THE LIONS OF BURMA

THE CHINDITS BY NUMBERS

The Chindits endured the extreme privations of Burma’s hills, jungles and teak forests to bring the fight to the Japanese. John Ash unpicks the key numerics telling their story

1,000-mile springboard

In March 1942, with Japan making huge gains in Burma and seizing its capital, R angoon, British and Indian units had to withdraw up the Irrawaddy and Sittang valleys in appalling conditions, across tough terrain, harried by a determined enemy. By mid-May the British had been ejected from Burma, having withdrawn 1,000 miles. It remains the longest retreat in British military history.

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