Historian Philip Davies is supporting the Forgotten Allies
We were privileged to cross paths with author and historian Philip Davies several times during the making of Forgotten Allies over the last two years. Philip has done more than most to ensure that incredible stories of this often forgotten campaign remain in the public consciousness. Philip has had a long and successful career as a heritage and planning consultant, culminating in his role as Planning & Development Director at Historic England, and has written a number of books on the architectural and topographical history of India and London.
Philip's enduring passion for history compelled him to research and write Lost Warriors: Seagrim & Pagani of Burma - the last great untold story of WW2. It's a highly valued contribution to scholarship on the campaign, shedding new light on a little-reported chapter of the conflict, through the lives of two remarkable men.
When we told Philip about the Forgotten Allies project, he had this to say:
"The Second World War casts long shadow - not least in Burma (Myanmar) where its legacy is still very evident, as its diverse peoples search for an inclusive sense of national identity. During the war many of the hill tribes, like the Karens, remained intensely loyal to the British.They stood shoulder to shoulder with the Allies in the face of unimaginable suffering at the hands of the Japanese, and played a crucial role in the final victory. At the end of the war, they felt a huge sense of betrayal as the British washed their hands of them and they were delivered into the hands of a dictatorial administration.
As Burma disappeared behind a bamboo curtain, the surviving veterans were forgotten and persecuted - forgotten allies in a forgotten conflict in a forgotten land. Grammar Productions are to be applauded for shining a light on this human tragedy, and also on the work of that great British charity, Help4ForgottenAllies, which has done so much to provide aid and assistance to these noble veterans, who have been consigned to lives of abject poverty - forgotten and persecuted in the twilight of their lives.”
If you would like to learn more about how you can support the Forgotten Allies project, click here.