212 Soldiers for the Queen: Fijians in the British Army 1961-1997

212 Soldiers for the Queen: Fijians in the British Army 1961-1997

by David Tough


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In 1961 the British army struggled with volunteer recruitment after the abolition of

National Service. Recruiting teams were sent to three remaining colonies and found an

excellent source of volunteers in Fiji. Two hundred men and twelve women from across

Fiji’s racial divide enlisted and subsequently served with distinction throughout 'the fringes

of empire', bolstering NATO, in Northern Ireland and the Falklands conflict.

About a third of the men served for 22 years or more, marrying British and other nationals

and many chose not to return to Fiji. Some of those who returned played significant roles in

the 1987 election with a few supporting subsequent military interventions.

The author interviewed the surviving ‘212’ wherever they settled. Brigadier Ian Thorpe, the

last New Zealander to command the Royal Fiji Military Forces, first served with Fijians

in the Malayan Emergency and later established an officer training school for the RFMF,

provided the foreword.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648355212
Publisher: Echo Books
Publication date: 09/26/2018
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

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