Definition of Chindit in US English:



  • A member of the Allied forces behind the Japanese lines in Burma in 1943–45.

    • ‘By penetrating deep into enemy territory, the Chindits sought to disrupt Japanese lines of communication and are regarded by many as having played an important role in the course of events of the war in the Far East.’
    • ‘More successful was their use by the Air Commando which, in March 1944, landed some of the Chindits by glider behind Japanese lines in Burma.’
    • ‘Wingate, founder of the Chindits in Burma, took ordinary soldiers and turned them into commandos.’
    • ‘Six decades later, Heppell and a handful of Chindits in their 80s returned to Myanmar in March to visit, perhaps for the last time, overgrown battlesites, and to place crosses for fallen comrades.’
    • ‘The Chindits also sent information back to the Royal Air Force to assist their operations.’
    • ‘It contrasts strangely with the view of the Japanese who freely admitted that it was the Chindits who forced them to abandon northern Burma.’
    • ‘It took off during the Second World War, when the forces produced by all sides included the original Special Force, the Chindits, raised by Orde Wingate to infiltrate Japanese-held Burma.’
    • ‘The third prong would consist of a drive by the 14th British Army into central Burma behind the Chindits.’
    • ‘Airpower was the key to the use of the lightly armed forces, which were dubbed Chindits; they would be supplied and supported solely by airplanes.’
    • ‘After extensive training at Ramgarh, the 3,000 Chindits moved more than 200 miles behind Japanese lines in Burma.’
    • ‘The officer was Orde Wingate and the force was the legendary Chindits - named after the stone tigers that guarded temples in Burma.’
    • ‘He was then put in charge of the Chindit force to operate in Burma behind the Japanese lines, using radio to keep in touch and supplied from the air.’
    • ‘Specialist units increased, ranging from airborne forces to the Chindits and commandos.’
    • ‘After training with the Chindits (the force they were supporting) for three months they performed their first mission.’
    • ‘During the Second World War, Major General Orde Wingate's Chindits perfected their use in guerilla actions against the Japanese in the Burmese jungle.’
    • ‘The Chindits were recruited from the British Army and the Indian Army and were specially-trained, combat-seasoned troops.’
    • ‘Called by Wavell, he went to India in 1942, and created and led the Chindits.’
    • ‘Webster chose the vignettes wisely, including accounts of Orde Wingate and the Chindits, Merrill's Marauders, and Chennault's Flying Tigers.’
    • ‘Between mid-February and the end of March 1943, Wingate led his 3,000 Chindits into Burma, where they seriously disrupted Japanese communications.’
    • ‘Led by Col. Philip Cochran, the Air Commandos began supporting deep incursions by the Chindits into Burma to disrupt enemy communications and supply lines.’


Second World War: from Burmese chinthé, a mythical creature.