An informal chat about the speaker's experiences in Burma, in order to give an overall picture of what is going on out there. A brief outline of the campaign to date, then an idea of the general conditions in the campaign, the country, and how the speaker and his regiment lived, etc. Burma as the largest battle ground in Asia. The various troops in Burma. Why the Japanese invaded: as a strategic shield to cover their Asian conquests; to isolate us from China and to stop the last supplies getting through from India to China over the Burma Road; as a spring-board for their attack on India. Countering those three strategies. Details of how the campaign shaped from 1942 to now. How we were supplied, taking into account the geography of Burma. Living in the jungle. Dealing with elephants. The factor of malaria. Some personal impressions of the Japanese, from the personal point of view of the speaker. Japanese fanaticism. The Japanese banzai charge. Personal anecdotes. How the Japanese behave when captured. Stories of the Japanese and the Red Cross.
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