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Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma: Allies at War, 1943-1944
     

Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma: Allies at War, 1943-1944

by Jonathan Templin Ritter
 

Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma explores the relationship between American General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell and British Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) and the South East Asia Command (SEAC) between October 1943 and October 1944, within the wider context of Anglo-American relations during World War II

Overview


Stilwell and Mountbatten in Burma explores the relationship between American General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell and British Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) and the South East Asia Command (SEAC) between October 1943 and October 1944, within the wider context of Anglo-American relations during World War II. Using original material from both British and American archives, Jonathan Templin Ritter discusses the military, political, and diplomatic aspects of Anglo-American cooperation, the personalities involved, and where British and American policies both converged and diverged over Southeast Asia.
Although much has been written about CBI, Stilwell and China, and Mountbatten, no published comparison study has focused on the relationship between the two men during the twelve-month period in which their careers overlapped. This book bridges the gap in the literature between Mountbatten’s earlier naval career and his later role as the last Viceroy of British India. It also presents original archival material that explains why Stilwell was so anti-British, including his 1935 memorandum titled “The British,” and his original margin notes to Mountbatten’s farewell letter to him in 1944. Finally, it presents other original archival material that refutes previous books that have accused Stilwell of needlessly sacrificing the lives of his men during the 1944 North Burma Campaign, merely out of hatred for the British.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Ritter displays a good sense of the strategic background to Anglo-American relations in World War Two and the China-Burma-India theatre. There were genuine and awkward differences between American and British policy regarding China and colonialism in Asia. He has applied a confident intellectual grasp to a complex layering of events and personality, and constructs a fascinating and highly relevant argument out of some complicated material.”—Alan Warren, author of Burma 1942

“During World War II the Anglo-American ‘special relationship’ was nowhere less special than in the China and the Southeast Asia theaters where the two powers were seldom in agreement on either political policy or military strategy.  Matters were made worse in 1943-44 by the high-level pairing of British Admiral Louis Mountbatten and American General Joseph Stilwell.  As Jonathan Ritter demonstrates in this well-researched volume, while both were men of unusual ability, an odder couple would have been difficult to find.  Predictably, the relationship between the suave, handsome Mountbatten, a star of British high society, and the acerbic Stilwell, an anglophobe who cast himself as a plain-spoken, unpretentious warrior and who reveled in skewering ‘stuffed shirts’ did not go well.”—E. Bruce Reynolds, Professor of History, San Jose State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574416749
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
04/17/2017
Series:
American Military Studies , #3
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


JONATHAN TEMPLIN RITTER has worked as an archivist with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and is currently the archivist for Archbishop Riordan High School. He earned a master’s degree in history from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in library & information science from San Jose State University. He lives in San Francisco.