The Forgotten Army: A Burma Soldier's Story in Letters, Photographs and Sketches (BOK)

James Fenton

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The Forgotten Army consists of the letters, photos and sketches of a soldier fighting the Japanese in Burma that were sent home to the author's parents in Lancashire. Call-up documents, medical certificate, service pay book, discharge papers, letter index, family tree, news cuttings, leaflets, and 440 letters spanning military service in the army at home, India, Burma and Malaya. Copies of sketches, illustrations, photographs and paintings have been placed with original letters where reference is made. Sketches of the attack on Myitson, and copies of illustrations printed in the magazine Soldier, are the only drawings of wartime actions that have survived. Original portraits in watercolour, pictorial scenes and photographs, have been exhibited at various venues, a larger number have never been on show. In additions to the letters sent to his family, many more were written to his brother Harry serving with the Royal Corps of Signals. Strict censorship regulations on leaving England prohibited the disclosure of troop ships, military activities, locations and place names, or information that may be of value to an enemy. Hostile encounters with Japanese forces during the Burma campaign were not allowed to be repeated until the closing days of the war. The last of the author's experiences as a soldier serving in uniform is related to letters to his wife. This is a continuous account of military service during World War 2, from the very first day in the army, to the last.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter James Fenton
Fonthill Media Ltd
ISBN 9781781550472
Antall sider 336 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,2cm
Vekt 840 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Second World War, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Diaries, letters & journals, Asian history