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    THE MALAYAN EMERGENCY

    A great accurate article written by the MOD on the anniversary of the Malayan Emergency. Well worth a read:



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    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    That'll be a nice read. Very few Britishicon left when I was there. The last UK Infantry were the KSLI who left in 1968 and most operations were with the Malay Police and Army. 4 and 6 Royal Malay Regt took over the KSLI accommodation and facilities. Note that most of SLR's were all old FN's. Stens and Owens were the norm. Still lots of Daimler Dingoes, Morris Commercial and Austin 1 tonners, Bedford QL's and RL's......

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    Was it the Malayan Emergency where the term "Jungle Greens" was first used in the Britishicon military to describe/refer to the soldier's jungle uniform?


    Somewhere I have some photos taken in the 1950's by a REME engineer during the Malayan Emergency and show the recovery of stranded British military vehicles by REME heavy recovery vehicles. If and when I find the photos again I'll reproduce them on this forum.

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    I believe the term was used in WW2 in Burma with the Chindits and Stilwell, long before Malaya
    'Tonight my men and I have been through hell and back again, but the look on your faces when we let you out of the hall - we'd do it all again tomorrow.' Major Chris Keeble's words to Goose Green villagers on 29th May 1982 - 2 PARA

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    The true story post 1968, after FARELF and Claret, is yet to come out.

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    We referred to our uniforms - such as they were - as JG's or OG's, Olive greens. One of the photos shows it well and it hadn't changed although we always had two water bottles
    As I recall it, the Malay Army had trouble with the IS situation without the support of the UKicon, Aust and RNZIR Infantry and their support. The Armoured Cars and other armoured troop carriers etc had all gone from 17 Inf Div (the Black Cats) on the East Coast at Seremban/Kuantan, north of the remaining 'grey' areas that were reverting to 'black areas' in Johore so roads in the south were a bit dodgy. The Artillery still had a small detachment of RA, RAA, RNZA in Tampin. Up in the North, Grik, Kroh, Sungei Siput and Alor Star were never really tamed. It was always 'black' or bandit country with a never ending curfew as the border down from Thailand and ultimately China was porous to say the very least! We knew that because most of the captures were chinese bolt actions and a few AK's. After 13 May '69 it all went pear shaped up there. Everyone was put back on standby for the muck to hit the fan. I don't know the politics........, all I knew was that I was going to Borneo the next month and then back to Oz after that. Quick arranged 'jolly' - or perk trip to NZicon - and home.,

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