Rooney, David.


1st ed., 1994. 256 pp., photo-plates + 17 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. Orde Wingate was renowned for his daring exploits in Palestine, Ethiopia and Burma. He had an abrasiveness that induced resentment but he also instilled respect and admiration in those whom he served and the men he commanded. This diversity of opinion has prevented a balanced assessment of the achievements of Wingate and his Chindit forces, their value and their significance in the evolution of battlefield tactics and strategy. With the aid of new research the author charts Wingate’s early life, his time in Africa and the Middle East, and his campaigns with the Chindits in Burma. The author follows this study of the maverick warrior's career by demonstrating how succeeding generations of historians and students have been influenced in their assessment of the man by the biased words of the Editor of the Official History of the Burma campaign. This book does indeed redress the balance.

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