing a valuable resource for scholars."--Journal of Military History"Callahan has written an excellent guide to military policy in the South Asian theater, with a salutary emphasis on the tenacity of William Slim and the bravery and skill of his multiethnic 14th Army."--Michigan War Studies Review"An essential read for those interested in the campaign."--New York Military Affairs Symposium"This is an outstanding, nuanced work that deserves a wide audience. Readers knowledgeable about the war in Burma will appreciate Callahan's insights and peeks inside the machine. Those less familiar with the subject--and the invasion of India in particular--will find this an ideal point of departure. All readers will enjoy the manner in which the author brings his subject to life with a crisp, incisive style and a wealth of deftly penned perceptions enhancing pages without impeding the narrative."--Stone & Stone Second World War Books

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