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SAS: Secret War in South East Asia

SAS: Secret War in South East Asia

by Peter Dickens


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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 were the men of the Special Air Service – the SAS – an elite branch of the British military whose essence is secrecy and whose tools are boldness, 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 down enemy camps, fired on supply convoys, staged ambushes, and attacked enemy 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473855991
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 03/30/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 5

Glossary 9

Chapter 1 Incident on Melancholy Mountain 13

Chapter 2 'It's a Great Finger-Poking Regiment' 33

Chapter 3 'Arcadia' 39

'A' Squadron's first Borneo tour, January to April 1963

Chapter 4 'Confrontation' 57

'D' Squadron's first tour and 'A' Squadron's second tour, April to December 1963

Chapter 5 'Contact' 69

'D' Squadron's second tour, December 1963 to April 1964

Chapter 6 'Crush Malaysia' 87

'D' Squadron's second tour continued, April to June 1964

Chapter 7 'Pursuit of Excellence' 97

'B' Squadron raised and trained, January to October 1964

Chapter 8 'A Little" Further' 107

'A' Squadron's third tour, June to October 1964

Chapter 9 Threat to Kuching 133

'B' Squadron's first tour, November 1964 to February 1965

Chapter 10 'Licensed to Kill' 149

'D' Squadron's third tour, February to May 1965

Chapter 11 'Get Back In!' 181

'A' Squadron's fourth tour, May to September 1965

Chapter 12 Squadron Ops 211

'B' Squadron's second tour, October 1965 to February 1966

Chapter 13 Envoi 227

Victory in Borneo, March to August 1966

Bibliography 239

Index 241


1 The Borneo Frontier 232

2 The Long Pa Sia Bulge and Pensiangan Front 234

3 Sarawak First Division Frontier 236

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