[BURMA INTELLIGENCE BUREAU]. Burma during the Japanese Occupation. [Simla, no printer], 1st October, 1943.
8vo. Original printed wrappers with printed label Burma Intelligence Bureau pasted over upper portion of front cover; pp. , iii, 82, two leaves of plates with portraits; covers a little rubbed and lightly spotted; internally, apart from light even browning, due to paper-stock, a good copy; provenance: Confidential stamped onto front cover, crossed out in red ink and priced in ms. Rs. 1/12/, later Polish institutional stamp in the margins of two pages.
First edition, of great rarity. 'This publication endeavours to paint as accurate a picture as possible of events and conditions in Burma during the period of the Japanese occupation up to 1st October, 1943' (p. iii). A short history of the occupation, including the organisation and administration of the puppet regime installed by the Japanese is followed by the preparedness for and atittitude of the Burmese towards impending British recapture of the country. The booklet deals in detail with the role of the different ethnic groups under occupation and their poitical affiliations, public health under occupation, policing and prisons, the war economy, including the opium trade and prices, cinemas showing Japanese propaganda, and the cultural politics of the Japanese, who 'have encouraged all forms of entertainment in order to ease the nervous strain caused by our air-raids' (p. 64). - In 1944 a second volume appeared, which is only held by SOAS; the very few other institutions holding this title have the present volume only.