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In 1939 a young anthropologist named Greenwood traveled from Harvard to the Shan States on the China-Burma border, to study their people and customs. There he settled in the idyllic village of Pawlu, in headhunter country high in the mountains, and within months haad learned their local dialect, been awarded a Shan tattoo as a member of the tribe, and taken a Shan wife. Only in 1942 does he learn of the war. When he travels down to Mandalay and Imphal to enlist, he is promptly commissioned, and sent back to Pawlu to lead his Shan tribe in guerrilla warfarde against the Japanese.
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