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War in the Wilderness: The Chindits in Burma 1943-1944 Kindle Edition

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Tony Reddingis a former journalist and the author of "Flying for Freedom: Life and Death in Bomber Command" and" Best Endeavours: Inside the World of Marine Salvage." He is a member of the Institute of Public Relations."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 29625 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Spellmount; Reprint edition (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GF3MVVW
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"War in the Wilderness: The Chindits in Burma 1943-1944" by Tony Redding is an incredibly comprehensive account of the Chindit campaigns, drawing on interview of fifty veterans of the campaign. It is a remarkably detailed book, well illustrated and offering a new insight into a campaign which I, and possibly many others, possessed only scant knowledge of.

For those wishing to know more about this fascinating campaign, this book would be a valuable starting point.

Hear this fascinating interview with the author and a Chindit veteran on the Today programme , BBC Radio 4 [...]
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The story of the Chindit operations in occupied Burma is a breath taking tale of unbelievable human achievement under impossible conditions which, in terms of sheer human endurance and courage, are widely regarded as the toughest sustained combat operations of the Second World War. Yet the previous published accounts have not tended to focus on the men who were the Chindits but rather on their unconventional, somewhat controversial leader Major General Orde Wingate; on the credibility and strategic success or otherwise of the operations and on whether or not the Chindit operations wasted resources at a time when they were much needed elsewhere.
For the first time War in the Wilderness tells the human story of the Chindits in riveting, energy-sapping detail. Tony Redding's narrative is a model of clarity and conciseness and is enriched immeasurably by the vivid and often harrowing experiences of around fifty veteran Chindits who were interviewed by the author. The book is well illustrated with clear and helpful maps and both official and, previously unpublished, private photographs. This very balanced and readable account is richly laced with the names and experiences of those who took part in the operations and includes a useful appendix listing all who received honours and awards, which includes the four Chindit VC winners.
In his account of Number 5 Column in the 1943 Chindit operation "Beyond the Chindwin" (Collins 1945) Brigadier Bernard Ferguson remarks "to those who took part in it, the Wingate expedition was a watershed in their lives. Before it, one's appreciation of values was only half developed. Now we have new standards and new touchstones.
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This is an eye witness account of the two Chindit operations. There have been many books on the Chindits but this is the truest and most real of them all sparing neither the ardour nor the danger. I was there and can vouch for it. It is for real. Read it.
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I must confess to having a vested interest in this book but one which may still have some relevance to interested parties.

The book has been written as a labour of love by Tony Redding with meticulous concern for accuracy and to create a real sense of 'being there'. It was initially conceived in recognition of the appalling Chindit campaign experienced by his own father and the many others like him. In order to achieve these goals, Tony interviewed considerable numbers of surviving Chindits and their relatives in diverse locations.

He was also keen to find, and make use of, original pictorial evidence which reflected the ongoing situation in Burma as seen by serving soldiers rather than using the familiar, and oft repeated, official war correspondent and press images. Following this inspiration he was able to track down a surprising number of original photographs taken by serving soldiers, often with cameras acquired from captured enemy troops.

This photographic record was uniquely captured and has never been seen in a previous publication. It is an invaluable resource providing an intimate glance into reality. Not surprisingly these images were often somewhat worse for wear and were nearly always very small. They were all analogue prints and needed to be digitalised for publication and archive purposes following on from the necessary restoration and enlarging processes. Over 150 of these have been used in the book.

As the photographer responsible for this I inevitably got to know the prints very well indeed over quite a long period. I also got to know some of the surviving soldiers or their relatives too as part of the process.
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I bought this book as my dad had been a Chindit but had rarely spoken about his experiences. He often spoke fondly of India and the sights he had seen there, but never of what he had been through in the jungle, at least not to me. Because this book contains memories of other Chindits, it really made me come to understand what he had been through, during and after the war. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about this period of WWII, and to understand what ordinary young men suddenly found themselves confronted with, experiences that would leave survivors with memories that would haunt them for the rest of their lives. What has made this book really special for me was to find my father in a group photo. Priceless.
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