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 Introduction


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.
 

 2004 - 60th Anniversary  

2004 marked the 60th anniversary of the 2nd Chindit campaign. To commemorate this occasion, Chindit veteran Bill Hills (7th Bn Leicester Regt., 14th Brigade) produced the below card for the Chindits Old Comrades Association.

The text inside reads

THE CHINDITS

During the 1939/45 War a Special force was trained in Commando methods to infiltrate behind the Japanese lines in Burma. They were known as the CHINDITS, a name given to them by their leader, Major-General Orde C. Wingate, D.S.O.

After the initial expedition in 1943 the full force was marched or landed in the jungle on makeshift air-strips by glider or Dakota aircraft 200 miles behind enemy lines in March 1944.

The mission was successful and called Operation Thursday, this eventually started the rot, which led to the Japanese surrender.

The force suffered many casualties killed, wounded or taken prisoner. Many of the survivors still suffer today from the hardship, rigours and strain of the two long arduous campaigns, when the only contact with base was by radio, all supplies came by air-drop.

The Chindits were very much an International Force, which include British, Burma Rifles, Hong Kong Volunteers, Gurkhas and West African Serviceman. The R.A.F. and First Air Commando , U.S.A.A.F. provided air support.

The Chindit badge on the front of this card illustrates a Chinthe, a symbolic guardian of Burmese temples, a mythical beast, half lion, half-flying griffin.

THE BOLDEST MEASURES ARE THE SAFEST
 

 Japanese Flag captured by Major Frank Blaker VC MC



Captured in Burma during 1943. Major Blaker was killed in action the following year in the 2nd Chindit campaign, he was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.[VC Citation](Photo courtesy of Nigel Holmes )
 

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Recent Site Updates

December 2009 - New citations added

Distinguished Service Order -
Brig. J.M. Calvert, DSO Brig. D.C.C. Tulloch, MC
Lt-Col W.P. Scott, MC

Military Cross -
Lt P.B. Chambers Lt B.S. Burns
Lt D.L.G. Scholey Sub Indra Bahadur Khattri
Jem Yembahadur Sahi Jemadar Godwiller
Capt D.M.E. McGillycuddy Capt J.S. Ross
Lt. J.C. Salazar Lt. D.E. Arnold
Lt S.J. Smith

Distinguished Conduct Medal -
Sjt J. Donald Sjt W. Bolton
Sjt J.T. Chandler

Military Medal -
Sjt W. Clift Bdr L.J. Summers
Cpl G.A. Ferrand Pte A.B. Bristow
Rfn Chhiring Lama Nk Khalbahadur Khattri
Cpl Adamu Gafasa Pte Mailafu Shangev
Sjt F.W. Pratt Gnr L.E. Turner
L/Sjt L. Mahon Tpr M.J. Flynn

Research is still in progress and new sections will be added when they are ready. The author welcomes feedback and can be contacted at frankyoung@chindits.info
 

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Special thanks to Imperial War Museum for permission to include their photographs and film clips on this site. These are Crown Copyright and must not be reproduced without permission from Imperial War Museum.

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