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 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.

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

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Published 05 Jul 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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