By Barnaby Phillips
In December 1941 the japanese invaded Burma. For the British, the longest land crusade of the second one international warfare 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 struggle, 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 was once attacked and left for useless within the jungle by way of the japanese. Sheltered via brave neighborhood rice farmers, Isaac spent 9 months in hiding sooner than his eventual rescue. He back to Nigeria a hero, yet his tale used to be quickly forgotten. Barnaby Phillips travelled to Nigeria and Burma looking for Isaac, the relatives who kept his lifestyles, and the legacy of an Empire. one other Man’s struggle is Isaac’s tale.
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65 For the first time since he had stood at his mother’s grave, he says, he broke down and wept. ” Like millions of his fellow countrymen then and forever after, he could not accept the blunt and shattering fact that Germany had been defeated on the battlefield and had lost the war. Like millions of other Germans, too, Hitler had been a brave and courageous soldier. Later he would be accused by some political opponents of having been a coward in combat, but it must be said, in fairness, that there is no shred of evidence in his record for such a charge.
Only later did Germany’s great war hero subscribe to the myth. ’ ”∗ In point of fact, the civilian government headed by Prince Max of Baden, which had not been told of the worsening military situation by the High Command until the end of September, held out for several weeks against Ludendorffs demand for an armistice. One had to live in Germany between the wars to realize how widespread was the acceptance of this incredible legend by the German people. The facts which exposed its deceit lay all around.
His regiment was in the thick of the fighting during the last all-out German offensive in the spring and summer of 1918. On the night of October 13 he was caught in a heavy British gas attack on a hill south of Werwick during the last Battle of Ypres. ”I stumbled back with burning eyes,” he relates, ”taking with me my last report of the war. ”66 He was twice decorated for bravery. In December 1914 he was awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class, and in August 1918 he received the Iron Cross, First Class, which was rarely given to a common soldier in the old Imperial Army.
Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten Army by Barnaby Phillips