Shoot to Kill - Richard MiersLondon: Faber & Faber, 1959, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little loss at the head of the spine. Tanning to the blanks. Previous owners' name to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Fold-out maps ;
From the cover: “For eleven years this country has been engaged in a war- a war against the Communist terrorists, the ‘CTs’, of Malaya. And though it is a war in which by now the enemy is contained and trapped, it is not yet over; the CTs are still a determined and active force, a hard-core army of fanatics who are fighting for survival with the cunning of cornered vermin. Like all wars which are limited in scope, go on for a long time, and happen far away, the war in Malaya has gradually faded from the newspapers, the wireless bulletins, the magazines. It is all too easy to forget that at this very moment, over thousands of square miles of jungle, British soldiers are in action – for although Malaya is an independent country, British and British-led soldiers, at the invitation of its Government, are still fighting there alongside their Malayan comrades.
Richard Miers — Brigadier R. C. H. Miers, D. S. O. and Bar, O. B. E. — is a born soldier who is a born writer. In Malaya he commanded the 1st Battalion of the South Wales Borderers with conspicuous gallantry and success; and his book recaptures the very feel and pulse of the operations in which he — and the officers and men who fought with and under him — played a part. The painstaking planning, the waiting, the swift pounce at precisely the right moment — all these are here. And here, too, are the times of frustration and tedium, the times when nothing went right. But the dominant note throughout is the note of excitement -of exhilaration almost — at the doing superbly well of a difficult and often dangerous job.
It is a story we can all be proud of; and so exciting in itself and so grippingly told that it is un-put-down-able.”