Saul David

Admin Nightmare

Burma ’44: The Battle that Turned the War in the Far East

By

Bantam Press 319pp £20 order from our bookshop

For eighteen days in February 1944, a ‘motley collection’ of British-led ‘muleteers, clerks, engineers, orderlies and medical men’ fought off repeated attacks by the Japanese Imperial Army in the jungle-clad mountains of Arakan in northwest Burma. Known as the Battle of the Admin Box, it was the ‘first time’ British forces had beaten the Japanese in a major action and was to prove a ‘crucial turning point’ in the war. Yet few have heard of the battle. It ‘deserves to be remembered’, writes James Holland.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'Seventy years on, the time we have left to gather such first-hand testimony is running out.' John Keay on the sig… ,
    • The author 'seethes with contemptuous indignation at the shiny junk that an unregulated construction industry dumps… ,
    • 'The physical courage he demonstrated as a young man [...] gave way to intellectual power; radical thought, gifted… ,
    • 'While Jane Austen didn’t perhaps achieve the full recognition that she deserved in her lifetime, even then she out… ,
    • 'All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And t… ,
    • 'You are interested in a particular subject; basic research hardens this interest into an obsession, after which th… ,
    • 'Keynes predicted that future generations would enjoy such an improved standard of living that they might work just… ,