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The Special Operations Executive in Burma, 1941-1945

Oriental Mission / GSI(K) / Force 136

SOE & the Decolonisation of Burma

Paper given at a Decolonisation Workshop convened by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 10 March 2017. http://commonwealth.sas.ac.uk/events/event/6749   Twitter: @ICwS_SAS ‘The Special Operations Executive and the Decolonisation of Burma, 1944-1950’ On 18 August 1950, the Communist newspaper Izvestiya published a... Continue Reading →

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Special Operations, Special Consequences?

  Professor Richard Aldrich wrote: ‘During 1948 and 1949, in Malaya and Burma, the painful aftermath of guerrilla tactics employed against the Japanese became all too apparent [...]. Wars of insurgency were easy for secret services to ignite, but now... Continue Reading →

Paucity of Military Historians in University Departments

Yesterday (26/11/16), the keynote speaker at the BCMH New Research in Military History Conference, Professor Charles Esdaile, reflected upon the career of a military historian.  Here is a sample of the conversation he provoked on Twitter: Catherine Fletcher ‏@cath_fletcher Nov 26... Continue Reading →

Recruiting the ‘Natives’

Paper presented at the Institute of Historical Research, at the 7th conference for New Research in Military History.  Convened by Dr. Matthew Ford @warmatters (University of Sussex) and Dr. Stuart Mitchell @SBMitchell (Royal Military Academy Sandhurst), with support from the... Continue Reading →

1940-1942: THE FULCRUM OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY? BURMA 1942: SOE’S ROLE IN ‘DEFEAT INTO VICTORY’

Below is the blog post related to a lecture entitled Burma 1942: SOE's Role in 'Defeat into Victory' that I gave at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC) in June 2016. Have a look at the programme reproduced after my... Continue Reading →

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