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Chindits   7 Books
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BARCLAY (Brig. C.N., CBE, DSO) The History of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment 1919-1952. 1st Ed., xxi+398pp., 4to, col. frontis., 27 photos., 10 fldg. maps + 9 in text. Clowes, For the Regt. 1953  #56832
[HLMainPic] All main fronts in WW2 inc. Dunkirk, Anzio, two bns. in Burma (one with Chindits), Normandy landings, race to Arnhem &c. Roll of Hon., awards. Orig. cloth, VG. See illustration on our website.   £30
CARFRAE (Charles) Chindit Column. 1st Ed., 194pp., 13 photos., 4 maps. VG in dw. Kimber. 1985  #53532
[HLMainPic] Personal account by OC 29th Column (7th Nigeria Regt.) in 1944 Chindit op. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £15
FERGUSSON (Bernard) Beyond the Chindwin: Being an Account of the Adventures of Number Five Column of the Wingate Expedition into Burma, 1943. 1st Ed., 255pp., 11 photos., 7 maps. VG in dw. Collins. 1945  #58104
[HLMainPic] Standard account of first Chindit expedition by the famous Column Commander, with list of officers, order of battle &c. VG in dw copy of the 1st Edition. See illustration on our website.   £15
GIBBS (Lt.-Col. H.R.K.) Historical Record of the 6th Gurkha Rifles. Volume II, 1919-1948. 1st Ed., xix+320pp., portrait frontis., 21 photos., 5 fldg. maps. Aldershot: G&P. 1955  #57883
[HLMainPic] Several inter-war Waziristan & NWF forays; WW2 three bns. in Burma (one with Chindits), one in PAIFORCE & Italy. Roll of Hon., awards & much excellent detail. Perkins 504. Orig. rifle green cloth, silver gilt, little speckled/stained, VG. See illustration on our website.   £145
RHODES JAMES (Richard) Chindit. 1st Ed., x+214pp., 21 photos., 3 maps, diagram. VG in dw. Murray. 1980  #56183
[HLMainPic] Excellent account by Cipher officer of Masters' 111 Bde. in the 1944 Chindit op. VG in dw. See illustration on our website.   £10
WINGATE (Orde) Special Force Commander's Training Notes No. 1. 1st Ed., 10pp. Printed by Luckdist [i.e. Lucknow District] Press. nd [but 1943].  #58640
[HLMainPic] Rare Chindit training manual, designated SECRET: A discourse on "General Rules for the employment of Forces of Deep Penetration in modern warfare" including: What is Deep Penetration?; Necessary Conditions for Deep Penetration; Factors governing the operation of Deep Penetration; Nature & Target; Command & Control; Principles of Operation of Columns of Deep Penetration; The meaning & use of Mobility; Employment of Aircraft in the role of Supporting Artillery. "Note - These Training Notes are intended as a supplement to the authorised Training Memoranda issued by Special Force H.Q.... an attempt has been madeto throw additional light on the various problems in order to stimulate officers to think for themselves, & to obtain a comprehensive grasp of the wrafre which they will have to wage. The notes have been written independently of the authorised Training Memoranda, & will at times be found to overlap the latter." The first of six such Training Notes penned by Wingate, this with ink inscrip. "Lt. Burns" i.e., Major B.S. Burns, 3rd/6th Gurkha Rifles, who served in Calvert's 77th Brigade during the second Chindit expedition, & was awarded an immediate MC at White City during hand-to-hand fighting alongside Lt. Cairns, who was awarded a posthumous VC for the same action. VG & rare survival: no indication of number printed but presumably only for Special Force officers so in the low hundreds at most: printed code "15H43" may indicate printed 15th May 1943, at which time SF was in training. See illustration on our website.   £145
WINGATE (Orde) Special Force Commander's Training Notes No. 6. 1st Ed., 8pp. No imprint/date [but 1943].  #58641
[HLMainPic] Rare Chindit training manual, designated SECRET: A discourse on "Employment of Aircraft with Troops of Deep Penetration" including Close support against defended enemy positions; Close support in ambush or on other unrehearsed occasion; Tactical support asked for as a result of definite information, &c. "It is true to say that if we learn to bring the power available in the air to our support in the manner which is normally possible, although not hitherto practised, Columns will possess a means of driving the enemy out of territory without other supporting weapons." The last of six such Training Notes penned by Wingate, this with ink inscrip. "Lt. Burns" i.e., Major B.S. Burns, 3rd/6th Gurkha Rifles, who served in Calvert's 77th Brigade during the second Chindit expedition, & was awarded an immediate MC at White City during hand-to-hand fighting alongside Lt. Cairns, who was awarded a posthumous VC for the same action. VG & rare survival: no indication of number printed but presumably only for Special Force officers so in the low hundreds at most. See illustration on our website.   £145

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