The MALAYAN EMERGENCY & BORNEO CONFRONTATION
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“ The fight to found Malaysia ”
The Malayan Emergency (1948 - 1960) against Chinese Communists and The Borneo Confrontation (1962–1966) against Indonesia’s political and armed opposition to the creation of Malaysia.
In 1961 British troops put down a revolt in Brunei and release captured Shell workers.
The success of these campaigns laid the path to the founding of Malaysia.
we the common foot soldier, always in the thick of it will get sod all. yet we have 2 royal princes and their uncles, who will never ever be placed in harms way playing at being soldiers. dripping in medals. where is the justice in that. the same applies to senior officers obes mcs etc, some of them are dodgy as well. come on play fair.
javelins and the memory that I remember most was 5001
RAF Airfield Consruction Sqdn working day and night adding
extra lenght to both ends of runway for larger aircraft, 20 sqdn Hunters were at max and one did run out of runway
pilot was killed, Javelins were able to just cope and as Labuan turned into main airfield in contfrontation war very sad to hear Mick Patricks comments about Mueums records and I all whe served there would be offended
It was a hard slog at times but was well worth it.
I now after 40 yrs have a good understanding what it was all about.
Eligible UK service personnel who served from independence during period 31st August 1957 and 12th August 1966 inclusive.
Category of Eligibility Category 1 in direct support of operations in area of Malaysia and Singapore for 90 days or more in Malaysia during period 31st August 1957 and 12th August 1966 inclusive; or Singapore during period 31st August 1957 and 9th August 1965 inclusive. Completed Applications to be sent To Mr. Fred Burden - details of UK address on Application Form. Medals are processed through Malaysian Embassy and arrive in presentation case. Presentaion ceremonies are held at local town halls or if you prefer they will be mailed to home addresses.
From 1965 to 1966 I was part of the REME LAD attached to the 4th Tanks in Malaya . In 1966 I was sent to join them in Borneo. I flew into Sabah and with in two days embarked on a tank landing craft sailing to Kuching. When we landed in Kuching we then drove 240 miles to a camp called Onepadong. Our main task was to keep the Indonesianâ€™s from crossing the boarder. Our secondary task was to win the hearts and minds of the local people. The 4th Tanks got on very well with the local people providing them with medical supplies and house hold equipment. The local people in return provided guides when patrols were needed. We spent 8 months there with out losing any personnel. The only thing that we found frightening was the monkey belonging to the sergeants mess. He use to leap on to you when patrolling on guard duty at night.