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Malayan Emergency: Triumph of the Running Dogs, 1948-1960

By Gerry Van Tonder
RELATED TOPICS: BOOK | MILITARY
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Comments:  Softcover, 128 pages, 94 black-and-white photos and illustrations, 6 color plates

ISBN:
978-1-5267-0786-4

Price:
$22.95

Publisher:
Pen & Sword

From the publisher:
By the time of the 1942 Japanese occupation of the Malay Peninsula and Singapore, the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) had already been fomenting merdeka — independence — from Britain. The Japanese conquerors, however, were also the loathsome enemies of the MCP’s ideological brothers in China. An alliance of convenience with the British was the outcome. Britain armed and trained the MCP’s military wing, the Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA), to wage jungle guerrilla warfare against Japanese occupying forces. With the cessation of hostilities, anti-Japanese became anti-British, and, using the same weapons and training fortuitously provided by the British army during the war as the MCP launched a guerrilla war of insurgency.

Malaya was of significant strategic and economic importance to Britain. In the face of an emerging Communist regime in China, a British presence in Southeast Asia was imperative. Equally, rubber and tin, largely produced in Malaya by British expatriates, were important to British industry. Typically, the insurgents, dubbed Communist Terrorists, or simply CTs, went about attacking soft targets in remote areas: the rubber plantations and tin mines. In conjunction with this was the implementation of Mao’s dictate of subverting the rural, largely peasant, population to the cause. Twelve years of counter-insurgency operations ensued, as British forces were joined in the conflict by ground, air, and sea units from Australia, New Zealand, Southern and Northern Rhodesia, Fiji and Nyasaland.


FSM says:
Deep background on a long-running conflict in this corner of the world.

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