The Army History Forgot

When Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945, Philip Malins, an officer in the Indian army, was still fighting the Japanese. “We were still getting killed and prisoners of war were still dying,” he told me in a voice choking with anger. “So when people, including the Government, want more or less to suggest the war was finished before 15 August, we will not have that. We will not have that.”

When Germany surrendered on 8 May 1945, Philip Malins, an officer in the Indian army, was still fighting the Japanese. “We were still getting killed and prisoners of war were still dying,” he told me in a voice choking with anger. “So when people, including the Government, want more or less to suggest the war was finished before 15 August, we will not have that. We will not have that.”

But then Field Marshal Viscount Slim’s 14th Army, which turned the tide against the Japanese army in Burma, called themselves the Forgotten Army, so perhaps it’s not surprising that most of us appear to have forgotten them and the war in the East they fought.

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