Britain’s Secret War

The Indonesian Confrontation 1962–66

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Britain’s Secret War

The Indonesian Confrontation 1962–66

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The 'Confrontation' between Malaysia and Indonesia in Bornew (January 20, 2006), the war against Indonesian raids across a 900-mile border in some of the world's worst jungle terrain, eventually involved nearly 20,000 British and Commonwealth troops, with air and naval support; and yet, by mutual consent, it was astonishingly little reported at the time. This 'secret war' saw the perfection of SAS jungle tactics; a Parachute Regiment action described as 'a second Rorke's Drift'; 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.

Table of 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

Product details

Published Jul 25 2006
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846030482
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 37 b/w; 8 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Men-at-Arms
Short code MAA 431
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Kevin Lyles


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