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1 Air Commando and the 2d Troop Carrier Command (which supplied the 5307th), no Chindit expedition would have been possible. The concept of long-range penetration was tied directly to air supply. Chindit I had proven that air supply was feasible; Chindit II stretched the concept to its limits and gave new meaning to the scale of deep penetration. Ingenuity, innovation, and energy formed the basis for the Chindit air lifeline. Air operations required good, reliable communications; expert liaison; fast responses to Chindit requests; well-executed SOPs; fighter protection; and bold, skilled pilots.

Problems in this area, if not solved promptly, could hold a jungle column up for hours on a river bank. During the course of the operation, the men grew to love many of their animals, and they cared for and protected them just as if they were fellow soldiers. Incidentally, the Special Force debrayed their pack animals for security. Hunter, however, refused to debray Galahad's animals, stating that braying was one of the few pleasures a jackass enjoyed. He later claimed that to his knowledge their brays never posed a noise problem.

Hunter, however, refused to debray Galahad's animals, stating that braying was one of the few pleasures a jackass enjoyed. He later claimed that to his knowledge their brays never posed a noise problem. Apparently, the mules were just too tired to bray. 20 Training periods ended with lengthy field-training exercises under nearcombat conditions. Wingate further stamped his influence here, frequently delivering scathing scathing critiques to commanders and units that did not measure up to his exacting standards.

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