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The Special Operations Executive in Burma 1941-1945

Secret Agents & Guerrilla Armies in the Second World War

SOE / SIS Cooperation

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Much has often made of the fractious relationship between the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS,) and the Special... Continue Reading →

Operation Heavy: Burma 1944-45

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Map Credit The two SOE operations in Burma which have had the most exposure are Operation Character... Continue Reading →

Commitments: SOE Burma & Far East

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 This post is purely about data.  The aim is simply to show the extent of the SOE... Continue Reading →

Working with Slim: Force 136 & XIV Army, 1945

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 General Slim & Lt.Col. Cumming At the end of December 1944, as XIV Army were poised to... Continue Reading →

Logistics: Supplying SOE in Burma

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 A supply drop to Operation Character in 1945 Based upon reports from late 1942 and the early... Continue Reading →

Establishing SOE Para-Naval Organisation: Part 1

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 HMS Scarab, from 'The Navy's Most Important Ship' This post is specially for K.T. Lwin, ex Burma... Continue Reading →

VJ Day in Burma: ‘I don’t believe the Japanese Army has surrendered.’

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 The Japanese Emperor, Hirohito, made his first radio broadcast in the afternoon of  15 August 1945.  In... Continue Reading →

Anglo-American Relations: Early SOE & OSS Relations in India and Burma

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Anglo-American war-time relations in the Far East, and particularly in Burma, are often characterised as being fractious. ... Continue Reading →

SOE & the Chindits: ‘stormy’ relations

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 As anyone with an interest in the Chindits will tell you, there was no such column as... Continue Reading →

Trouble with China

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Picture Credit: British Library, IOR L/POS/12/2241 At the beginning of the war against Japan, Chiang Kai-Shek was... Continue Reading →

Operation Flimwell: A First Failure in Burma

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 On 19 January 1943, Burma Country Section (BCS) dropped their first team back into occupied Burma.  Two... Continue Reading →

From Policeman to Force 136: Major Eric Battersby

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 The name of Major Eric Battersby permeates SOE's Burma files.  There are numerous documents signed off 'Eric... Continue Reading →

Counter-espionage in Kachin lands, 1944

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6  Map showing Kachin territory. Picture credit Kachin Relief Fund http://kachinrelief.org.uk/kachin.html One of Burma Country Section's (BCS) earliest... Continue Reading →

On War & Loyalty

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Some of the faces of those who fought with Force 136 The predominant narrative for the Burma... Continue Reading →

Historical Breadth versus Historical Accuracy? ‘The Secret War’ & Burma

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 In 2015, Sir Max Hastings published his 'The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas, 1939 - 1945.' ... Continue Reading →

No Betrayal: Lt. Saw Po Hla & Major Seagrim

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 The exploits of Major Hugh 'Stooky' Seagrim in Burma were first shared with the world in Ian... Continue Reading →

‘Quick, shrewd, cunning and resourceful’: A Panther crossing the Chindwin, 1944.

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 December 1944, bridging the Chindwin.  Photo credit: IWM open source, click HERE The following are the comments... Continue Reading →

‘Pandas’: Training Kuomintang Chinese

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 A little while back, I posted the 'The extraordinary Tale of a Chinese Agent in Burma'.  Here... Continue Reading →

‘I’d rather be shot at than blown up’: A Jungle Ambush

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Photo: Production of Mills Grenades, August 1942. Getty Images The following is a report written by 2/Lt.... Continue Reading →

The Burma Gallantry Medal: Havildar La Shi Naw

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Photo credit: Steve Fogden's superb Chindit website The Burma Gallantry Medal (BGM) was established by Royal Warrant on... Continue Reading →

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