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Orde Wingate
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Military Personnel
    (February 26, 1903-March 24, 1944)
    Born in Naini Tal, India
    British Major-General
    Creator of special military units
    Organized 'Special Night Squads' in Palestine during the Arab Revolt (1936-39)
    During World War II, organized the Gideon Force in East Africa and the Chindits in Burma
    Died in a plane crash in northeast India
    In Palestine, he imposed collective punishments on Arab villages so severe that they drew criticism from Zionist leaders as well as his superiors in the British army.
    While suffering from malaria and depression, he attempted suicide by stabbing himself in the neck.
    An early attempt to toughen the troops of the Chindit units by having them camp in the jungle during the rainy season resulted in some battalions having 70% of their men unavailable due to illness.
    He often wore a raw onion on a string around his neck, occasionally taking a bite for a snack.
    He would come out the shower and give subordinates orders while wearing nothing but a shower cap.
    Winston Churchill's personal physician, Lord Moran, said that Wingate 'seemed to me hardly sane -- in medical jargon a borderline case.'
    His strict parents kept him from socializing with other children until age 12.
    Israeli general Moshe Dayan said Wingate 'taught us everything we know.'
    His Gideon Force of 1,700 men captured 20,000 Italian troops in the East Africa campaign.
    Long-range jungle penetration missions by his Chindits disrupted Japanese offensives in India and Burma in 1943 and 1944.
    Churchill called him 'a man of genius who might well have become also a man of destiny.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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