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SAS: Secret War in South-East Asia (Greenhill Military) Paperback – February 19, 2006

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Greenhill Military
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; First edition (February 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853675733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853675737
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,502,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MCB on February 8, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An interesting topic for SAS fans but this book is as dry as a popcorn you know what. Pictures are grainy and/or poor quality.
Rather disappointing considering who the author's ancestor was (Charles Dickens!)
Recommend this book if you are doing a research paper and need the info anyway you can get it otherwise look for some other excellent SAS books elsewhere.
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Following their independence, fledgling democracies asked for outside help in dealing with violent insurgencies. This is the story of a small number of strategically minded troops successfully undertaking counter insurgency operations, delivering security and the political 'space' to widen access to economic opportunity; albeit there was 'stick' as well as carrot'.

Read this book If you are open to the idea that that Field Manual 3-24 does not constitute a strategy to be followed slavishly; which it often has. Written earlier, this book describes a strategy being developed and adapted in the field to deliver national success for Malaysia and strategic effect for the wider region by reversing the expansion of an adversary ideology. Sound like fiction? its not its British military history.
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This book covers a small part of the British SAS involvement in the Communist insurgency in Indonesia during the 1960's. There was a great deal going on there, a war smaller than the US involvement in Vietnam, but a substantial uprising by Communist agitators and the Communist client rulers of Indonesia at the time. Few people ever heard of this smaller war, but the SAS was instrumental in containing the insurgency and bringing it down.
Unfortunately, the book has zero dramatic content. The author has such a laid-back, laconic style that even the battle scenes sound dull. To me the content was disappointing. I had to work hard to stay interested in the book. Three stars at best; there are lots of more interesting books out there.
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