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Following the Japanese invasion of Burma in early 1942, the battle to retake Britain’s former colony would become one of the longest and most brutal campaigns of the war. But taking place thousands of miles from home, the struggles and sacrifices of those from across the Commonwealth who fought in Burma are often overlooked in Britain’s national memory of the war years. Join four of Britain’s leading historians on the campaign for an in-depth discussion on why this forgotten chapter in WW2 deserves to be better remembered.

Hatchards are delighted to be hosting a panel discussion with the following speakers:

James Holland is a historian and best-selling author specialising on WW2, including his recent book ‘BURMA ’44’. He is the co-founder and programme director of the hugely successful Chalke Valley History Festival held every summer in Wiltshire.

Dr Yasmin Khan is a historian and lecturer in British History at the University of Oxford, and author of ‘THE RAJ AT WAR: A People’s History of India’s Second World War’.

Dr Richard Duckett is a historian and author of ‘THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE (SOE) IN BURMA’ and the pioneering researcher behind the first online ‘Roll of Honour’ for SOE operatives in Burma.

Robert Lyman FRHistS is a British military historian and author, with two critically acclaimed books on WW2 Burma: ‘SLIM, MASTER OF WAR’ and ‘AMONG THE HEADHUNTERS’.

The discussion will be chaired by award-winning historical filmmaker, Alex  Bescoby.