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Implementing the new idea demanded that the Chindits switch from being guerrilla fighters to conventional warriors from one week to the next. The training for Chindit II reflected this concept to some degree. ) Brigade was based was above all versatility. Versatility of maneuvre due to air supply and air casualty clearance. Versatility of power in that such a brigade could penetrate through every type of country in eight columns of about 400 men each, like the fingers of one's hand, and then concentrate in bringing the fingers together to clutch at the throat of the enemy when his attention had been duly scattered, or so strike a blow with a clenched fist at an important objective.
Perhaps the best example was the Morris Force, which operated against Japanese lines of communication situated along the Bhamo-Myitkyina road. Because the Morris Force was too 22 Il Q it 10 »s Action at Broadway weak to establish a permanent block, it had to perform a harassing, interdictory role instead. The mountains just to the east of the main supply route (MSR) provided an excellent refuge for these marauding columns. The effectiveness of the operations of the Morris Force and the Dah Force (another small British element led by Colonel Herring that used Kachin tribesmen for raiding in the same area) is described clearly by Brigadier Shelford Bidwell: The three Gurkha columns (of the Morris Force) between them , .
Without it, Chindit casualties would undoubtedly have been higher and effectiveness lower. On finishing their training, the Chindits were given time to recuperate and recover their strength before initiating actual operations. Regenerated, the Chindits crossed into Burma with high morale and supreme confidence. The second theme of the training was "jungle craft"-a regimen through which Galahad and the Special Force received expert-level training in all the vital skills needed to operate behind the enemy's lines in trackless jungle.