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A War of Empires - a talk by Dr Robert Lyman

A War of Empires - a talk by Dr Robert Lyman


The Kohima Educational Trust is delighted to present this webinar with our trustee, historian and author Dr Robert Lyman, in anticipation of the paperback publication by Osprey Books on 11th May of his latest title A War of Empires.

A War of Empires: Japan, India, Burma & Britain: 1941–45 re-examines the story of the Burma Campaign between 1941–45 and has been heralded as ‘superb’ by James Holland.

In A War of Empires, best-selling author Robert Lyman, draws on over 30 years of groundbreaking research to re-examine the so-called ‘Forgotten War’, revealing it to be a ferocious clash of competing visions of empire, which would irrevocably change the future of both Britain and the Indian subcontinent forever. This is a sweeping saga of the longest and possibly most brutal campaign of World War II.

Copies of the new paperback edition will shortly be available to purchase on our website.

The recording of the talk is now available below:


Our speakers:


Dr Robert Lyman - Military Historian, Author and Trustee of KET

Born in New Zealand in January 1963 and educated in Australia, Robert Lyman was, for twenty years, an officer in the British Army. Educated at Scotch College, Melbourne he was commissioned into the Light Infantry from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in April 1982. In addition to a business career he is an author and military historian, publishing books in particular on the war in the Far East. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Robert is married to Hannah, has two sons, and lives in Berkshire. For information about Robert's publications please visit his website: robertlyman.com


Sylvia May - CEO of The Kohima Educational Trust

Sylvia May was born in New Jersey, USA in 1957. Her parents moved to England in 1963. Educated at High Wycombe School for Girls, she decided to pursue a career in the world of books. Sylvia worked for HarperCollins for 37 years, the last eleven of which she headed up their UK-based International Sales team. Sylvia May is the daughter of the late Gordon Graham, Founder and President of the Kohima Educational Trust. She is proud that her father has inspired many people to share his vision to commemorate those who fought and died in Kohima, and the wonderful Naga people who have done so much for the British in the past. She first visited India in 1994 with her husband Robert, and has returned on numerous occasions, staying in Kohima several times. In 2000, they followed the WWII route of the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, her father’s regiment. The regiment’s first main engagement in this theatre of war was at Zubza shortly before the Battle of Kohima.

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