Eric Parker (biography)Medium:
Watercolour on BoardSize:
13" x 18" (340mm x 460mm)Date:
1969This is the unique original Watercolour painting by Eric Parker.
The origins of The Burma Star. The portrait is of Brigadier (later Major-General) Orde Charles Wingate. He pioneered the concept of attacking the enemy from behind their own lines. In Burma the Japanese were attacked by combined forces of British and Ghurkha troops.
He halted the more experienced Japanese jungle fighters in 1943 and paved the way for the British to re-take Burma in 1945. All ranks who served in Burma between 11 December 1941 and 18 May 1945 received the Burma Star, a medal designed by King George VI.
Originally published in Look and Learn #416 3 January 1970.
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