Join us for Longcloth, a challenging and rewarding four-day event hosted by 12th Kompanie Events and the Military Historical Preservation Group, in support of historical preservation and to remember the 80th anniversary of Operation Longcloth! This incredible event will take place from June 1st through 4th, 2023, at Cove Lake State Park in Tennessee.
Longcloth is a free event, but participants are encouraged to raise funds for donation through the MHPG website. By participating in Longcloth and raising funds, you will be honoring the memory of the brave men who served in the Chindits and contributed to the war effort in Burma. You will also be supporting the important work of the Chindit Society in preserving their legacy for future generations.
Participants will embark on a picturesque trek through the beautiful park, exploring the stunning natural landscapes and historic landmarks along the way. The highlight of the event will be a 28-mile hike that traverses sections of the Cumberland Trail over the course of two days, allowing participants to take their time and fully appreciate the stunning natural beauty of the area. This hike is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are up to the challenge, it will be a truly unforgettable experience. The Cumberland Trail is an important part of Tennessee's natural and cultural heritage, and we are excited to include it in our hike for historical preservation.
You'll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for historical preservation and outdoor adventure, all while enjoying the natural beauty of Tennessee. In addition to the 28-mile hike, Longcloth will feature a range of other activities and events, including educational programs, historical presentations, and more.
The Chindits were a British military unit that operated in Burma during World War II, and one of their most daring missions was Operation Longcloth. In February 1943, over 3,000 Chindits infiltrated deep into Japanese-held Burma, with the aim of disrupting enemy communications, destroying supply depots, and sowing confusion in the Japanese rear. The mission was a resounding success, with the Chindits inflicting heavy losses on the Japanese. However, the Chindits themselves suffered around 400 casualties, including both killed and wounded, and approximately 170 were taken prisoner by the Japanese. Many of these prisoners were subsequently tortured and executed by the Japanese, while others were sent to prisoner-of-war camps where they endured harsh conditions and mistreatment.
Longcloth is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to challenge yourself, support important causes, and experience the best of Tennessee's natural and cultural heritage. So gather your KIT and friends, lace up your ammo boots, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure for a great cause!
Event location: Cove Lake State Park
110 Cove Lake Lane Caryville, TN 37714 423-566-9701.
Park GPS Coordinates. 36.3092, -84.2111
Facebook page for Operation Longcloth
YouTube Trailer for the film project https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZoNX0CjRwg
Clik on the link to view a large pdf of the trail map. The red hashed trail is the route.
Join us for a memorable experience at Longcloth, a four-day event starting on June 1st, 2023, hosted by 12th Kompanie Events and the Military Historical Preservation Group in support of historical preservation and to remember the 80th anniversary of Operation Longcloth.
Registration for the event will begin at 12:00 pm on Thursday, June 1st, and is open for early arrivals. The march will begin at 7:00 am on Friday, June 2nd, starting at Tank Spring Trailhead and ending at Norma Rd Trailhead.
Registration and parking will take place at Cove Lake State Park in Tennessee, where an overnight camp will be available for Thursday night. From Cove Lake, participants will be shuttled to the start point of the route.
On Friday, participants will embark on a challenging 16-mile march to the first primitive camp location. Saturday's leg will cover 10-12 miles, ending at the relief camp for Saturday night camping. Although primitive, Saturday night's camping location will have more available amenities. Participants will be shuttled back to their vehicles on Sunday morning.
We encourage all participants to register early, especially those who plan to arrive on Thursday, to secure their spot. Longcloth is a free event, and participants are encouraged to raise funds for donation through the MHPG website. For more details, please contact event staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come join us for an unforgettable adventure for a great cause!
Registration address - Cove Lake State Park - 110 Cove Lake Lane Caryville, TN 37714 423-566-9701. Park GPS Coordinates. 36.3092, -84.2111
The donations for the Chindit Society's educational film project will primarily go towards the production and distribution of the Chindit Memorial Film. The film will be a tribute to the Chindits, a British guerrilla force that operated in Burma during World War II. It will feature interviews with Chindit veterans, archival footage, and on-site visits to the locations where the Chindits fought and lived.
Once completed, the Chindit Memorial Film will be available on The Chindit Society website, YouTube TV, and used as an educational and promotional tool at American and British universities with strong departments in modern history, conflict/defense, and related fields. The donations will be used to cover expenses such as equipment rental, filming and editing costs, travel expenses for the crew, necessary permits or licenses, and distribution costs.
In addition, a portion of the donations allocated to the Tennessee State Park will go towards the upkeep and expansion of the Cumberland Trail. This could include maintenance of trails, facilities, and other infrastructure within the park, as well as efforts to expand the park's boundaries, increase accessibility, and protect the natural environment.
Overall, the donations will be used to support the Chindit Society's efforts to document and preserve the history of veterans and their experiences, as well as to ensure the ongoing maintenance and improvement of a valuable public resource in the form of the Cumberland Trail. The Chindit Memorial Film will serve as an important educational and heritage promotional tool, not only on The Chindit Society website and YouTube TV but also at universities and special forces remembrance organizations in the US and UK. The film aims to educate and inspire audiences about the bravery and sacrifices made by the Chindits during World War II, and to preserve their legacy for future generations.