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General Smith Dun to General Ne Win

From the Irawaddy News:

General Smith Dun was appointed the first General and Commander-in-Chief of the newly independent Burma in 1948. He was a decorated soldier having been awarded both the ‘Sword of Honour’ and the ‘Military Cross’ medals. He was an ethnic Karen and a committed Christian.

He was replaced by General Ne Win in 1949 after Karen insurgents began their war for independence. Gen Ne Win eventually staged a military coup in 1962 and led the country to ruin during years of one-party authoritarian rule until 1988.

Following is a link to the book written by Smith Dun – Memoirs of the Four-Foot Colonel. The book talks a lot about Christianity. Chapter 15 talks about his own Christian experience.

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