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The Chindit

By davey_griffo
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.

Tags: Wirral Thornton hough Portraits and people Armed forces Ve-day Re-enactment war

Voters: NeilWigan, gabriel_flr, DeSilver and 20 more

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28 Aug 2010 10:19AM
Beautiful portrait of a proud warrior!
have a nice weekend,

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DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
28 Aug 2010 10:32AM
This is a lovely record shot of a very brave man!

A friend of mine who I used to work with was a Chindit and was in fact captured by the Japanese and held in a camp. he to would not talk about his experiences either. So no one asked him because we thought that the memories were to too painful especially as he was 6ft 2" tall and only weigh' d 6 stone when he was released and was not allowed to eat much for six months after. But he always had a smile on his face for his friends. A lovely man.

great shot, well done!
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
28 Aug 2010 10:38AM
Thanks for your comments. And an equally moving story, David.
nishchal 7 6 India
28 Aug 2010 11:03AM
Beautiful Portrait! Thanks for sharing.
28 Aug 2010 11:31AM
Love the smile! Don't see that too often in Veterans.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
28 Aug 2010 11:40AM
Great capture! I would love to see him on a differend background!


davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
28 Aug 2010 11:55AM
So would I Trev, but unfortunately, it was pretty much a grab shot, & I had to take what I could get. I may try blurring or in some other way, obscuring it more. If I can do that without being obvious.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
28 Aug 2010 11:58AM
This should be a simple cutout with the magic wand tool!


davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
28 Aug 2010 1:14PM
You would think so Trev, but it still took me a good while.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2010 4:09PM
V5 followed very quickly by V3 for me
He looks such a wonderful character
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
28 Aug 2010 4:52PM
V5 it is for me thanks!


BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
28 Aug 2010 11:57PM
I think V3 is the strongest. A fine portrait.
Ray42 10 3 England
29 Aug 2010 7:32AM
A great shot of this old veteran - v3 is probably the best IMHO - as you have done the hard work of selecting the vetran what about a different applicable bg instead of a plain colour?
mrjt 12 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2010 6:58PM
31 Aug 2010 4:28PM
beautiful shot of a fine upstanding gentleman
James_C 9 36 56 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2010 10:17AM
Great picture and great story. I take my hat off to these incredibly brave people. Of the set I think v4 works the best - the background is subtle but complimentary.

Great picture - especially like V3

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