Major General Orde Wingate, DSO and two bars, who had created and personally led the Chindits (commandos, from the Burmese word for a griffin) was killed in an air accident in March 1944, at the height of the second Chindit campaign. He was highly praised, especially by General Slim. But by 1956, Slim was dismissive of him in Defeat into Victory, and the Official British History in 1961 was viciously critical. What happened to change minds so completely? David Rooney examines the life and achievement of a maverick soldier who inspired loyalty and devotion in some, hostility in others. He presents facts that thoughtful, diligent research has uncovered, to leave a broader impression of Wingate's colourful career. The result is an intriguing portrait of a military mind of daring originality, deserving of a better judgement in military history.
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David Rooney saw war service in India and West Africa as a captain in the Queen's Royal Regiment. After the war he read history at Keble College, Oxford, and went on to a teaching career in Belfast, Germany and England, including four years as a Senior Lecturer at Sandhurst. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and continues to lecture and write. Previous titles include: Military Mavericks and Burma Victory.
Wingate And The Chindits by David Rooney
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