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Lentaigne, Walter David Alexander (1899-1955)


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"Joe" Lentaigne was the son of a British judge in Burma and served for many years with a Gurkha regiment. His battalion was ordered to secure the west bank of the Sittang during the retreat from Moulmein and so escaped the debacle when the bridge was demolished with most of the rest of 17 Indian Division still on the east bank. He was later commended for his vigorous leadership in the retreat up the Irrawady Valley.

Lentaigne commanded 111 Indian Brigade during the Chindit Operation THURSDAY. Although he was skeptical of Wingate's theory of Long Range Penetration, he was chosen to succeed Wingate in command of the Chindits after the latter's death in an aircraft crash, perhaps because he shared with Slim a background in commanding Gurkha units. He has been criticized for failing to stand up for the Chindits with Stilwell and for the decision to abandon the "White City" block in favor the the "Blackpool" stronghold, which was too close to the Japanese front lines and was quickly rendered untenable by artillery fire.

Service record

1899-7-15      

Born
1918-10-1
Second lieutenant      
4 Gurkha Rifles
1919-10-1
First lieutenant

1924-10-1
Captain

1935-1-10

Staff College Camberley
1936-10-1
Major

1938-7-3

Quartermaster General Branch, Headquarters India Army
1940-11-29     
Lieutenant colonel     
Instructor, Staff College Quetta
1941-7-19

Commander, 1 Battalion, 4 Prince of Wales' Own Gurkha Rifles
1942-7-5
Commander, 63 Indian Brigade
1943-2-6
Brigadier     
Commander, 111 Indian Brigade
1944-3-30

Acting commander, 3 Indian Division
1945-3-30
Major general     
Commander, 39 Indian Division
1946

Imperial War College
1947-2-18

Director, Military Operations, Army Headquarters India
1947-5-15

Deputy Quartermaster-General, Indian Army
1948-3-16

Commandant, Staff College Quetta
1955-5-12

Retires
1955-6-24

Dies

References

Allen (1984)

Generals.dk (accessed 2011-10-17)

Palmer (2011; accessed 2011-10-17)

Slim (1956)



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