The name Chindits was chosen by General Orde Wingate in 1942 during the
training of his experimental Long Range Penetration force. The
name was derived
from the Burmese word Chinthe.
The Chinthe is a mythical creature,
half lion, half dragon and are guardians of Burmese pagodas. Their statues stand
guard outside the entrance of pagodas of
The Chindit shoulder badge consists of
a yellow Chinthe next to small yellow pagoda on a blue or black
background. It comes in either yellow cotton or gold bullion. The
shoulder title is curved with the word Chindit on it, in white or yellow
cotton with a rope border on blue or black background.