978-0-7181-2882-1 / 9780718128821

The Savage Wars of Peace: Soldiers Voices, 1945-1989


Publisher:Michael Joseph



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(Since the second world War the British Army has been engaged in armed conflicts around the globe every year except 1968. some have been full-scale military campaigns but most have been undeclared wars waged against terrorist organisations bent on overthrowing the state by armed Insurgency. These are the Savage wars of Peace, fought out in such widely differing theatres of war as Malaya. Kenya, Cyprus, Brunei, Borneo, Aden, Oman and Northern Ireland.
THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE is the fighting soldiers' view of these campaigns, as recounted in their own words to oral historian Charles Allen, chronicler of such classics as Plain Tales from the Raj and Tales from Thee south China seas. Drawing on the spoken recollections of over seventy military figures of all ranks, Charles Allen has assembled a rich kaleidoscope of images of warfare as lived through by those who were there at the sharp end. He has let the soldiers and Marines speak for themselves, which they do with extraordinary and sometimes very moving candour. These unique first-hand accounts give a rare insight into the closed ranks of the British Army, its hierarchies and rituals, and the bonds that unite fighting men.
THE SAVAGE WARS OF PEACE IS also a history Of post-war counter-insurgency, setting out the strategies and tactics developed by the British Army over forty years. There are fascinating revelations of the way the reformed Special Air service Regiment overcame its early mistakes to become the Army's elite anti-terrorist force; how the special qualities of the Gurkhas were applied in Malaya and Borneo; how the top- secret Claret raids into Indonesia were
conducted during the Borneo confrontation; how small bands of SAS fought what was almost a private war in Dhofar In the 1970s; how Northern Ireland became a 'section commanders war')

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