Heroism and tragedy are always intertwined with war, and the conflict that British forces fought against the Japanese in the Far East is no different. Whether it be the tragedy of the fall of Singapore or the heroic resistance by British and Indian forces at the Battle of Kohima (often referred to as ‘the Stalingrad of the East’), the British war effort in the Far East makes for fascinating reading, and in the eyes of many, doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. With this in mind, please take a look at the books listed below and discover more about this fascinating theatre of the Second World War.
In Chapter Four of our book, From Orphan to High-Flyer, Denis talks about how a story went around Kumalo, the airfield he was at in Southern Rhodesia when learning to fly the Airspeed Oxford, about two cadets who were both stationed at Kulamo and, while on a navigation exercise, force-landing on a salt flat in Bechuanaland and were subsequently murdered by Bushmen. The Kalahari Killings tells the story of the two cadets, their tragic murders and the events that followed. It’s author, Jonathan Laverick, kindly explained to Denis and I the truth regarding their horrific deaths. With all this in mind, The Kalahari Killings has also been included in this list.
159 squadron (the squadron that Denis served in) is also the topic of two of the books below, ‘B-24 Bridge Busters’ and ‘RAF Liberators over Burma’.