Britain’s Secret War

Britain’s Secret War

The Indonesian Confrontation 1962–66

Men-at-Arms 431
  • Author: Will Fowler
  • Illustrator: Kevin Lyles
  • Short code: MAA 431
  • Publication Date: 5 Jul 2006
  • ISBN: 9781846030482
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

The 'Confrontation' between Malaysia and Indonesia in Borneo - the war against Indonesian raids across a 900-mile border - eventually involved nearly 20,000 British and Commonwealth troops, with air and naval support; and yet, by mutual consent, astonishingly little was reported at the time. This 'secret war' saw the perfection of SAS jungle tactics and audacious secret missions deep inside enemy territory, including the award to a Gurkha soldier of the British Army's only 'living VC' for 40 years. This book will reveal the experiences of the soldiers who survived and succeeded amidst some of the world's worst jungle terrain.

Biographical Note

Will Fowler has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, reporting for European, American, Asian and Arabic magazines from Europe, the USA, the Middle East, China and SE Asia. Among his more than 30 published books is the best-selling MAA 133 Battle for the Falklands: Land Forces. A TA soldier for 30 years, he was commissioned from the ranks in 4th Bn Royal Green Jackets, and volunteered for Operation 'Granby' in the Gulf, 1990-91. In 1993 he graduated from the French Army reserve staff officers course at the École Militaire, Paris. Will is married and lives in Romsey, Hampshire.Kevin Lyles is an expert on the history of the Vietnam conflict, and a talented illustrator of 20th century military subjects. He has illustrated several books for Osprey, and has also written titles on the US Army in Vietnam, a subject in which he has a long-standing interest. He lives and works in Hertfordshire, UK.

Contents

The political background Confrontation: General Walker's operational principles, ‘Hearts and minds' Indonesian Cross-border Attacks 1963-64 Mainland Raids, 1964-65 The Confrontation in the Air Tactics ‘Claret' Operations: SAS, Australian SAS, New Zealand SAS The Last Year

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