WEFOUNDThe Burma Road The Epic Story of the China-Burma-India Theater in World War II

From: The Journal of Military History
Volume 68, Number 3, July 2004
pp. 997-999 | 10.1353/jmh.2004.0159

Webster's retelling of events is lucid and frequently riveting. Memorable among these is the battle of Nhpum Gam, a thirteen-day siege by more than eight hundred Japanese marines of a Merrill's Marauders battalion. Surrounded atop an exposed hill, short of almost everything except courage and disease, the Marauders slaughtered enemy at all ranges under appalling conditions marked by the overwhelming stench of dead animals and humans decomposing in the jungle heat. In the midst of this horror the Raiders received and consumed an airdrop of fried chicken.

• Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, "a leader more interested in American lend-lease goods than American partnership" (p. 30) who was protected by President Roosevelt's determination to keep him at hand for a land-based invasion of Japan while that strategy was in play. Chiang detested Stillwell, who referred to him as the "Peanut" (p. 77), and finally leveraged Stillwell's removal.