Defeat into Victory, Paperback Book
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Field Marshal William Slim stands alongside Montgomery as the outstanding British field commander of World War II. "Defeat Into Victory" is his classic account of the Burma campaign: a story of retreat, attrition and final hard-fought victory over the Japanese.

Told by a commander always at the centre of events, this is a narrative which captures both the high drama and the harsh reality of war.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 594 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Asian history
  • ISBN: 9780330509978

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Not only the best memoir from a British commander of WWII, but also one of the best leadership books. Slim's self awareness is apprent on every page; he makes no attempt to hide his errors and refuses to take more than his share of credit. This is not false modesty, his actions and the effect they had on the 14th Army speak for themselves: he always put his men first and it is they that he credits with forging victory.

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