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Bill Slim: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

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'Bill' Slim was one of the greatest British generals of World War II. In a career that stretched from 1914 until 1958 Bill Slim's greatest triumphs came in India and Burma in the long war against the Japanese between 1944 and 1945. This new Command title will cover both expeditions extensively. It also explores the legacy of a general that time often forgets. His success in rebuilding the morale and self-confidence of a defeated army remains at the heart of the way the British Army continues to train its soldiers today. He was no theoretical

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Overview

'Bill' Slim was one of the greatest British generals of World War II. In a career that stretched from 1914 until 1958 Bill Slim's greatest triumphs came in India and Burma in the long war against the Japanese between 1944 and 1945. This new Command title will cover both expeditions extensively. It also explores the legacy of a general that time often forgets. His success in rebuilding the morale and self-confidence of a defeated army remains at the heart of the way the British Army continues to train its soldiers today. He was no theoretical soldier, but in his demonstration of the principles of what is today called 'manoeuvre warfare' he is regarded as one of the finest commanders of the modern age and this book will help illustrate why.

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"...a fine account of an exceptional commander ... I highly recommend this book to any student of the CBI or British generals." -Frederick Boucher, AeroScale
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849085281
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Series: Command Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Lyman is the author of one Campaign Series titles: Iraq 1941 (2006). He has also written Slim, Master of War (Constable, 2004), First Victory (Constable, 2006) and The Generals: From Defeat to Victory in Asia, 1941-45 (Constable, 2008), the later of which deals in detail with the man responsible for the Japanese invasion of India in 1944, Mutaguchi Renya. Robert's latest book, The Longest Siege, Tobruk. The Battle that Saved North Africa (Macmillan) is being published simultaneously in Australia and the UK on 15 May 2009. He is also writing, for Macmillan, a substantial account of the war in the Far East to be called The Turning Point: Imphal and Kohima and the Battle for India (forthcoming, 2010). Robert is also the Secretary (soon to be Chairman) of the Kohima Educational Trust (www.kohimaeducationaltrust) and a trustee of the Burma Campaign Memorial Library at SOAS, London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The early years 8

World War II, 1939-43 12

India and Burma, 1943-45 21

Opposing commanders 53

Inside the mind 57

When the war is done 59

A life in words 60

Further reading 62

Index 64

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