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#OnThisDay 1943: The first Chindit operation in Burma – Operation ‘Longcloth’ – begins. In September 1942, the Indian 14th Division launched a failed campaign to recapture the Arakan coastal plain in western Burma. The Japanese put up a strong resistance and the campaign fizzled out after a series of setbacks and retreats early in 1943. With the failure of this offensive, British Brigadier Orde Wingate was given permission to mount a long-range raid behind Japanese lines. This became Operation 'Longcloth'. The Chindits suffered high casualties and much of the damage they inflicted on Japanese rail communications was rapidly repaired. But the operation delivered a much-needed boost to demoralised Allied troops. Image © IWM (IND 2078)
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War Memorials of Norton in Hertfordshire
Norton is a small village in Hertfordshire, one of the three original villages which were absorbed into Letchworth Garden City, the other two being Willian and Old Letchworth. The village is known to have existed by 1007, with remains of the medieval settle...

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War Grave and Roll of Honour for Holwell, Hertfordshire
Holwell is a small village and a civil parish two miles north of Hitchin in Hertfordshire, England, near the Bedfordshire border. The church is unusual and, although largely rebuilt, retains some perpendicular features and an interesting brass to Rector Rob...

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Xmas is here and now for the trifles . . .
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War Memorials of Radwell
Radwell is a village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England. It is situated close to the A1 a little to the north of Baldock and Letchworth Garden City and is in the district of North Hertfordshire. [1] "The parish of Radwell lies in the extreme northwe...

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Clothall War Memorial
Clothall is a village in the civil parish of Clothall and Luffenhall in Hertfordshire, England with a population of 358. It is situated 2.25 miles (3.62 km) south-east of Baldock, and is in the district of North Hertfordshire. The village contains the Churc...

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Digswell and Harmer Green War Memorial
Digswell is an ancient village in the English county of Hertfordshire which is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book. The present Digswell residential area centred on Welwyn North station has a population of about 1600, with a shop or two, and a pub called the...

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Digswell and Harmer Green War Memorial
Digswell is an ancient village in the English county of Hertfordshire which is recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book. The present Digswell residential area centred on Welwyn North station has a population of about 1600, with a shop or two, and a pub called the...

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War Memorial of Sandon in Hertfordshire
Sandon is a village in North Hertfordshire. Sandon is located near the towns of Baldock and Buntingford and has a church called All Saints Church. The church dates back to the 14th century but was partially restored in 1875. The WW1 memorial consists of a m...

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War Memorials of Walkern in Hertfordshire
Walkern ('Walchra' in Domesday) is a village and civil parish in East Hertfordshire. It is located on the River Beane about two miles from Stevenage, and is noted as the home of Jane Wenham, who was in 1712 the last woman in England to be convicted of witch...
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