Malaya and Borneo - E. D. (Eric David) SmithShepperton: Ian Allan, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Number 1 in the series. Includes: Order of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “Since the end of World War 2, guerillas and terrorists have waged a series of operations against various governments, especially in the Third World. The weapons they have used have varied from theatre to theatre but their actions have all had the same aim, the overthrow of the established government. Acts of sabotage and arson, murder and torture as well as armed insurrection have all been used in an attempt to win over the people to the cause of the insurgents. To defeat these threats has meant the evolution of special counter-insurgency tactics and these have had to be adapted to the different types of terrain.
Although the counter-insurgency operations waged during the Malayan Emergency and Borneo Confrontation were very different in concept, the jungle environment was common to both campaigns, the front was everywhere. Nevertheless, the political factor was paramount and at no time did the military take unilateral action when civilian lives, habitations and interests were involved. The battles fought were not only in the jungle but, in the psychological sense, in the kampongs and villages where the governments had to convince the local people that their cause was a just one and that the way of life they offered was far better than the one being promised by the insurgents. The world has now learnt that terrorists fighting a guerrilla type war can tie up lavishly-equipped modern regular forces 10 times their number in strength and this equation can worsen if the support of the indigenous people is lost to the government’s cause. Counter-insurgency operations in Malaya and Borneo were a complete success because this fact was well appreciated by the governments and senior commanders concerned.
Brigadier E. D. Smith, who served in both campaigns, points to the different strategy adopted by the Americans in Vietnam where a well-equipped army supported by a mighty air force was unable to defeat the insurgents on their own ground. Unlike Vietnam, the Malayan Emergency and Borneo Confrontation rarely hit the headlines and few pictures of any significance reached the television screens.
This study illustrates the tactics and methods used in two remarkably successful counter-insurgency campaigns.”