Evening Talk by Piers Storie-Pugh
6.15pm Thursday 24 October, 2019 in The Kincaid Gallery, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum.
The Chindits gained their name from the mystical lion that guarded the Burmese temples. They were the brainchild of the unorthodox and charismatic General Orde Wingate who personally led the 1943 Operation ‘Longcloth’ hundreds of miles behind the Japanese lines. The only operation into Burma that year, it was initially a mystery to the Japanese who knew neither the purpose of the operation nor how the troops were sustained. Ordered back to Impahl after four months, of the 3,000 officers and men that went into Burma only 2,182 came back ………. having covered between 1,000 and 1,500 miles deep in enemy held territory. They were in poor condition but in high spirits and proud of their achievements. Of those that returned only about 600 were passed fit for further active service.
Their exploits fired the imagination of Winston Churchill and as a result Wingate was ordered to raise five Brigades in support of General Stillwell’s American Chinese Army and return to operations behind Japanese lines in Burma to cut the essential supply lines of the Japanese troops facing Stilwell’s army. The Chindits blew up bridges, harassed Japanese lines of supply and slowed their advance to Kohima and Imphal, the key positions defending the invasion route from Burma into India.
Piers Storie-Pugh will tell the story of the Chindit operations and their amazing exploits in 1943 and 1944 that did so much to light a flame of hope in the darkest hours.
Piers Storie-Pugh served in the Regular and Territorial Army for 30 years. he commanded the 6th/7th Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and was Deputy Commander 2nd Infantry Brigade. Piers set up ‘Remembrance Travel’ in 1985 for The Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence organising tours to all parts of the world for relatives and veterans. In 200 he assisted in the setting up and running of a special programme of tours to The Great War and Normandy for army recruits. He is a member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides and continues to lead tours especially in Europe and the Far East.
Tickets for the talk, including a glass of wine and canapes after the talk, cost £20.00 per person (£17.50) for Friends and can be purchased online through the Museum shop –