By Vicki Croke
The amazing tale of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world's greatest land animals remodeled him from a carefree younger guy into the charismatic warfare hero often called Elephant Bill
Billy Williams got here to colonial Burma in 1920, clean from provider in global struggle I, to a task as a "forest man" for a British teak corporation. Mesmerized by way of the intelligence, personality, or even humor of the good animals who hauled logs during the distant jungles, he turned a talented "elephant wallah." more and more expert at treating their health problems and accidents, he additionally championed extra humane remedy for them, even setting up an elephant "school" and "hospital." In go back, he acknowledged, the elephants made him a greater guy. The friendship of 1 awesome tusker specifically, Bandoola, will be revelatory. In Elephant corporation, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams's growing to be love for elephants because the animals offer him classes in braveness, belief, and gratitude.
But Elephant Company is usually a story of warfare and bold. whilst Imperial jap forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite strength 136, the British soiled methods division, working in the back of enemy strains. His warfare elephants could hold provides, construct bridges, and delivery the in poor health and aged over treacherous mountain terrain. Now good versed within the methods of the jungle, an older, wiser Williams even additional to his strong through smuggling extra elephants out of Japanese-held territory. because the occupying professionals placed a cost on his head, Williams and his elephants confronted his so much perilous attempt. In a Hollywood-worthy climax, Elephant corporation, cornered via the enemy, tried a determined break out: a dicy trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled team of refugees in tow. Elephant Bill's exploits might earn him best army honors and the compliment of famed box Marshal Sir William Slim.
Part biography, half battle epic, and half natural world experience, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little-known bankruptcy within the annals of wartime heroism.