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Chindit Memorial

 
 
Chindit Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
1. Chindit Memorial
Inscription.
[Front:]
The Chindit Badge
Portraying a Chinthe, A Mythical
Beast, Guardian of Burmese Temples
from which was derived the name
Chindits, their motto being

The Boldest Measures
Are The Safest

In Memory Of All Who Fought On The
First And Second Expeditions Into
North Burma 1943 And 1944
With The Chindit Special Force

Formed, Trained And Commanded By
Major General Orde Charles Wingate, DSO

Chindits Came From The Armed Forces
Of The United Kingdom, Burma,
Hong Kong, India, Nepal, West Africa
And The
United States Of America

Air Supply And Direct Operational
Support Was Given By
The Royal Air Force
And
1st Air Commando Group
United States Army Air Force
And
10th United States Army Air Force

Victory Was Hastened By The Chindits
Daring Exploits Behind Enemy Lines

His Majesty King George VI
Graciously Awarded The Victoria Cross
To

Major Frank Gerald Blaker MC
Highland Light Infantry
Attached 3 Bn 9th Gurkha Rifles

Captain Michael Allmand
Indian Armoured Corps
Attached 3 Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

Lieutenant George Albert Cairns
Somerset Light Infantry Attached
1 Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment

Rifleman

Chindit Memorial - Front Panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
2. Chindit Memorial - Front Panel
Tulbahadur Pun
3 Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles

[Rear:]
In Memory Of
Major General
Orde Charles Wingate, DSO

1903 - 1944

Commander Of The Chindits
Killed On Active Service
In Burma 24th March 1944

“A Man Of Genius Who Might Well
Have Become A Man Of Destiny”
Winston Churchill

An Important Influence In The
Creation Of The Israel Defence
Forces And The Foundation Of The State Of Israel

[left side:]

The Following Took Part In
The Chindit Campaigns 1943 – 1944

45 Reconnaissance Regiment RAC
Royal Regiment Of Artillery
Corps Of Royal Engineers
Royal Corps Of Signals
2 Bn The Queen’s Royal Regiment (West Surrey)
2 Bn The King’s Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster)
1 Bn The King’s Regiment (Liverpool)
13 Bn The King’s Regiment (Liverpool)
1 Bn The Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment
2 Bn The Leicestershire Regiment
7 Bn The Leicestershire Regiment
1 Bn The Lancashire Fusiliers
1 Bn The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
2 Bn The Duke Of Wellington’s Regiment (West Riding)
4 Bn The Border Regiment
1 Bn The South Staffordshire Regiment
2 Bn The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
1 Bn The Essex Regiment
2 Bn The York

Chindit Memorial - Back image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
3. Chindit Memorial - Back
& Lancaster Regiment
142 Commando Company
Royal Army Chaplains Department

[right side:]

The Following Took Part In
The Chindit Campaigns 1943 – 1944

Royal Army Service Corps
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Corps Of Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers
Corps Of Military Police
Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Indian Engineers : Sappers & Miners
Royal Indian Army Service Corps
Indian Medical Service
3 Bn 2nd King Edward VII’s Own Gurkha Rifles (The Sirmoor Rifles)
3 Bn 4th Prince Of Wale’s Own Gurkha Rifles
3 Bn 6th Gurkha Rifles
3 Bn 9th Gurkha Rifles
4 Bn 9th Gurkha Rifles
2 Bn The Burma Rifles
Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Force
6 Bn The Nigerian Regiment
7 Bn The Nigerian Regiment
12 Bn The Nigerian Regiment
Burma Intelligence Corps
RCAF RAAF RNZAF

[Inscription on base:]
This memorial was unveiled by HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh, KC, KT. 16 October 1990
 
Erected 1990.
 
Location. 51° 30.198′ N, 0° 7.439′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Victoria Embankment and Richmond

Chindit Memorial - Left Panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
4. Chindit Memorial - Left Panel
Terrace, on the left when traveling north on Victoria Embankment. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England SW1A 2JL, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Trenchard (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Britain Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fleet Air Arm Memorial (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Royal Air Force Memorial (about 90 meters away); The Viscount Portal of Hungerford (about 90 meters away); Monty (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chindits Special Force Burma 1943-1944 (Chindits.info). "There were two Chindits expeditions into Burma, the first in February 1943 Operation Longcloth, consisted of a force of 3,000 men who marched over 1,000 miles during the campaign. The second expedition, Operation Thursday, in March 1944 was on a much larger scale. It was the second largest airborne invasion of the war and consisted of a force of 20,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers with air support provided by the 1st Air Commando USAAF. Tragically their leader, General Wingate, was killed
Chindit Memorial - Right Panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
5. Chindit Memorial - Right Panel
a few weeks after the launch of Operation Thursday. " (Submitted on December 14, 2017.) 

2. Chindits (Wikipedia). "The Chindits, known officially as the Long Range Penetration Groups, were special operations units of the British and Indian armies, which saw action in 1943–1944, during the Burma Campaign of World War II. The creation of British Army Brigadier Orde Charles Wingate, the Chindits were formed for raiding operations against the Imperial Japanese Army, especially long-range penetration: attacking Japanese troops, facilities and lines of communication, deep behind Japanese lines....Their operations were marked by prolonged marches through extremely difficult terrain, by underfed troops often weakened by diseases such as malaria and dysentery. There is controversy over the extremely high casualty rate and the debatable military value of the achievements of the Chindits." (Submitted on December 14, 2017.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Chindit Memorial - Chinthe Decoration image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 13, 2017
6. Chindit Memorial - Chinthe Decoration
 
 
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