Considered too controversial for its time, Burma Invaded was originally banned from publication. The veil of secrecy is finally lifted to reveal what Major C.M. Enriquez witnessed in those terrible days when Burma, unaided, resisted the armed might of Japan for five bitter months.
Major Enriquez diligently documented the bombings, the fires, the train wrecks, the rapid decline of troop morale, and the suffering of a dazed and frightened population. The growing stream of refugees swelled to include retreating government officials, soldiers, officers and generals of both the British and Chinese armies. The flood of humanity was intent on one thing only-to reach India before the enemy caught up with it.
The Major was a well-known writer of many books and two novels about Khyberie, the Mountain Pony. He was called out of retirement in 1942 to serve as Assistant Commandant in the Mandalay Military Police. His detailed account of the invasion of Burma gives a unique perspective of the Japanese offensive and is a crucial addition to the historical literature of wartime Burma.