There was a glass in front of me, at the counter where I was buying the longcloth
; and--in that glass-- I saw one of the shopmen point to my shoulder and whisper to another.
The previous year, he had formulated Operation Longcloth, a British attempt at long-range penetration in northern Burma by land and over the Irrawaddy River.
Wingate wrote an after-action report on Longcloth, and it eventually reached British Prime Minister Winston Churchill himself.
During Operation Longcloth, evacuation hadn't been an option.
In the early months of 1943 the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade, the "Chindits", under Brigadier Orde Wingate, began Operation Longcloth
, driving far behind Japanese lines into the heart of Burma.
The following domestic utensils were used to prepare the beverage: cups, spoons, knives, measuring cups, stainless steel pans, balance with a precision of 1 gram, blender, 30 cm long piece of white longcloth
, domestic centrifuge, fine mesh plastic sieve, cooker and refrigerator.
For Operation Longcloth
, Wingate divided his 3,000 rigorously trained British and Gurkha infantry into seven columns and found enough gaps in the Japanese positions along the east bank of the Chindwin river to get them and about 1,000 terrified pack mules over it.
In February 1943, the famed Operation Longcloth
began, with 3,000 Chindits, led by Wingate.
Just two-thirds of the Chindit troops who embarked upon Operation LONGCLOTH
in February 1943, a marginally successful four-month incursion into Burma, returned.
Wingate, commander of the famed Chindits, first led them in Operation Longcloth, a long-range penetration of Japanese lines in Burma, during the Spring of 1943.
Though deeply troubled by unreliable resupply of his troops and the inability to safely evacuate his wounded during Longcloth, Wingate determined to try again.
He heroically took part in the force's most famous mission, Operation Longcloth
, under Major General Orde Wingate.