On the Irrawaddy, A Story of the First Burmese War


Read by Mike Harris

(4.7 stars; 70 reviews)

With the exception of the terrible retreat from Afghanistan, none of England's many little wars have been so fatal--in proportion to the number of those engaged--as our first expedition to Burma. It was undertaken without any due comprehension of the difficulties to be encountered, from the effects of climate and the deficiency of transport; the power, and still more the obstinacy and arrogance of the court of Ava were altogether underrated; and it was considered that our possession of her ports would assuredly bring the enemy, who had wantonly forced the struggle upon us, to submission. Events, however, proved the completeness of the error. The Burman policy of carrying off every boat on the river, laying waste the whole country, and driving away the inhabitants and the herds, maintained our army as prisoners in Rangoon through the first wet season; and caused the loss of half the white officers and men first sent there. The subsequent campaign was no less fatal and, although large reinforcements had been sent, fifty percent of the whole died; so that less than two thousand fighting men remained in the ranks, when the expedition arrived within a short distance of Ava. Not until the last Burmese army had been scattered did the court of Ava submit to the by no means onerous terms we imposed.

(8 hr 47 min)

Chapters

00 - Preface 2:49 Read by Mike Harris
01 - A New Career 30:27 Read by Mike Harris
02 - The Outbreak of War 29:16 Read by Mike Harris
03 - A Prisoner 30:35 Read by Mike Harris
04 - A Ruined Temple 29:07 Read by Mike Harris
05 - With Brigands 29:15 Read by Mike Harris
06 - Among Friends 28:40 Read by Mike Harris
07 - On The Staff 28:33 Read by Mike Harris
08 - The Pagoda 28:41 Read by Mike Harris
09 - Victories 29:37 Read by Mike Harris
10 - The Advance 30:19 Read by Mike Harris
11 - Donabew 29:12 Read by Mike Harris
12 - Harry Carried Off 28:44 Read by Mike Harris
13 - Preparing a Rescue 28:40 Read by Mike Harris
14 - In The Temple 29:22 Read by Mike Harris
15 - The Attack 30:16 Read by Mike Harris
16 - Rejoining 30:20 Read by Mike Harris
17 - The Pride of Burma Humbled 30:19 Read by Mike Harris
18 - In Business Again 22:48 Read by Mike Harris

Reviews

informative

(5 stars)

Mike Harris was born to read Henty.

One of my favotite G.A. Henty books!

(5 stars)

Great book!

Loved it

(5 stars)

So very well Read. I enjoy all the history of the British campaign and all the hardships the British army had to go through. Fantastic book.

(5 stars)

one of my favorite Henty books. this reading is one of the best on librivox too!

(5 stars)

Excellent Book Special thanks to Mike Harris for an excellent reading

(5 stars)

This is an Excellent Book . Special Thanks to the reader

The US$52 Billion War Destroying the Last South Asia Superpower.

(5 stars)

Northern Myanmar has some of the most incredible ancient cities and archeological sites in the world. I gained access there in the early 1980s, when limited entry was just-then becoming allowed. Rangoon was (is) a city that “stopped” as an 1900 time capsule of English architecture fallen to widespread disrepair. I traveled up the Irrawaddy from Rangoon to Pagan and Mandalay; subsisting often on boiled potatoes, carrots and water buffalo. The military regime is now inaccurately "restoring" Pagan into a tourist destination.