Forgotten Frontier

The civilian evacuation of Burma in 1942, owned and signed by someone who was there and mentioning G D L Millar


Geoffrey Tyson


W H Targett, Calcutta, 1945
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Printing Details

First edition, hardback bound in the original green cloth with printed titling to spine. 22 × 14cm, 146pp + folding map.

Inscribed by a participant in the events of the book. They have written "Presented to Violet [referring to another handwritten name on the same page] by me. See page 97 Millar went from my bungalow taking my naga premi ?? with him. Francis". And opposing page 97 is a photograph of G D L Millar (Guy) and porters. Millar was a tea planter for the Kacharigaon Tea Co and paved the way for a party of 150 Europeans, Burmese and Kachin officials and civilians to escape the advancing Japanese army in Upper Burma in 1942.

The Forgotten Frontier is the story of the part played by the Tea Planters of North-Eastern India in the civilian evacuation of Burma in the Spring and Summer of 1942. In the van of advancing Japanese armies, several hundred thousand refugees made their way from Burma to India – mainly across the wild and inaccessible mountain passes of the Assam-Burma border. Little known to the outside world at the time, or since, the movement was one of the great pilgrimages of history. An evacuation of this magnitude, carried out amidst the swirling tide of battle, could hardly fail to acquire at least some of the elements of drama and Mr. Tyson’s story has recaptured much of the excitement, the hasty improvisation, the squalor, the tragedy and the heroism of the stirring days of three years ago, in which the tea planters of Assam and Bengal found themselves engaged on one of the strangest missions of mercy that can ever have been assigned to a civilian organisation in time of war.

The book is illustrated with black & white photographs.


Good readable condition, but with some overall fading and bending to the boards (not very severe). The inner binding is sound and all maps and illustrations are present.


Please note: Due to the recent price rise from USPS, we will be putting our postage rates to USA up for which we apologise but have no choice.



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