James, Richard Rhodes. Foreword by Bernard Fergusson.
Publisher John Murray, London, 1980, first edition.
Seller ID 21510
214 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0719537460 B&w photographs, maps. "In 1943 Major-General Orde Wingate startled the military world by his daring raid in command of 77 Brigade into the heart of Japanese-occupied Burma. In t he following year Wingate master-minded an even more ambitious operation, which involved the flying in of about 10,000 men and 1,000 animals behind enemy lines to harass the Japanese and disrupt their communications, with the aid of close t a c t i c a l s upport by USAAF No. 1 Air Commando under Colonel Philip Cochran. 'Chindit' was the name given to these operations and to the men who took part in them, derived from the Burmese word for the mythical beast that guards their pagodas fr om e vi l. Th i s book is a personal account of the 1944 operation by an officer who served on the staff of 111 Brigade. It tells the story of the preparations in central India for this arduous form of warfare, which Wingate called Long Range Pen etr ati on, th e fl ig ht deep into enemy territory and the subsequent campaign of guerrilla operations after the sudden death of Wingate...." Cigarette odor, very light browning to edges of textblock, very small remainder dot on botttom of text bloc k. Dust jac ke t is pr ice clipped, has very light rubbing, minor edge wrinkling, light browning at top edge, tiny scuff on front flap-fold. Very Good/Very Good