Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by wtid45, Nov 3, 2010.
Thought I ought to read this one too:
Lucky you my friend
I have read this one and was deeply unimpressed, but it will appeal to the pro-Chindit contingent.
Now that I am within the Chindit Society, I feel I must check out new titles, especially as I have always been Longclothcentric.
Well the book had some interesting parts, especially in regards Zau June's early life, but on the whole a little disappointed with it. Only 62 pages and most of these were taken up with the general situation in the theatre between 1942-44.
Found this pre-publication review of Tales from the King's African Rifles by John Nunneley. It may be of interest. It is a very long time since I was given a copy - still on the bookshelf.
Glad to say I finally found a copy of Lost Legion by William Noonan. It is a book written about the Australia contingent of 204 Military Mission to China in 1942. Looking forward to reading about this unit, especially their early training at the Bush Warfare School at Maymyo in Burma, where they would have been under the maverick eye of Mike Calvert R.E.
Can't comment on the contents - it's still in transit: The Forgotten Squadron - B Squadron, 3rd King's Own Hussars on Java
As mentioned on other threads, I'm currently reading:
Fifty First Field - The story of the 51st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery (Westmoreland & Cumberland Yeomanry), in the Second World War - Cumbria's Museum of Military Life
Looks very interesting. I’d appreciate your feedback on it when it arrives.
Would also appreciate your feedback. My Dad was captured in Java and spent his captivity in Japan with Maj Peter William-Powlett of the 3rd Hussars.
Well I took the chance and ordered a copy since they did operate in the real part of the world afterall
I wondered how long it would take for you to appear on this thread. Enjoy the book when it arrives.
Mine might arrive before yours but I bet you'll finish it quicker!
Recently bought Kindle edition of "The Trees are All Young on Garrison Hill" by Gordon Graham. Graham served in the 1st Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders from the time when battalion was reformed in 1940 till the end of the war. He missed early fighting at Kohima but he give nice account about battles down the road to Imphal, and later battles in the central Burma where he led a company during Irrawaddy crossing. It is really nice book, also last part is covering life of different veteran associations and reconciliation meetings with Japanese veterans.
Another one that is not about ww2, but one that could be interesting to Steve, and the one which in my opinion is definitely must for anyone interested in the Britain-Indonesian Confrontation on Borneo, is "Journeys Hazardous" by Christopher Bullock. Bullock at that time was CO of Support Company of 2nd Bn, 2nd Goorkhas. In book he is describing 5 operation in which he took part, 4 of them were "Claret" operations over the Indonesian border. It is a really good book and I highly recommend it. It could be interesting to Steve because during this time, his Battalion CO was Dominick Neill. Bullock also tell how Neill get into trouble with his Brigade Commander as he went over the border in a helicopter to get out a wounded Gurkha NCO because it was forbidden for battalion COs to do that. Seems like this episode later impacted Neill career in the Army.
This book should be released late this year:
First Burma Campaign: The First Ever Account of the Japanese Conquest of 1942
by Colonel E C V Foucar MC
Thanks for this recommendation sol, I will give the book a go. I have medals in my collection from 2/2 GR and their time in Borneo, as well as my obvious interest in Nik Neill.
Well after little careful consideration I bought it too.
Wonder if there's been some curiosity at the publishers about the sudden interest in the title.
Might see about getting yourself a discount as a referral fee
I have ordered the book Journeys Hazardous on sol's recommendation. I decided to purchase it from the Gurkha Museum rather than Amazon or eBay. It cost a little bit more, but better to support the museum.
Mate, please give us as much intel as possible on this one. What a beaut!
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