The longest campaign of the Second World War played out in Asia, lasting from 1941 to 1945. After suffering initial defeats at the hands of the Japanese, the British and Indian Armies were forced to regroup and reform to turn the tide of the war. The impact was profound, reshaping the map of the region with the subsequent independence of India.
Join bestselling historian Robert Lyman, in conversation with James Holland, as he offers an exclusive insight into his forthcoming book, A War of Empires. He will explore how vital this hard-fought campaign was to securing Allied victory in the East, while also assessing the significant contributions made by the Indian Army during the conflict.
About the speakers
Robert Lyman is widely regarded as one of Britain’s most talented military historians, with 15 bestselling works of history published to date. His numerous appearances on television include the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are and a range of documentaries. He was the military consultant to the BBC for the Victory over Japan memorial celebrations in the UK in 2015, and again for the 70th anniversary in 2020.
Lyman spent 20 years in the British Army and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. In 2010, he helped General Sir Richard Dannatt write his autobiography, Leading from the Front.
James Holland is a historian, writer and broadcaster. The author of a number of bestselling histories, including Battle of Britain, Dam Busters, Normandy ’44 and – most recently – Sicily ’43, he has also written nine works of historical fiction, including the Jack Tanner novels. He is currently writing an acclaimed three-volume history of the Second World War, The War in the West.
Holland has presented and written a large number of television programmes and series for the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, and the History and Discovery channels. He is co-founder of the Chalke Valley History Festival and of WarGen.org, an online Second World War resource site. He also presents We Have Ways of Making You Talk, a podcast with Al Murray in which they discuss the Second World War.