Alan Judd

Out of hot water

Andrew Boyd explains how crucial — and overlooked — the Royal Navy’s protection of the Indian Ocean was to Allied success

During and after the second world war the Fourteenth Army in Burma became famous as the Forgotten Army, almost as famous for being forgotten as for its great victory. More truly forgotten, however, despite its great strategic achievement in keeping open the lifelines to the eastern empire, is the role of the Royal Navy in those warm and contested eastern waters.

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