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    Patrick Davis(Author)

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A narrative of a young officer's fears and triumphs, of the discomforts and tragedies attendant on battle, the terrors and confusion in the midst of action against a fanatically tenacious enemy. It is an account of the insidious drain on stamina and courage that all men face during prolonged exposure to battle.

Patrick Davis fought in Burma with the 4/8th Gurkha Rifles, and served in the Indian Army until 1947 when he returned to England to take a degree at Oxford. Since 1955 he has held a succession of posts in the London publishing and university worlds. He lives in Kent.

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  • PDF | 238 pages
  • Patrick Davis(Author)
  • Spellmount (2006)
  • English
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  • By Peter on 16 August 2017

    Beautifully written-a beguiling book

  • By Valued Amazon Customer on 9 September 2006

    This is a welcome re-print and updated edition of the excellent Spellmount Classics publication covering the fascinating account of a young man's war against the Japanese in the jungles of Burma in years1943-45.The author - Patrick Davis enlisted as an 'hostilities only' officer in the army during the Second World War. After his initial training, he was posted to one of the outstanding Gurkha battalions of Slim's "Forgotten Army". As one can imagine, as a young and inexperienced officer serving in this campaign, the pressures and learning curves were great, however despite the discomforts, fears and tragedies he experienced along the way, with newly found courage and stamina, he survived the war against a ferocious enemy and all the accompanying dangers of the tropical jungle.There is no doubt, this splendid volume provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the training our troops undertook in India and the subsequent lead up to battles that resulted in a member of his battalion earning a much deserved Victoria Cross.The author is very modest in his approach to this story, however having listened to the similarities to my own Father's experiences as a Chindit, I this volume accurately sums up what it was really like for our troops in this theatre of war at that crucial time in history.I am sure this will provide the reader with a most enjoyable read. It will also be invaluable to anyone researching the Burma Campaign especially the 4th/8th Gurkha Rifles at that time.

  • By martin gloyens on 4 March 2015

    A must for Burma fans - what remarkable people the Ghurkas' are


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