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Osprey's study of the Chidits of Wolrd War II (1939-19445). Named after mythical beasts guarding Buddhist temples, the Chindits were a specially organized, equipped and trained body of men employing innovative fighting methods based on ideas originally developed in Palestine and Ethiopia by their commander, Major-General Orde Wingate. The two Chindit operations (LONGCLOTH in February - May 1943 and THURSDAY in March 1944) were praised by the press, but their contribution to the Allied cause remains controversial to this day. This book examines the origins of the Chindits and the genesis of Major-General Wingate's ideas about Long Range Penetration. The author discusses the recruitment and specialist fighting methods of the Chindits during 1943-44, which quickly created a force with a high espirit-de-corps and belief in Wingate and his ideas. Accompanied by full-color illustrations demonstrating the distinctive dress, equipment and weapons, this book assesses the contribution made by these elite troops to the Allied victory in South-East Asia during World War II.

Table of Contents

· Introduction · Chronology · Recruitment/ Enlistment · Training · Appearance · Equipment · Conditions of Service · On Campaign · Belief and Belonging · Experience of Battle · After the Battle · Collecting/Museums/Re-enactment · Bibliography · Glossary · Index

Product details

Published Apr 21 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846033735
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 47 b/w; 7 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Warrior
Short code WAR 136
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Tim Moreman

Tim Moreman is a freelance military historian livi…


Peter Dennis

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