|Order of the Day.
(Issued to Columns as they crossed the Chindwin, 13th to 17th February 1943).
Today we stand on the threshold of battle. The time of preparation is over,
and we are moving on the enemy to prove ourselves and our methods. At this moment we stand
beside the soldiers of the United Nations in the front line trenches around the world. It is always a minority
that occupies the front line. It is a still smaller minority that accepts with a good heart tasks like this
that we have chosen to carry out. We need not, therefore, as we go forward into the conflict, suspect ourselves of
selfish or interested motives. We have all had the opportunity to withdrawing and we are here because we have
chosen to be here; that is, we have chosen to bear the burden and heat of the day. Men who make this choice are
above the average in courage. We need therefore have no fear for the staunchness and guts of our comrades.
The motive which has led each and all of us to devote
ourselves to what lies ahead cannot conceivably have been a bad motive. Comfort and security are not sacrificed
voluntarily for the sake of others by ill-disposed people. Our motive, therefore, may be taken to be the desire to
serve our day and generation in the way that seems nearest to our hand. The battle is not always to the strong nor
the race to the swift. Victory in war cannot be counted upon, but what can be counted upon is that we shall go
forward determined to do what we can to bring this war to the end which we believe best for our friends and comrades
in arms, without boastfulness or forgetting our duty, resolved to do the right so far as we can see the right.
Our aim is to make possible a government of the world in which all men can live at peace and with equal opportunity
Finally, knowing the vanity of man's effort and the
confusion of his purpose, let us pray that God may accept our services and direct our endeavours so that when we
shall have done all we shall see the fruit of our labours and be satisfied.
O.C. Wingate, Commander,
77th Indian Infantry Brigade.
Chindit Patch courtesy of Michael Williams. (Captain-Retd-2KORR),
2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, 111 Brigade, "Blackpool", Burma, 1944