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The Scorpion Trap- Harold James-Used


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Title: The Scorpion Trap

Author(s): Harold James
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The Scorpion Trap
Like a latter-day Kipling, his keen insight into other men's lives and minds illuminates each event with vivid detail. --Joanna Lumley'... The Scorpion Trap offers a detailed account of one of the lesser known fronts... a brilliant insight into the relationships formed, and unfortunately sometimes lost, in the heart of battle... a tribute to the gallantry, courage and determination of the Gurkha soldiers...' --The Kathmandu Post, March 26 2011I find it of such great comfort to read a novel like Harold James's The Scorpion Trap (Janus). It s a brilliant fictionalised account by a former Gurkha officer of those hideous and terrifying early stages of the war when implacable Japanese overran our colonies. On the Burma retreat alone, our forces lost around 13,000 killed, wounded or missing. But 30,000 of them made it, after a three-and-a-half-month, 1,000-mile retreat to the Indian border still carrying their arms, still keeping their ranks, still with their dignity intact. Harold James, the author, wasn't involved in the Burma retreat. But as a 19-year-old officer on Wingate's First Chindit Expedition he could easily identify with those who were. In one of the book's many memorable scenes, the hero s company of Gurkhas are trapped the wrong side of the Sittang river after the bridge has been prematurely blown by sappers. None of his Gurkhas can swim but he s not going to leave them behind. He swims to the far side and eventually, miraculously, finds the only boat that hasn t been destroyed and returns to rescue his men. Something just like this happened to James, behind enemy lines at the Irrawaddy. I'd recommend the book hugely to military buffs. Not since John Masters has anyone described so beautifully the relationship of trust and affection between a Gurkha officer and his men. Even more impressive is his ability to think his way into the heads of those at a higher level of command. You feel what it is like to be a battalion commander, casting a paternal eye over your stripling majors, captains and lieutenants; and how it is to be a lieutenant general like Sir Harold Alexander, torn between obeying your orders to hold Rangoon at all costs and your knowledge that the situation is hopeless and the sooner you get your men out, the fewer you ll lose. What I find, though, as I get older is that I'm less interested in war books for their pornographic military details and more for what they tell us about life and the human condition in extremis. The scene which touched a chord more than any of the combat sequences was a lightly done one involving expatriates who can t quite believe that their glorious colonial existence is about to end forever. --James Delingpole, The Spectator 1.October 2011

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