Malaya Part II: The Communist Insurrection 1948-1953

Discussion in 'Malaya' started by Charley Fortnum, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

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  2. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    I have not looked on this website for Malaya, so with Charley's post I looked for some articles on a mainly US website concerned with 'Small Wars'. Here are a selection of some of the articles there (not in priority order):

    Chin Peng The leader of the insurgency
    Malaya: The Myth of Hearts and Minds | Small Wars Journal An interview with Karl Hack
    Algeria and Malaya: A Tale of Two Distinct and Dramatically Different Counterinsurgency Campaigns | Small Wars Journal
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  3. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Yes, there's some good stuff there.

    I've posted a fair smattering of material on Malaya mainly the early stage ('48-'53) as my grandfather was there with the Royal Artillery.

    I'm always on the lookout for specifics about operations or life around Tampin and Gemas (Negri Sembilan) at this time. Most of what I've gleaned has come from accounts of men with the Green Howards and 26 Field Regt R.A. (to which 54-bty and 93-bty from 25 Fd Regt in Hong Kong were successively attached).
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  4. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

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  5. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    A neighbour of mine did the whole of his National Service of 18 months with The Green Howards in Malaya.He was continually on jungle patrols at the time when a breakthrough in the emergency appeared to be a long way away.

    RAF Bomber Command Lincoln and later Canberra squadrons were frequently on detachment as required under the overall Operation Firedog to combat the Chinese terrorists in the jungle.Lincoln squadrons used RAF Tengah on Singapore and the Canberras used RAF Butterworth, up state off Penang Island,as their bases.No 83 Squadron, out of Hemswell was detached to Tengah on Operation Bold from August 1953 to January 1954 for anti Chinese terrorist air operations.In all, 13 detachments from April 1948 to September 1956 were undertaken by Bomber Command.

    Not forgetting the RAAF who used their long nosed Lincoln B30s in the bombing appeared that a frequent load was 1000 pounders for Lincolns.
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  6. JimHerriot

    JimHerriot Ready for Anything

    Hello Charley,

    Have you come across this web page in your travels?

    The "suggested reading" list on the right of the page has some titles that may be of interest (should they not have already appeared on your radar!)

    Here's the link;

    Operation Sharp End: Smashing Terrorism in Malaya 1948 - 1958: Memories of the Malayan Police

    Kind regards, always,

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  7. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    I have--and it's a good read.

    In fact, by pure chance, I bought a print edition of the same title on eBay this week for a whole £2.83.

    I'll be interested when it arrives to see whether the text differs at all.
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  8. davidbfpo

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    Charley and Jim,

    Thanks for the link to 'Operation Sharp End', I'd seen it before, although where and when is now lost to my memory. The Editor Brian Stewart authored another book 'Why Spy? The Art of Intelligence', published in 2015 and from a very short review in 'The Spectator' some choice words, nay wisdom:
    Link: Why Spy? | Hurst Publishers or Why Spy?: On the Art of Intelligence (Intelligence and Security): Stewart, Brian, Newbery, Samantha L.: 9781849045131: Books

    I will one day return and read his linked book (2002):
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  9. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Thanks to YouTube for me a discovery, even if the language and style is very dated:
    Link to a 1967 51m documentary (added December 2020):

    Located Parts 3 & 4 on:
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