British Military Operations in Aden & Radfan, 100 Years of British Colonial Rule

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The author has established a reputation for finely drawn reviews of ‘small wars’ and this new book is a worthy addition to his portfolio. The territories at the south end of the Suez canal were very important to the British communications between the home country and the huge colonial areas East of Suez. This was particularly true in the age of sail and the early age of steam when a safe base in the area was important for vessels coming round Cape of Good Hope and then through the Suez canal when it opened. The author traces the long period of colonial rule and its ending during the dash from Empire that followed the end of WWII. It was a period where the US and the USSR both put pressure on the British Empire, the USSR as part of its plan for world domination and the US as part of its plan to take over markets previously enjoyed by Britain and its Empire. A well written account, illustrated by an interesting photo plate section.

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NAME: British Military Operations in Aden & Radfan, 100 Years of British Colonial Rule
DATE: 200215
FILE: R2153
AUTHOR: Nick van der Bijl
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 250
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Colonial Rule, dash from Empire, Middle East, Indian sea route, Suez, Indian Ocean, Arabia, oil, Communist expansion, Egypt
ISBN: 1-78303-291-X
IMAGE: B2153.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The author has established a reputation for finely drawn reviews of ‘small wars’ and this new book is a worthy addition to his portfolio. The territories at the south end of the Suez canal were very important to the British communications between the home country and the huge colonial areas East of Suez. This was particularly true in the age of sail and the early age of steam when a safe base in the area was important for vessels coming round Cape of Good Hope and then through the Suez canal when it opened. The author traces the long period of colonial rule and its ending during the dash from Empire that followed the end of WWII. It was a period where the US and the USSR both put pressure on the British Empire, the USSR as part of its plan for world domination and the US as part of its plan to take over markets previously enjoyed by Britain and its Empire. A well written account, illustrated by an interesting photo plate section.

This books appears as Aden and Yemen once more descend into violence and a further stampede of foreign workers begins. The period of British colonial rule in the area saw relative peace until the final years. Where the US politicians of the 1940’s, in their extreme innocence, thought the world would be a better place if it embraced American values and drank Coca Cola, the reality was very different and unleashed more than 60 years of instability and warfare. There is still no end in sight and the probability is grim with the prospect of nuclear war becoming more likely as Russian gangsters struggle to retain control and re-create something similar to the USSR, Iran comes ever closer to owning nuclear weapons, Pakistan and India already have nuclear weapons aimed at each other, China struggles to retain its growth, and to control the areas from which it must draw raw materials, and the EUSSR attempts to form a new mega-State in Europe to absorb Russia and North America.

Against this international power struggle, Aden and Radfan may seem small beer, but they occupy a very important strategic location astride the oil routes and the maritime links between Europe and Australasia. Reading this book will provide some valuable perspectives and aid the understanding of the history and the future of the area.

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