First Overland: The Story of the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition

First Overland: The Story of the Oxford and Cambridge Far Eastern Expedition

Tim Slessor


Why no longer? finally, no-one had ever performed it ahead of. it'd be one of many longest of all overland trips – part approach around the global, from the English Channel to Singapore. They knew that numerous expeditions had already attempted it. a few had received so far as the desrts of Persia; a couple of had even reached the plains of India. yet not anyone had controlled to move on from there: over the jungle clad mountains of Assam and throughout northern Burma to Thailand and Malaya.

Over the final 3,000 miles it appeared there have been ‘just too many rivers and too few roads’. yet no-one relatively knew …In truth, their difficulties started a lot ahead of that. As mere undergraduates, that they had no funds, no autos, not anything. yet with a funky audacity, which was once to turn into attribute, they got to work – wheedling and cajoling. First, they coaxed the BBC to return up with a few movie for a potential television sequence.

They then lightly persuaded the brands to lend them factory-fresh Land Rovers. A writer was once even sweet-talked into giving them an develop on a e-book. by the point they have been able to cross, their sponsors (more than eighty of them) ranged from whiskey distillers to the makers of collapsible buckets. In overdue 1955, they set off.

Seven months and 12,000 miles later, very weary Land Rovers, escorted via police outriders, rolled into Singapore – to flash bulbs and fizz. Now, fifty years on, their booklet, ‘First Overland’, is republished – with a foreword by means of Sir David Attenborough. in the end, it used to be he who gave them that movie.

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