Slim, General William


Slim, General William
   (1891-1970)
   One of the ablest generals of World War II. He commanded Allied troops in Burma during the Japanese invasion of December 1941-June 1942 and presided over their retreat, largely intact, to northeastern India. He recognized the importance of air support for ground operations and backed Brigadier Orde Wingate's Chindit operations in 1943-1944. Slim repulsed the Japanese Imphal Campaign in March-June 1944 and, as commander of the million-man-strong XIVth Army, retook Burma from the Japanese in 1945. His use of deceptive tactics in the capture of Meiktila and Mandalay in February-March was highly successful, and the Allied offensive against the Japanese in central Burma turned into a rout. During a meeting with Aung San in May 1945, he gained the latter's cooperation for joint operations against the retreating Japanese forces, although he also warned him that he and his officers might be punished for collaborating with the Japanese.

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