The Chindits were the largest of the allied Special Forces of the 2nd World War. They were formed and lead by Major General Orde Wingate DSO. The Chindits operated deep behind enemy lines in North Burma in the War against Japan. For many months they lived in and fought the enemy in the jungles of Japanese occupied Burma, totally relying on airdrops for their supplies.
This chap was 88 when I took this shot, & didn't like to talk about his experiences. I was told by his daughter that the allies had a tough time getting the men out, once they'd parachuted into Burma. She also told me that the Chindits were a precursor to the SAS.
I just hope I've made the best of this shot, & it's a fitting tribute to the man. Looks better large & f11.
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