The Images of War series has been building into a unique and impressive visual military history, offering rare images with concise text at very aggressive pricing. This new addition covers one of the most neglected theatres of war and one of the most neglected organizations, the Chindits – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Images of War, Wingate's Men, The Chindit Operations: Special Forces in Burma FILE: R3066 AUTHOR: Colin Higgs PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword BINDING: soft back PRICE: £14.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, Far East, Asian Theatre, Burma, India, Japanese Army, special forces, guerilla warfare, jungle warfare, deep penetration raids, Orde Wingate, air support, air drops, rough landing fields
PAGES: 117 IMAGE: B3066.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/ydzsym7k LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The Images of War series has been building into a unique and impressive visual military history, offering rare images with concise text at very aggressive pricing. This new addition covers one of the most neglected theatres of war and one of the most neglected organizations, the Chindits – Most Highly Recommended. The story of the Chindits has yet to be told definitively but this book provides an outstanding selection of rare images, together with concise text. With the concentration of attention on the European Theatre, and North Africa, for the British, and similar concentration on the island hopping campaign in the Pacific for Americans, the hard fought engagements in Burma have largely been missed. Colonel Wingate proposed a long range jungle group, along the lines of the very successful Long Range Desert Group. This called for relatively large scale special forces deploying far behind the enemy front line. In Burma there were a whole new set of challenges because of the terrain and jungle which the British had been slow to adapt to. The LRDG faced its own challenges in the desert of North Africa but had the advantage of being able to use vehicles for mobility. In Burma, the position of the Chindits might be unknown, making air support very difficult. Initially they were largely on their own, on foot, using mules to carry the heavier loads, and moving through very difficult ground conditions where sickness was a greater enemy than the Japanese. Initially Wingate was given the 77th Infantry Brigade. He advanced into Burma with three Japanese Divisions trying to find and destroy him. Air drops of essential supplies were often taken by the Japanese and Wingate did very well to return with the troops that he did. They were exhausted, riddled with sickness and losses had been very heavy. However, their performance had been sufficient to justify building on their initial experience. Wingate proposed a much larger force flown in to rough landing strips cut out of the jungle. Wingate was not to live to see the considerable success of his efforts, being killed in an air crash on his way to a Chindit base. This book provides a very graphic account of a story that deserves to be told fully.