From: United States
Stillwell was gifted in many ways and apparently a jerk across the board. He was contemptuous of the Chinese and British. He fed exhausted, disabled men into battle. But he was an equal opportunity tyrant. He treated Merrill's Marauders the same way. After the war, one of the Marauders noted that he'd had his sights on Stillwell, could've taken the shot, and everybody would've thought it was a Japanese sniper. I don't think any of his troops, American, Chinese, British, Indian, Burmese, appreciated the way he used and abused his men.
IIRC, the Marauders were fighting the Japanese for control of a town, and Stillwell was so desperate for troops that he had his staff officers go through hospitals grabbing as many of sick and walking wounded that could still hold a rifle to send them back into battle. The problem was that when they got back to the battle, the medics and doctors at the aid stations would send them right back to the hospitals.
I wish I still had the book that was in. It was an excellent account of the war in Burma.
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