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Orde Wingate (Burma Campaign) Collections

Date range: 1942-1984.

Three collections relating to Major-General Orde Wingate (1903-1944), the Chindits and the Burma Campaign of the Second World War.

In 1943 Wingate formed and trained a `long-range penetration force' to operate behind Japanese lines after the Allied retreat from Burma. Known as the Chindits, they were supplied by air and fought for some six weeks before withdrawing. Wingate trained and commanded a second, larger force which was landed by air in early 1944.

The collections were amassed by Derek Tulloch, Peter Mead and Dennis Hawley. The largest collection is that of Tulloch, whose papers relate mainly to his book Wingate in War and Peace (London, 1972), and include notes, drafts, correspondence, typescript accounts by ex-servicemen of their experiences with the Chindits, printed works on the Burma Campaign in English and Japanese, and contemporary Chindit papers. The latter comprise signals, despatches and reports by Wingate and other officers on operations, special force diaries of events, and correspondence.

Mead's papers were compiled in connection with his book Orde Wingate and the Historians (Braunton, 1987), but there are also unpublished writings, and papers on research into the medical aspects of the Chindit campaign.

The small Hawley collection includes material relating to The Death of Wingate and Subsequent Events (Braunton, 1994), unpublished writings and maps.

Finding aids

Unpublished outline lists.


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