Defeat Into Victory

William Slim
Introduced by Sir Max Hastings

An unforgettable account of the ‘Forgotten War’ in Burma, written by the British general who transformed catastrophic defeat into resounding victory.

Morale is a state of mind. It is that intangible force which will move a whole group of men to give their last ounce to achieve something, without counting the cost to themselves.

This is Field Marshal William Slim’s dramatic first-hand account of his decisive command during the Burmese campaign of 1942–45.

Its monumental narrative takes us inside Slim's mind as he oversees the British Army’s desperate 900-mile retreat into India following the Japanese invasion; rallies his troops for the last-ditch battles of Imphal and Kohima, the ‘Stalingrad of the East’; and leads them on the triumphant race to recapture Rangoon. With wry humour, and a heavy dose of self-criticism, Slim recalls how he took an army shattered by defeat and patiently rebuilt its morale, restored its health, and turned it into a fighting force capable of inflicting the greatest land defeat ever sustained by the Japanese army.

Bound in blocked cloth with a blocked spine label

Set in Adobe Garamond Pro

616 pages

Frontispiece and 40 pages of black & white plates

21 maps

Pictorial slipcase

10˝ x 6¾˝

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