By Robert Lyman
Osprey Command sequence #17
'Bill' slender was once one of many maximum British generals of worldwide battle II. In a profession that stretched from 1914 until eventually 1958 invoice Slim's maximum triumphs got here in India and Burma within the lengthy conflict opposed to the japanese among 1944 and 1945. This new Command name will hide either expeditions largely. It additionally explores the legacy of a basic that point frequently forgets. His luck in rebuilding the morale and self-confidence of a defeated military continues to be on the middle of ways the British military maintains to coach its infantrymen at the present time. He used to be no theoretical soldier, yet in his demonstration of the rules of what's at the present time referred to as 'manoeuvre warfare' he's considered as one of many best commanders of the trendy age and this ebook may help illustrate why.
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The 19th Indian Division had reached the Shwebo area by 5 January, established bridgeheads over the Irrawaddy and began to advance southwards on the east bank of the river towards Mandalay. Slim’s plan was bold. Surprise and secrecy were essential. But it also depended entirely on his ability to supply his armoured spearheads as they penetrated deep into Japanese-held territory. Some idea of the distances that had to be covered can be envisaged when one considers that the distance between Imphal and Rangoon represents a comparable distance between London and Marseilles: Burma’s 240,000 square miles (620,000 square kilometres) could easily fill both France and Belgium.
The river port of Myingyan on the Chindwin was captured after a fierce fight, and its rapid commissioning as a working port substantially reduced the pressure on Messervy’s land line of communication. Before long it was receiving 200 tons of desperately needed supplies every day. Slim’s relief at the securing of the Meiktila battlefield was palpable, and he gave thanks where it was due. He was in no doubt that the success first in seizing Meiktila, then in holding the town against increasingly frantic Japanese counterattacks, secured the success of Operation Extended Capital.
This vision was Slim’s alone. It is difficult not to conclude that Slim succeeded in weaving his own strategic ambitions into the limited orders he received from Mountbatten and that as the months went by he allowed the momentum of successful Fourteenth Army operations to apply their own post facto legitimacy to plans that were his own rather than those of his superiors. It seems clear that his immediate superiors, as well as the Chiefs of Staff, accepted Slim’s successive faits accomplis not just because they worked, but because they themselves had nothing to offer as alternatives.
Bill Slim: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History by Robert Lyman