The exceptional story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the sector’s greatest land animals reworked him from a carefree younger guy into the charismatic Conflict hero referred to as Elephant Bill

In 1920, Billy Williams got here to colonial Burma as a “wooded area guy” for a British teak Corporate. Mesmerized via the intelligence and personality of the nice animals who hauled logs in the course of the jungle, he changed into a proficient “elephant wallah.” In Elephant Corporate, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams’s rising love for elephants Because the animals supply him classes in braveness, accept as true with, and gratitude.

Elephant Company could also be a story of Conflict and bold. While Jap forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite British Pressure 136 and operated in the back of enemy strains. His Conflict elephants carried provides, helped construct bridges, and transported the in poor health and aged over treacherous mountain terrain. Because the occupying government placed a worth on his head, Williams and his elephants confronted their so much perilous check. Elephant Corporate, cornered via the enemy, tried a determined get away: a hazardous trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled workforce of refugees in tow. Phase biography, Phase Conflict epic, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a bit of-identified bankruptcy within the annals of wartime heroism.

Praise for Elephant Company

“This Guide is set way over simply the Conflict, and even elephants. That is the tale of friendship, loyalty and breathtaking bravery that transcends species. . . . Elephant Company is not anything lower than a sweeping story, masterfully written.”—Sara Gruen, The New York Instances Guide Review

“Ultimate . . . Mixing biography, historical past, and natural world biology, [Vicki Constantine] Croke’s story is an regularly transferring account of [Billy] Williams, who earned the sobriquet ‘Elephant Invoice,’ and his bizarre bond with the most important land mammals in the world.”—The Boston Globe

“One of the most greatest heroes of Global Conflict II had been even larger than you idea. . . . You may also by no means name the lion the king of the jungle once more.”—New York Post

“Vicki Constantine Croke {can provide|provides|grants|promises|gives you|offers|delivers} an exhilarating story of this elephant whisperer–cum–Conflict hero, even as superbly reminding us of the long-lasting bonds among animals and people.”—Mitchell Zuckoff, writer of Lost in Shangri-L. a. and Frozen in Time