Chindit vs Japanese Infantryman

1943–44

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Chindit vs Japanese Infantryman

1943–44

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This gripping study offers key insights into the tactics, leadership, combat performance and subsequent reputations of six representative Chindit and Japanese infantry units involved in three pivotal actions that hastened Japan's defeat in Burma during World War II.

In order to keep China in the war against the Japanese, the Western Allies knew they had to return to Northern Burma. Colonel Orde Wingate, a military maverick and proponent of guerrilla warfare, believed that a different type of British infantryman was required for this role - the Chindit, indoctrinated with special training - to re-enter the jungles and mountains of Northern Burma in order to combat the victorious Japanese forces there. The Chindits' opponents would include the 18th Division, one of Imperial Japan's most seasoned formations, which by 1941 had already accumulated as much operational experience as most Anglo-American divisions would acquire in the entire 1939-45 war.
In a host of encounters the two sides clashed repeatedly in the harsh conditions of the Burmese jungle; the intended role and subsequent operational performance of the Chindits remains fraught with controversy today.

Table of Contents

Introduction /The opposing sides /Nankan Station: 6 March 1943 /Pagoda Hill: 16–18 March 1944 /Mogaung: 2–12 June 1944 /Analysis /Aftermath /Orders of Battle /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Feb 17 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472806512
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 50 b/w; 4 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Combat
Short code CBT 10
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Peter Dennis

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