Air movement order - Burma 1945

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Air movement order - Burma 1945

This air movement order authorised my father's evacuation in 1945 from Burma. He'd fought with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers in the "forgotten war". Suffering from dysentery he was rescued by an uncle in the Indian army who proposed him for officer selection. This flimsy piece of paper has sentimental meaning for me although like many of his generation he spoke little of his war. I also value it for its historical associations. It reminds me of the scale and horror of the war, which we never had to bear. The extent of the British Empire, even one generation ago. The beautiful sad and oppressed country of Burma which I visited in 1983. The way in which ordinary people - my father was a lorry driver - were swept up in great events, living more exciting and often meaningful lives than my generation, with all our advantages. In India he was commissioned into the Royal Indian Army Service Corps and trained officer cadets in Kakul in what is now Pakistan. I have a photo of him in 1946 - still desperately thin - surrounded by cadets with names and dress suggesting they'd soon be dispersed into the two armies of the sub-continent post-independence. Another object, another story.

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Myitche, Burma


April 1945


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