Where is it? #11

The eleventh in the series in which we ask you to identify where in London this picture was taken and what it’s of (this week, we’ll give you a clue – this weekend is Remembrance Sunday!). If you reckon you know the answer, leave a comment below. We’ll reveal the answer early next week. Good luck!

Seems this one had people stumped. This mythical beast stands on top of a monument built to honor the Chindits outside the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall, near the corner of Victoria Embankment and Richmond Terrace. It commemorates all those who fought in Burma in 1943 and 1944 with the Chindit Special Forces. The Chindits were an allied Special Force – consisting of soldiers from the UK, Burma, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, West Africa and the US – and were formed under the command of Major General Orde Wingate to fight behind Japanese lines, relying on airdrops for their supplies. The mythical beast is a Chinthe, a guardian of Burmese temples, from which the group derived their name. The memorial was unveiled in 1990. For more on the Chindits and the role they played, see www.chindits.info.

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