End Game Burma 1945
Slim's Masterstroke at Meiktila
Imprint: Pen and Sword Military
170 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 32 mono illustrations
- September 2022
- In Stock
- July 2010
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
With the Japanese withdrawing, Slims 14 Army (with two Corps XXXIII and IV) risked a punishing crossing of the mighty Irrawaddy at Mandalay opposed by the main Japanese army. To avoid this is was decided to split 14 Army and send IV Corps on an arduous 300 mile march to seize the town of Meiktila, 85 miles south, a vital rail and road hub and the main Japanese administrative base.
Complete secrecy was essential as if the Japanese realized they faced only one Corps rather than two, they might have counter attacked successfully.
In this detailed analysis of this crucial maneuver the author describes the plan, the risks, the actions, the seemingly insuperable logistic problems, and the efforts to retain US air support (for which Mountbatten was largely responsible).