Ernest Easterbrook's World War II China-Burma-India Theater Diaries Available Online

Monday, October 3, 2011
Major General Ernest F. Easterbrook. Ernest Fred Easterbrook papers, Box 4, Fold
Major General Ernest F. Easterbrook. Ernest Fred Easterbrook papers, Box 4, Fold

Ernest Easterbrook began this account of his experiences in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater in 1944, when he became General Joseph W. Stilwell's executive assistant in Burma. Later, as commander of the 475th Infantry Regiment, he led it behind enemy lines to clear northern Burma and reopen the Burma Road.

Easterbrook's diaries, covering 1944–45, supplement the wartime diaries of General Stilwell. In addition to sharing firsthand experiences in the CBI Theater, the authors shared a personal connection: Easterbrook married Stilwell's oldest daughter in 1938.

The diaries were transcribed by Easterbrook's son, John. Those transcripts are online, accompanied by digitized copies of numerous maps drawn by Easterbrook on the pages of his diary. The original diaries are part of the Ernest Fred Easterbrook papers at the Hoover Archives.