LOUIS MOUNTBATTEN pronounced William Slim “the finest general the Second World War produced.”1 His army in Burma comprised British, Gurkha, LORD Burmese, African, and at times American and Chinese troops. He welded this mixture of nationalities into an effective fighting force, and coordinated its operations with British and American air forces. His memoirs (quoted below) contain a wealth of good advice.
The future Field Marshal Viscount Slim saw action as a lieutenant in 1915 in the Gallipoli campaign. He fought at Cape Helles and Sari Bair, attacking up steep hills and surviving in trenches hacked in solid rock in oppressive heat. His battalion had 414 casualties; Slim took a bullet that barely missed his ...