• A War of Empires

  • Japan, India, Burma & Britain: 1941-45
  • By: Robert Lyman
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Asia
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents A War of Empires by Robert Lyman, read by Roger May.

In 1941 and 1942 the British and Indian armies were brutally defeated and Japan reigned supreme in its newly conquered territories throughout Asia. But change was coming. New commanders were appointed, significant training together with restructuring took place and new tactics were developed. A War of Empires by acclaimed historian Robert Lyman expertly retells these coordinated efforts and describes how a new volunteer Indian Army, rising from the ashes of defeat, would ferociously fight to turn the tide of war.

But victory did not come immediately. It wasn’t until March 1944, when the Japanese staged their famed ‘March on Delhi’, that the years of rebuilding reaped their reward and after bitter fighting, the Japanese were finally defeated at Kohima and Imphal. This was followed by a series of extraordinary victories culminating in Mandalay in May 1945 and the collapse of all Japanese forces in Burma. The Indian army’s contribution has been consistently forgotten and ignored by many Western historians, Robert Lyman proves how vital this hard-fought campaign was in securing Allied victory in the east, defeating Japanese militarism and ultimately redrawing the map of the region with an independent India, free from the shackles of empire, all but guaranteed.

©2021 Robert Lyman (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Every so often new work emerges that dramatically changes how we view key aspects of the war, and A War of Empires does just that. Written with meticulous scholarship and from a deep and profound knowledge of the subject matter, it is full of wisdom, sound judgement and with a convincing and refreshing central thesis. Robert Lyman has unquestionably become the foremost scholar of the War in the Far East." (James Holland, best-selling author and broadcaster)

"Rob Lyman has crafted a masterful analysis of the clash between two proud empires. A compelling read." (General the Lord Dannatt, GCB, CBE, MC, DL)

"A fine, comprehensive and much-needed reappraisal of the pivotal Burma campaign in World War II. Exhaustively researched and engagingly written, it tells this dramatic story from the perspective of all the major combatants." (Professor Saul David, historian, novelist and broadcaster)

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