Author(s): William Slim
Field Marshal Viscount Slim (1891-1970) led shattered British forces from Burma to India in one of the lesser-known but more nightmarish retreats of World War II. He then restored his army's fighting capabilities and morale with virtually no support from home and counterattacked. His army's slaughter of Japanese troops ultimately liberated India and Burma. The first edition of Defeat Into Victory , published in 1956, was an immediate sensation selling 20,000 copies within a few days. This is an updated version with a new introduction by David W. Hogan Jr.
CONTENTS BOOK I Defeat Chapter Page I INTO BURMA 3 H FIRST IMPRESSIONS 23 III A CHAPTER OF MISFORTUNES 41 IV DISASTER 60 V EVACUATION $9 VI AFTERMATH III CONTENTS BOOK V The Decisive Battle Chapter Page XVII APPROACH TO THE IRRAWADDY 373 XVlll CROSSING THE IRRAWADDY 407 XIX THE VITAL THRUST 435 XX THE BATTLE OF THE IRRAWADDY SHORE 458 BOOK VI Victory XXI THE RACE TO RANGOON 4'79 XXII THE LAST BATTLE 508 XXIII AFTERTHOUGHTS 535 INDEX 553 BOOK II Forging the Weapon VII THE THREE VAS I2$ VIII THE FIRST ARAKAN CAMPAIGN 147 IX THE FOUNDATIONS I6$ BOOK III The Weapon is Tested X THE BEST-LAID PLANS 199 XI PATTERN FOR VICTORY 223 XII THE NORTHERN FRONT 24$ BOOK IV The Tide Turns XIll HOW IT WAS PLANNED 2$f )[IV HOW IT HAPPENED 296 XV ATTRITION 315 XVI PURSUIT 347