Action in the East

Action in the East

Action in the East

Action in the East

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This book is not meant to be a literary creation. I am not an author, as will be apparent to any reader. I am a reporter of sorts, a South African, and I worked in Burma and Malaya for about nine months during the fighting.

Misguided, overoptimistic propaganda in the early days of this war--those days characterized by the unattractive period piece: "We'll hang out our washing on the Siegfried Line--If the Siegfried Line's still there"--that sort of guff was given the official cachet by Ironside and Chamberlain who said Hitler had missed the bus.

It bluffed not the enemy, but ourselves and our friends. . . . Hitler outflanked the Maginot Line.

Then in 1941 the Japanese strutted into the picture, and most of us remembered all we had heard about Britain's mighty naval base at Singapore. So far as the ill-advised, uninspired British propagandists of those days were concerned, there had never before been such an island fortress.

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