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Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten Army

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In December 1941 the Japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land campaign of the Second World War had begun. 100,000 African soldiers were taken from Britain’s colonies to fight the Japanese in the Burmese jungles. They performed heroically in one of the most brutal theatres of war, yet their contribution has been largely ignored.

Isaac Fadoyebo was one of
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2014 by Oneworld Publications
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Stephen Hayes
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It doesn't look like much from the description. It's the story of an old soldier from the Second World War. So many books have been written about the Second World War -- do we need another one, written so long afterwards? The protagonist of this story was not a famous general, or a fighter pilot ace, just an ordinary private from a West African Regiment. Yet I found it a profoundly moving and illuminating story.

Isaac Fadoyebo was born in a small town in Western Nigeria. He was recruited by the
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John Allgood
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really three stories. The first covers one African's experience in Burma during World War II. It's a frightening tale of survival behind enemy lines and the kindness of complete strangers. The second story is the aftermath of World War II in both Burma and Nigeria. The third and final story is how the author became involved in the initial tale and his efforts to tie it all together. If you want a thorough examination of the African units of the British Empire, you won't get it; you ...more
Brian
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An uneven treatment of multiple subjects by a journalist who wants to milk a series of semi-related stories into a book. The background chapters on Nigeria and Burma are well-researched, but lacking in originality. The best parts of the book are the recounting of the introduction of the Nigerian soldiers to the South Asian war. Personal anecdotes are an important part, but the recounting drags a bit and becomes repetitive. The post-War story is also well written, but the ending chapters on the ...more
Keith
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well researched look into history that should be taught better. The sacrifices made by Colonial Troops are often overlooked in comparison to their rulers own Soldiers. Isaac Fadoyebo's story is as inspiring as it is heartbreaking. The post war history about Nigeria and Burma (Myanmar) was very interesting. Though not really a pure academic book, if you enjoy history it's definitely worth giving it a read.
Gill
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a story !!! Pity the narrative is slightly prosaic.
Jenny Pugh
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I entered this giveaway on behalf of my husband Michael, and I was lucky enough to win. The below review has come from Michael:

I, like so many people in Britain, know very little (if anything at all) about the situations of Burma/Myanmar and Nigeria in the second world war and post-war period. This book certainly goes some way to begin filling in those gaps in knowledge. Quite some time ago, I had gotten to a stage where watching
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Mandy
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Barnaby Phillips’ meticulously researched and well-documented account of the largely forgotten African soldiers who were recruited by the British Army to fight the Japanese in Burma during the Second World War is successful on so many levels. At its heart is the true story of Isaac Fadoyebo who at 16 became a “Burma Boy” and only just survived to return to his native Nigeria and tell his story. Severely wounded he was taken in by a family deep in the jungle and cared for, at much risk to their ...more
Adrian
The saga of the West African men who fought in WWII for the British army against the Japanese in Burma. They came from Gabon, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and other countries. Phillips' story focuses on Isaac Fadeyebo, a Nigerian who was part of the 81st who battled their way up the Kaladan River in early 1944. Fadeyebo's unit was attacked and he was shot twice and suffered a compound fracture of his tibia. Somehow with the help of a fellow soldier David Kagebo and Burmese villagers he survived in the ...more
susan murray
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Won from goodreads
It's about the west Africans who seem to be forgotten fighting in Burma in WWII and its based on one young man who joins and has his eyes opened to the world . The friendships and struggles he and others endure also the kindness of others that helped to keep him alive. Lastly about what happened to him after the war and how the author got involved.
Really good read if interested in history learnt a fair bit about the west Africans in the war and how hard it was for them .
Bigpoison
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Somehow, Mr. Phillips manages to turn a 20 page story into a full length novel.

The subtitle is very misleading. It should be something along the lines of: a brief, myopic overview of Britain's involvement in the Indus during the waning days of WWII.
Lee-Ann Sleegers
My copy of this book was received for Free from Goodreads and the author Barnaby Phillips.

The book was very well written and provided a lot of information that I never knew. Had a hard time putting it down.
Gord Burtch
A decent read, if only for the historical perspective and insights it provides on aspects of WW2 that don't typically receive attention in mainstream accounts of the conflict (West African soldiers under British command in Southeast Asia).
Ashley
Sep 30, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have received this book from goodreads giveaways. I will finish this review when I finish the book! Thank you for the opportunity to read this!
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Barnaby Phillips is Director of Communications for the Elephant Protection Initiative, (EPI) working to secure a sustainable future for Africa's elephants. Previously, he was a journalist for 27 years, with the BBC and then Al Jazeera English His 2011 documentary Burma Boy won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. Phillips grew up in Kenya and now lives in London. 'Another Man's War' is his ...more