Launch of Japan’s Last Bid for Victory: The Invasion of India, 1944

The launch of Japan’s Last Bid for Victory was held at the Army and Navy Club in November 2011, amongst 80 veterans of the battles for Kohima and Imphal between March and August 1944.

Viscount Slim OBE was guest of honour.

Viscount Slim gave a stirring speech at the launch of Robert Lyman’s new book, Japan’s Last Bid For Victory.

The book, about the Japanese invasion of India in 1944, is the first to be published under Pen and Sword Books’ new academic imprint, Praetorian Press, and has been described by author and journalist Fergal Keane as a ‘triumph’.

The launch event was held at the Army and Navy Club and was well attended by several veterans of the conflict and their families.

Robert Lyman’s deep knowledge and understanding of the war in Burma, and the great battles at Kohima and Imphal in 1944, are well known.

In this book he uses original documents, published works and personal accounts to weave together an enthralling account of some of the bitterest fighting of the Second World War.

Robert Lyman has produced what is arguably the most balanced history of the battles that were pivotal in ending the Japanese empire.

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