Mike 77th Indian Infantry Brigade, commanded by Brigadier Michael Clavert, fought his first action of Operation Thursday on 12 March 1944, when its leading elements attacked and pushed away a detachment of Japanese railway and other administrative troops near the strategic railway line at Henu. The Chindits immediately began fortifying a series of small hills overlooking the railway. A nearby hill feature , Pagoda Hill - was occupied by the enemy. The following day the enemy opened fire as the Chindits dug in. A fierce counter attack was launched on the afternoon of 13 March, led by Brigadier Michael Calvert, involving a mixed force of South Staffordshires and Gurkkas to eject the Japanese and restore morale. The men raced across the open paddy andup Pagoda Hill and as they approached the Japanese counter-charged. A furious hand to hand melee raged in an area of about 50 square yards wih grenades, bayonets, kukris/machetes and revolvers freely employed. It was in the ensuing chaos that Lt Cairns was severely wounded. A final charge by the Chindits cleared the position with the Japs retreating from Pagoda Hill to Mawlu. Sourced from Chindit 1942-45 (Osprey books). I have nt added the descriptive of Lt Geroge Cairns VC as it previous text. Obviously though I am in no way forgetting his bravery and commitment to the overall event and the final outcome.