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Chindit Affair: A Memoir of the War in Burma [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Hardcover]

Frank Baines
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16 Jun 2011
In March 1944, some 2,200 battle trained men of 111 Brigade flew from India into northern Burma to land on improvised airstrips cleared from the jungle, They were part of General Orde Wingate's Chindit force sent to fight the Japanese deep behind their lines. Five months later, 111 Brigade was down to 118 fit men - eight British officers, a score of British soldiers and 90 Gurkhas. One of those eight officers was Frank Baines, and in Chindit Affair he tells, in vivid language and with shrewd insight, what happened.Frank commanded two platoons of young Gurkhas and was attached to 111 Brigade Headquarters, serving under John Masters, where he had a close-up view for most of the time. His account throws new light on the leadership of the Chindit campaign, but above all it is a soldier's story.All the horrors of jungle warfare are here - bodies blood-sucked by leeches and corpses impaled by bamboo; Japanese soldiers reduced to eating human flesh; a court martial and execution; soldiers falling sick and dropping by the wayside, and being killed and wounded in action. He also captures the atmosphere of the jungle, its watercourses, trees, birds and the Kachin villagers' simple way of life. No other account of the Chindit operations touches the same raw nerves, and none recreates so immediately the sensations of being there in the jungle and hills which devoured nearly all of them.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (16 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1848844484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848844483
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a fascinating book. Baines is an engaging narrator, and gives us an unusual view of a famous campaign. History of War Website --History of War Website

About the Author

Brian Mooney was a prize-winning foreign correspondent for Reuters. Since leaving Reuters in 2000 he has published three books, Breaking News, Frontier Country and Shaping History, and he has worked in international public relations and contributed articles to the Financial Times, and other publications. His latest book is a biography of Frank Baines - A Look Beyond the Sea. He lives in the City of London and Essex.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This was an unexpected delight for those like myself who are very interested in the Burma Campaign
Frank Baines' account edited and published after his death was a fascinating read and he was a remarkable and unusual man
It is a vivid account of a controversial incursion behind japanese lines and I would heartily recommend it to those interested in Military History and especially the Chindit campaign
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4.0 out of 5 stars CHINDIT AFFAIR by FRANK BAINES 12 Jan 2012
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This is the memoir of a junior officer of 111 Indian Brigade headquarters, during the Chindit campaign of 1944. Unpublished at the author's death in 1987, it is well written, if slightly florid in style at times, and is extremely outspoken in both tone and content. This you may find challenging. I must admit my initial misgivings when I realised the significance of the double meaning of the title `Chindit Affair'. My doubts seem justified in the early chapters -- training in India -- when we learn that the author had fallen in love with his Gurkha orderly. Indeed, these early chapters do have a slight flavour of `It Ain't Half Hot Mum'. However, I am forced to admit that I was wrong. Baines' relationship with his orderly, or at least his version of their relationship, is absolutely central to this memoir. Once the brigade is behind enemy lines things begin to get a lot more serious. Initially Baines, in his somewhat privileged position as HQ defence platoon commander, retains his upbeat mood, but this begins to change once contact with the enemy is established. By the time we get to the Blackpool disaster, in which he was not directly involved, the full horror of the brigade's situation becomes clear. His own low point comes during the fighting for Point 2171, and it is here that we appreciate the true significance of his relationship with his orderly. What emerges is a heartbreaking and remarkably honest story.
A particularly interesting aspect of this memoir is the author's relationship with the Gurkhas of the brigade HQ defence platoons. He makes us vividly aware of the difficulties facing a lone British officer, commanding a group of men of whom he knows little.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Forgotten 17 May 2014
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This is an excellent book of the brave men who fought in what was once described as the forgotten war
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not to my expectations 10 May 2014
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Overall,was disappointed with the book,as although it is written with the author's own experiences during the conflict,I felt that this distracted from the overall importance that the Chindits and Ghurkas played in the Burma theatre of war.
Had reviewed this book many months previously before purchasing,and consider that I had made a wrong call
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