Books: The l-Wallah's Story

THE SIEGE (211 pp.)−Arthur Campbell−Macmillan ($3).

In British army lingo of the Far East, "I-Wallah" means intelligence officer. He keeps the books of combat and, as far as possible, tries to make sense of the gruesome gibberish of war.

In Burma in March 1944, the British I-Wallahs were taken by surprise as the Japanese launched 100,000 men across the Chindwin River in what was to be the invasion of India. The 4th Battalion of the Royal West Kent Regiment had been in the Arakan along the India-Burma border, fighting its own war with the Japanese. They had just learned this costly trade and...

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