Sas: Secret War in Southeast Asia

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From 1963 to 1966 Britain successfully waged a secret war to keep the Federation of Malaysia free from domination by Soekarno's Indonesia and by Chinese Communists. At the forefront of this campaign was the SAS, Special Air Service, an elite branch of the military whose essence is secrecy and whose tools are bold initiative, surprise, and high skill.

Working in four-man patrols, the SAS teams first made friends with the head-hunting border tribes and even trained some of them as...

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From 1963 to 1966 Britain successfully waged a secret war to keep the Federation of Malaysia free from domination by Soekarno's Indonesia and by Chinese Communists. At the forefront of this campaign was the SAS, Special Air Service, an elite branch of the military whose essence is secrecy and whose tools are bold initiative, surprise, and high skill.

Working in four-man patrols, the SAS teams first made friends with the head-hunting border tribes and even trained some of them as an irregular military force. As the conflict continued, SAS teams went beyond the borders into Indonesia, where they tracked clown enemy camps, fired on supply mutes, staged ambushes, and attacked the soldiers in their riverboats.

By talking to those who were there, Peter Dickens has recreated what it was really like to fight in the jungles of Malaysia. He also captures the bravery and relentless pursuit of excellence that make the SAS the elite and prestigious regiment it is.

From 1963 to 1967, Britain kept the states of northern Borneo free from domination by Indonesia and by Chinese communists by using the SAS--the Special Air Service. Their essence was secrecy. Their tools were skill and surprise. In interviews with those who were there, Dickens recreates what it was like to fight in the jungles of Malaysia. (Military History)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780804108331
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/20/1992
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Good information but .......

    This book covers the SAS actions in the 1960's in Borneo. If you liked Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab then you will find this book dry as a bone. The information from a historical viewpoint is valuable but the author's style does not keep the readers interest as well as it could. Information on individual weapons, etc was not as detailed as I would like. The photos are terrible being too grainy, too small, and too few. Despite these shortcomings I would still recommend the book to the hardcore special ops/SAS reader.

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