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John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) aka Jackie Coogan, American actor who began as a child actor in silent films. He enlisted in the US Army in 1941, as a glider pilot and volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group. In December 1943, the unit was sent to India. He flew British troops, the Chindits, under General Orde Wingate on March 5, 1944, landing them at night in a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines in the Burma campaign.

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Jackie Coogan, already famous as a child star in the '20s, enlisted in the US Army in march 1941. After Pearl Harbour, he requested a transfer to the US Army Air Forces as a glider pilot. After graduating from glider school, he volunteered for hazardous duty with the 1st Air Commando Group, and was sent to India in december 1943 to support the Burma campaign. In march 1944 he flew British troops, the Chindits, at night into a small jungle clearing 100 miles behind Japanese lines.

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The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand–Burma Railway and similar names, was a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan in 1943, to support its forces in the Burma campaign of World War II.

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Actor Jackie Coogan - In uniform before Pearl Harbor, Jackie Coogan transferred to the Air Force, won the Air Medal as a glider pilot in Burma, where he got this Japanese flag.

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Field Marshal William Joseph "Bill" Slim, 1st Viscount Slim KG, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, KStJ (6 Aug 1891 – 14 Dec 1970) British military commander and 13th Governor-General of Australia. Slim saw active service in both the 1st and 2nd world wars and was wounded in action three times. During WWII he led the 14th Army, the so-called "forgotten army" in the Burma campaign. From 1953 to 1959 he was Governor-General of Australia.

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The Chindits were a British India ‘Special Force’“ that served in Burma and India in 1943 and 1944 during the Burma Campaign in World War II.

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Marion Cotillard reads Bill L’éléphant. Vanity Fair Italy, September 2010. Photograph by Bruce Weber.

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African Soldiers of one of the forgotten stories of the Second World War and how Britain in its hour of need took almost 100,000 African soldiers to fight in the jungles of Burma against the all-conquering Japanese

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Burma Campaign, WW2: A lorry of the British 36th Infantry Division enters the town of Tigyiang during the advance down the Irrawaddy Valley towards Mandalay, 22 December 1944. Burma was Britain's longest campaign during WW2.

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The Chindits were a British India 'Special Force'" that served in Burma and India in 1943 and 1944 during the Burma Campaign in World War II. They were formed to put into effect Orde Wingate's newly developed guerrilla warfare tactic of long-range penetration.

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