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Major-General (acting) W.D.A Lentaigne CBE DSO

[Transcript of Recommendation of Award]

C.B.E. - Chindits Awards



Special Force


Late 4 Gurkha Rifles / Commander 3rd Indian Division (Special Force)

Date of Recommendation

Oct 44

Regtl. No.

IA 145

Rank and Name

A/Major General Walter David Alexander Lentaigne DSO

Action for which recommended -

Special Force operations in Burma during period 1st Mar 44 - 31st Aug 44.

Major General LENTAIGNE originally commanded 111 Bde which he trained and took into Burma by air. His Brigade reached a very high standard and distinguished itself both under his command and that of his successor.

When Major General WINGATE was killed in an air crash Major General LENTAIGNE was appointed to succeed him. The success of the operations which were arduous in the extreme and called for a high degree of courage and endurance was largely due to General LENTAIGNE's leadership and power of organisation. He co-operated closely with the Chinese American forces in the operations around MYITKINA and MOGAUNG which was captured by 77 Bde of the Special Force.

I recommend him for the award of C.B.E

Recommended By

(Signed) G.Giffard General,
C-in-C 11 Army Group.
31 Oct 44.

Honour or Reward


(London Gazette 26.4.45)