Britain's Secret War: The Indonesian Confrontation 1962-66

Britain's Secret War: The Indonesian Confrontation 1962-66

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By (author) Will Fowler, Illustrated by Kevin Lyles

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 244mm x 6mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 25 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 184603048X
  • ISBN 13: 9781846030482
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (some col.)
  • Sales rank: 236,582

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The 'Confrontation' between Malaysia and Indonesia in Bornew (January 20, 2006), the war against Indonesian raids across a 900-mile border in some of the world's worst jungle terrain, eventually involved nearly 20,000 British and Commonwealth troops, with air and naval support; and yet, by mutual consent, it was astonishingly little reported at the time. This 'secret war' saw the perfection of SAS jungle tactics; a Parachute Regiment action described as 'a second Rorke's Drift'; 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.

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Will Fowler has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, reporting for European, American, Asian and Arabic magazines from Europe, the USA, the Middle East, China and SE Asia. Among his more than 30 published books is the best-selling MAA 133 Battle for the Falklands: Land Forces. A TA soldier for 30 years, he was commissioned from the ranks in 4th Bn Royal Green Jackets, and volunteered for Operation 'Granby' in the Gulf, 1990-91. In 1993 he graduated from the French Army reserve staff officers course at the Ecole Militaire, Paris. Will is married and lives in Romsey, Hampshire.

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"Osprey's military titles are very subject-specific, allowing for a depth of focus most other general-interest surveys lack. Their latest titles are top picks military reference libraries will appreciate... "Britain's Secret War: The Indonesian Confrontation 1962-66 "[gives] rare insights and revelations in this unusual study of soldier experiences." -"Midwest Book Review"