Chindits Special Force Burma 1943-1944

The Chindits were the largest of the allied Special Forces of the 2nd World War. They were formed and lead by Major General Orde Wingate DSO. The Chindits operated deep behind enemy lines in North Burma in the War against Japan. For many months they lived in and fought the enemy in the jungles of Japanese occupied Burma, totally relying on airdrops for their supplies.

There were two Chindits expeditions into Burma, the first in February 1943 Operation Longcloth, consisted of a force of 3,000 men who marched over 1,000 miles during the campaign. The second expedition, Operation Thursday, in March 1944 was on a much larger scale. It was the second largest airborne invasion of the war and consisted of a force of 20,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with air support provided by the 1st Air Commando USAAF. Tragically their leader, General Wingate, was killed a few weeks after the launch of Operation Thursday.

Please visit Chindits site to pay tribute to those who paid their lives to the mankind.

Here are some more links related to the Chindits.

Major General Orde Charles Wingate. Also at Arlington National Cemetry website.

Harold George Lambert – This site is dedicated to the memory of H.G Lambert, and to ensure that his story, and that of his comrades in the 7th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, is not forgotten.

A Lancashire Chindit – This site is to celebrate the life of Sgt. William Clift. M.M. Bill fought alongside Brigadier ‘Mad Mike’ Calvert as one of Major General Wingate’s famous Chindits during World War ll. He was awarded the Military Medal for his part in the battle for Henu (Pagoda) Hill. He sadly died aged 62 on January 18th 1982.

A scottish Soldier’s StoryWilliam “Cocky” Cochrane was voted Man of the Year 2000 by the Black Watch Veterans Association in June at the annual reunion in Perth, Scotland.

Jack Lindo – My Life, my Regiment and my War in Burma.

The Chindits of Burma – A Walk on the Wild Side, A Step into the Unknown, A tale that includes the longest successful, large scale, Airborne Operation of World War II

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