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CHIPS Articles: U.K. and U.S. close cooperation achieved World War II victory

U.K. and U.S. close cooperation achieved World War II victory
GCHQ and NSA continue to celebrate 75 years of partnership
By NSA News - February 24, 2021
FORT MEADE, Md. — On March 5, 1944, a combined British–Indian unit known as the Chindits began parachute and glider landings behind Japanese lines in Burma. The drop included equipment and earth-moving machinery sufficient to build a large base within enemy territory.

The Chindit commanders used Communication Intelligence (COMINT) exclusively in their planning and operations, as did the U.S. Army Air Forces leadership. The British and Americans cooperated closely in developing COMINT and using it in operations in Burma.

Air support for this operation was provided by the U.S. 1st Air Commando Group. The Chindit commander, U.K. Brigadier Orde Wingate, had good relations with the Americans. In fact, Wingate sent a message to the Air Commando group saying, “We will go with your boys, any place, anytime, anywhere.” This phrase became the group’s motto, which is still used today in its successor unit, the U.S. Air Force Special Forces Command.

U.S. Army Col. Phillip Cochran, the commander of the 1st Air Commando Group, flies an aircraft over Burma during World War II. Cochran’s achievements and struggles in the Pacific, as well as those of U.S. Army Lt. Col. John Alison, reinforced the need for a separate and independent Air Force branch of service and paved the way for many technological advances in aviation in the years since. (Courtesy Photo)
U.K. Brigadier Orde Wingate. (Courtesy Photo from the U.S. Army Center of Military History)
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