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|Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:58 am Post subject: BOOK: The Chindit War, Shelford Bidwell
|This is an older book, but definitely worth reading. It covers the second Chindit operation of 1944, the logistics and general sufferings as well as the fighting.
It goes into the characters of Orde-Wingate and Stillwell, how their philosophies came into being and how such obstinate and abrasive characters could inspire such frustration among their superiors but such devotion from their subordinates.
While there is a lot that deals with the tactical situation and the relationship with Stillwell's forces and to a lesser extent those of General Slim, most of the book is given over to Column actions with many personal accounts of those actions and the travails between.
The Chindits suffered immensely with arduous terrain and disease, this book really does bring it home how difficult it was and how they could maintain their fighting spirit and overall effectiveness especially after the loss of Wingate and their subsequently being used in a more conventional infantry role instead of the unconventional, guerilla style which Wingate had championed.
Several black & white photographs of the personalities involved as well as the soldiers in general will help those putting together the Essex impression.
(Re-enactor)Sgt. Glynn Tromans, 3 Tp, 3rd Para Sqdn, RE.