By Barnaby Phillips
In December 1941 the japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land crusade of the second one international conflict had all started. 100,000 African infantrymen have been taken from Britain’s colonies to struggle the japanese within the Burmese jungles. They played heroically in a single of the main brutal theatres of battle, but their contribution has been mostly ignored.
Isaac Fadoyebo used to be a type of ‘Burma Boys’. on the age of 16 he ran clear of his Nigerian village to hitch the British military. despatched to Burma, he used to be attacked and left for useless within the jungle by means of the japanese. Sheltered by means of brave neighborhood rice farmers, Isaac spent 9 months in hiding earlier than his eventual rescue. He back to Nigeria a hero, yet his tale was once quickly forgotten. Barnaby Phillips travelled to Nigeria and Burma looking for Isaac, the relatives who stored his lifestyles, and the legacy of an Empire. one other Man’s warfare is Isaac’s tale.
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Extra info for Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten Army
Not that modern industry was confined to Greater London. Nor should we distinguish old and new too clearly. A great example was a famous Manchester firm, the Metropolitan-Vickers company, one of the main electrical-equipment makers (which was controlled by US interests). It made heavy equipment mainly, from gigantic steam turbines to generating sets, electric motors of many sorts, and all the paraphernalia of electricity supply from transformers to rectifiers. It also made electronic equipment, including radar transmission gear.
29 In the 1930s the main suppliers of wheat were Canada, Australia, Argentina and Europe. Roughly half Britain’s meat came from overseas. Beef and lamb came from the River Plate and Australasia; bacon (and eggs) came almost exclusively from continental Europe. The British were the great meat-eaters of Europe, eating 30 per cent more meat per capita than Germans. The kind of meat they ate was very different too. 30 If, as many believed, having a small domestic agricultural sector was an index of modernity, then Britain was easily the most modern large nation in the world.
This difference in journey time was significant in that it put the Empire suppliers at a distinct disadvantage in the case of beef. While all lamb was frozen and was thus very long-lived, chilled beef, far superior to frozen, could not survive the long journey from Australasia. In South America low-quality animals were labelled ‘freezers’ and ‘continentals’, indicating their fate and destination. British companies and the British government invested a great deal of research effort into refrigeration in order to imperialize beef supply.
Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten Army by Barnaby Phillips