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Aden insurgency

The Savage War in South Arabia 1962 - 67

Author Jonathan Walker
Publisher Spellmount Staplehurst
ISBN  # 1 86227 225 5
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During the early 1960s the Cold War reached its climax. Britain's dwindling power in the Middle East was under siege from Arab nationalism, the Communist Bloc and from American designs in the region.

Aden, with its strategic military base and old Protectorate buffer zone, was soon the main battleground. The 1962 Egyptian-inspired coup in the neighbouring Kingdom of Yemen further tightened the noose.

So began a bitter and bloody insurgency war in South Arabia. British regular and Special Forces were soon pitted against growing and formidable terrorist forces, fighting both as war in the mountains and an urban conflict in the backstreets of Aden town.  Intelligence agencies vied for control of 'hearts and minds'.

The British launched a clandestine war in Yemen to keep their enemies at bay.  But still the situation spiraled out of control in Aden, reaching bloody denouement in June 1967. In November 1967, the British Army finally withdrew from South Arabia.

Aden Insurgency is the extraordinary story of Britain's last colonial conflict.  Using  wide-range of recently released archives and eye-witness accounts, Jonathan Walker examines the collapse in military security and failures in the intelligence war, set against a background of ruthless political ambition.


John D. Smith rated this book Excellent
Factual, and a fascinating account of the last days of empire,I was there,I witnessed the resulting chaos caused by the spineless government of the day and the treachery of the cowardly FRA. We shall no doubt witness the same result in Afghanistan, as we are currently experiencing the embarrassment of the "withdrawal" from Iraq. At least we never invaded Aden on the orders of the USA.

Charles Street rated this book Excellent
I found this a very readable account of events covering both political and military events.

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