"Winston Churchill described [Orde] Wingate as a 'man of genius who might well have become a man of destiny.' Tragically, he died in an aircraft crash in an Indian jungle in 1944. Like his famous kinsman Lawrence of Arabia, Wingate was renown for being an unorthodox soldier, inclined to reject received patterns of military thought. He was a fundamentalist Christian with a zealous certainty of himself and his mission. He is best remembered as the charismatic and abrasive leader of the Chindits. With the support of [General Archibald] Wavell, he was responsible for pioneering a strategy of using independent groups deep behind enemy lines, support only by air drops. Wingate led the charge of 2,000 Ethiopians and the Sudan Defence Force into Italian-occupied Abyssinia. Remarkably, he defeated a 40,000-strong enemy that was supported by aircraft and artillery, resources Wingate did not possess. Despite his achievements, Wingate suffered from illness and depression and attempted suicide in Cairo. He was not universally liked: his romantic Zionism contrasted with the traditional Arabist notions. He did, however, lead from the front and marched, ate and bunked with his men. In this ... biography ... [the author] brings to life a ruthless, complex, arrogant - but ultimately admirable - general"--P.  of cover.