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Browned Off and Bloody-MindedThe British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945$
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Alan Allport

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300170757

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300170757.001.0001

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Fighting Bloody Nature

Fighting Bloody Nature

(p.166) Chapter 9 Fighting Bloody Nature
Browned Off and Bloody-Minded

Alan Allport

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the experiences of British soldiers in Burma during the Second World War. Burma was amongst the most alien of the places that British soldiers were sent to during the war. Its climate, landscape, and peoples were utterly unlike anything the vast majority of them had ever encountered. By late 1943, when the tide was clearly turning against the Germans in Europe, the conflict in the East seemed to have lost all synchronicity with the rest of the war. In Burma, the Japanese seemed as solidly ensconced as they had been since they first invaded. Early attempts by British and Indian forces to operate in Burma's hinterland were not encouraging. Malaria also took far more British lives during the war than the Japanese ever managed.

Keywords:   British Army, British soldiers, Burma, Second World War, Indian troops, Japanese

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