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Stilwell and the Chindits (Paperback)

The Allied Campaign in Northern Burma 1943 – 1944

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By Jon Diamond
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781783831982
Published: 30th August 2014
Last Released: 13th August 2014



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This latest book in the highly successful Images of War series covers the dramatic events that saw ultimate Allied victory over the Japanese in remote Northern Burma on the Chinese border. The plan involved two separate but concurrent operations. US Army General Joseph Stilwell was ordered to train up two Chinese divisions and together with a US special force (Merrill's Marauders) advance to seize the key Japanese base at Myitkyina.

At the same time Brigadier Orde Wingate and his 77 Brigade (known as the Chindits) penetrated and fought deep behind Japanese lines. While the success of this Operation (LONG STOP) remains debatable, the Chindits' courage and determination destroyed the myth of Japanese invincibility. Despite terrible deprivation a second much larger operation (THURSDAY) went ahead.

As this highly informative and well illustrated book reveals, the concept was ultimately successful with Myitkyina falling to Stilwell's Chinese/US force in mid 1944. The Chindits and Maranders, now greatly depleted by enemy action, malnutrition and disease were evacuated to India but became legends.

A very readable text plus the supporting photos give a really good view of what went on in this aspect of the war in the Far East.

Military Modelling

An excellent account, told largely through photographs, of that neglected aspect of the Second World War fought so very far away from home by British Soldiers.

Britain at War

This well-illustrated and informative book relates the story of this operation and presents the reader with a concise, readable summary. In keeping with other works in the Images of War series, this title features many rare monochrome photos from wartime archives.

Military Modelling Magazine

[T]his book provides a worthy epitaph to the legendary Chindits and Marauders. A largely unknown story told well and impeccably illustrated.


This is a solid piece of work and I have learned much from Jon Diamond's well-paced and efficient text.

War History Online
 Jon Diamond

About Jon Diamond

Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the UK with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits and War in the South Pacific are published by Pen and Sword in their Images of War series.

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