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The following booklet called The Chindits was published around 1945. It is the story of men of Australia, Africa and America that sacrificed health, life, blood , sweat and tears on the infamous Burma Road. I have added every page of the booklet so that you might find one of your ancestor in it. At the beginning of this listing is a photo of the medals awarded and to whom. This is a work in progress. I will try to straighten out the pages as they appear in this booklet at a later date. Some pages I did closeup so that you might read information that might pertain to a relative.
I will also be posting a collection of a letters from an American soldier that was stationed from New Guinea to the Philippines and everything in between. He sent to his girlfriend a number of a newspapers similar to the Stars and Stripes called Guinea Gold. New Guinea was the only war zone that did not produce the Star and Stripes.
General MacArthur allowed this newspaper to publish communiques 20 hours before the release time for the rest of the worlds media. Because of this they published a record number of world scoops. There were two editions of this newspaper, The American and Australian editions. He also sent her Australian coins taped to letters and a 2 1/2 Australian pound note signed by all his buddies, propaganda leaflet, programs for the first New Guinea Turf Club and other occasions that I will also be sharing. Stay tuned.
Above is the cover of the booklet, “The Chindits” that was published by Frank Owen for the Supreme Allied Commander, Southeast Asia. The layout was done by Fred Oxtoby and was printed by Don A. Lakin, The Stateman Press, Calcutta India
Above is the inside cover of The Chindits showing Major General WDA Lentaigne, DSO, Commander, Special Force. He took over at the death of Major General Orde Charles Wingate.
WHAT THEY ACHIEVED – Above begins the story of the Chindits. Before it is possible to calculate the results achieved by the Chindits of 1944, we must be clear as to the general situation in the war against Japan and the particular situation in Upper Burma, hence begins the story of the Chindits in this booklet.
This is the story From White City of Mogaung, it shows Brig. J. M. Calvert, DSO and Bar. He led 77 BDE at “Broadway,” “White City” and Mogaung, Commissioned in 1932, nicknamed “Mad Mike,” boxed tor the Army and Cambridge University. Was a column commander on Wingate’s first expedition into Burma, specializes in demolitions.
The “White City” battle was epic, thus begins this section of the booklet:
Pictured below is Colonel P. J. Cochran, DSO (with cap on) and Major General Orde Charles Wingate, DSO and two Bars. MG Wingate was killed in an air crash when returning from a visit to the beleaguered garrison of “White City.”
This first photo shows troops carrying Gliders being towed by Dakotas. Beneath this photo is a group of Chindits resting near a Dakota with rear door open before going into battle. On the tail of the plane is a number: L-536
This next photo shows the bodies of dead Japanese soldiers littering the bed of a Burma chaung as a Chindit stoops down to take a closer look as he inspects the body.
The following photo shows troops advancing through the thickly matted Burma jungle, a fight for every yard as the troops advance closer to their goal.
Mules crossing the 500 yard wide Irrawaddy waterway, as with other animals they would help the Chindits in their operations, either as food or as load carriers.
The Battle of Mogaung was a test of endurance that cost some of these men their last moment on earth, true hero’s who’s names Time has delegated to the dusty bins and shelves of the forgotten. Many paid with their lives for the freedom so many of us selfishly enjoy today. These pages are dedicated to these men. At the end of the blog will be many names and the medals that deceased or alive they received.