Allan George profiles the unconventional soldier who took the war to the Japanese using World War Two’s largest special operations force

Major-General Orde Wingate, arguably the most controversial of Britain’s general officers in World War Two, was “a man of genius” in the judgement of Winston Churchill. He was the architect and exponent of unorthodox behind-the-lines campaigns against the Italians in Abyssinia and the Japanese in Burma, a bizarrely eccentric, strong-willed and original thinker who attracted opposition from more traditional officers, who regarded him as a military misfit.

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