My history hero: Field Marshal Bill Slim (1891-1970)

Comedian, actor and television presenter Griff Rhys Jones chooses Field Marshal Bill Slim as his history hero

Field Marshal Bill Slim

This article was first published in the January 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

Field Marshal William ‘Bill’ Joseph Slim commanded the ‘forgotten’ 14th Army, which eventually triumphed against the Japanese in Burma in the Second World War. After serving in the First World War and being injured at Gallipoli, he joined the Indian Army and became a lieutenant colonel in the Gurkha Rifles in the 1930s. In 1942 he was given command of the Burma Corps, before taking command of the newly created 14th Army. He was governor general of Australia from 1953 to 1959. In 1960 he was created Viscount Slim.

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