Orde Wingate and his impact on modern warfare

Nov 2019
82
United States
Wingate has always been an intriguing figure to me. There are many who see him as a creator of modern special forces ideals, and an inovator in vertical envelopment.

So looking for your thoughts and appreciations.

Much of contemporary British commentators view were often negative, and quite often those in the international sphere were more appreciative of his efforts. Here is one British analysis:

 
Sep 2012
1,140
Tarkington, Texas
Orde Wingate was a harsh person that showed very eccentric behaviors. In a time of declining high quality British manpower, he wrecked a British Infantry Division by taking all the young, healthy men. He also acquired a number of other British and Gurkha Battalions (plus an African Brigade). He even raided two Artillery Battalions to acquire men. Every time he went into the field he ruined the Battalions he took in. Strangely enough he did not want any Indian Battalions.

The Chindits were trained for one kind of warfare and were actually used in another. His first Brigade had to replace all the Battalions he took into Burma. His use of aerial supply was the best thing lesson learned in his campaigns.

Pruitt
 
Nov 2019
82
United States
From all that I have read of the Chindets it would be very hard to describe his personnel as 1st raters. There were at best second raters, often personnel who were older, inexperienced, and vastly untrained for their regular army roles. He possessed both Indian and Burmese troops as well.

It would be true to say his units were often destroyed, but generally after commiting more chaos than forces larger than his own might have expected. The Japanese spent considerable resources accounting for the Chndits as they, the Japanese admitted.