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VJ-50: Burma - Tales from the Map Room


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1944-1945. Early in 1944, Japanese armies surrounded thousands of British and Indian soldiers along the mountainous frontier dividing India from Burma.
At the same time, other allied soldiers flew into remote jungle clearings deep behind enemy lines. All were faced with dangers such as an implacable enemy, the threat of losing one's way in the jungle, oppressive heat, poisonous insects, fevers and monsoon floods. Veterans of the Second World War describe their battle to defeat both the Japanese and the tough terrain of Burma, using the few maps available. Military historian Richard Holmes explores battle sites and follows the mule driver's route down to Mandalay as he recounts the eventual British recapture of the city.
Michael Calvert, a former commander of troops who were trying to stop the Japanese using the Burma railway, recalls how Churchill's words helped them to define their role.


Military historian: Richard Holmes
Interviewee: Michael Calvert
Producer: Julian Stenhouse
Executive producer: Fiona Pitcher

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VJ-50: Burma - Tales from the Map Room

BBC Two England, 15 August 1995 20.30

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