A historical perspective on light infantry by Scott R McMichael; Combat Studies Institute (U.S.)

By Scott R McMichael; Combat Studies Institute (U.S.)

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Problems in this area, if not solved promptly, could hold a jungle column up for hours on a river bank. During the course of the operation, the men grew to love many of their animals, and they cared for and protected them just as if they were fellow soldiers. Incidentally, the Special Force debrayed their pack animals for security. Hunter, however, refused to debray Galahad's animals, stating that braying was one of the few pleasures a jackass enjoyed. He later claimed that to his knowledge their brays never posed a noise problem.

For a battalion and a half (the Morris Force) and Herring's little mission (the Dah Force) it was a handsome dividend, and a vindication of Wingate's purer, earlier doctrine. 26 Initially, the 111th Brigade, before it was ordered north to establish the Blackpool block at Hopin, also pursued the same kind of tactics in its target area northwest of Indaw and with similar excellent results. 2 7 23 C5 ,10 E >-I tJ Iq (la Lieutenant General Joseph W. Stilwell awarding medals at Myitkyina. Colonel Charles N.

They represent an excellent example of light infantry forces making use of indigenous resources and cooperating with local irregulars. Logistics Chindit logistics depended entirely on two means: airplanes, to deliver supplies deep in enemy territory; and mules and horses, to haul them once they were received. Everything the Chindits needed came by air. Without the services of the No. 1 Air Commando and the 2d Troop Carrier Command (which supplied the 5307th), no Chindit expedition would have been possible.

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