Wingate in Peace and War – Major-General Derek Tulloch (1972)


Wingate in Peace and War – Major-General Derek Tulloch (1972)


Title: Wingate in Peace and War: An Account of the Chindit Commander

Author: Major-General Derek Tulloch, Major General John Alison (foreword), Sir Robert Thompson (foreword)

Publisher: History Book Club, 1972.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Some foxing to edges and endpapers. Else good. 300pp., app 8.5″x5.5″.

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About the book (from jacket flap):

A question-mark still hangs over the career of Orde Wingate. Few doubt that the Chindit Commander was a brave and resourceful soldier. But since his death on active service in 1944 his personal character and military effectiveness have been heavily criticised, both publicly and privately.

Major-General Derek Tulloch is well-placed to examine these criticisms. He knew Wingate from the time when they were cadets at the ‘Shop’ (the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich) until Wingate’s death when Tulloch was serving as his Chief Staff Officer in Burma.

About Wingate (from Wikipedia):

Major General Orde Charles Wingate, DSO & Two Bars (26 February 1903 – 24 March 1944) was a senior British Army officer known for his creation of the Chindit deep-penetration missions in Japanese-held territory during the Burma Campaign of the Second World War.

Wingate was an exponent of unconventional military thinking and the value of surprise tactics. Assigned to Mandatory Palestine, he became a supporter of Zionism, and set up a joint British-Jewish counter-insurgency unit. Under the patronage of the area commander Archibald Wavell, Wingate was given increasing latitude to put his ideas into practice during the Second World War. He created units in Abyssinia and Burma.

At a time when Britain was in need of morale-boosting generalship, Wingate attracted British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s attention with a self-reliant aggressive philosophy of war, and was given resources to stage a large-scale operation. The last Chindit campaign may have determined the outcome of the Battle of Kohima, although the offensive into India by the Japanese may have occurred because Wingate’s first operation had demonstrated the possibility of moving through the jungle. In practice, both Japanese and British forces suffered severe supply problems and malnutrition.

Wingate was killed in an aircraft accident late in the war. The casualty rate the Chindits suffered, especially from disease, is a continuing controversy. Wingate believed that resistance to infection could be improved by inculcating a tough mental attitude, but medical officers considered his methods unsuited to a tropical environment.