General Orde Wingate and an American Liason Officer in discussion with a Chindit.
© IWM (MH 7864)

Simon Browne began an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled ‘Soldiers of Stamina and Daring: Exploring the Lives and Legacies of Major General David Lloyd-Owen and Major General Orde Wingate’ in October 2016. A partnership between IWM and the University of Manchester, his research looks at material concerning the establishment, organisation and history of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) – a reconnaissance and raiding unit which carried out deep penetration, patrols, and covert operations behind enemy lines. The project explores how the personalities of Major Generals David Lloyd-Owen and Orde Wingate are expressed in the papers and other materials held by IWM, and the impact of their personalities on the units they led. Considering the legendary status of the LRDG and the Chindits in popular culture, the research investigates the process of constructing a heroic image for a leader, the extent to which either man knowingly contributed to that process, and the different public legacies of Lloyd Owen, who survived the war, and Wingate, who did not.