First In, Last Out, an Unconventional British Officer in Indo-China

This is a very unusual story of a great eccentric. A linguist who developed extensive knowledge of Malaya and Indo-China. A fascinating read – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: First In, Last Out, an Unconventional British Officer in Indo-China
FILE: R2535
AUTHOR: J P Cross
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  256
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Malaya, Borneo, Vietnam, French Indo-China, Japanese 
soldiers, Rifles, Border Scouts, linguist, Vietminh. Vientiane, 
Kathmandu, Viet Cong, Gurkas

ISBN: 978-1-78438-220-9

IMAGE: B2535.jpg6
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DESCRIPTION: This is a very unusual story of a great eccentric. A 
linguist who developed extensive knowledge of Malaya and Indo-China. 
A fascinating read - Highly Recommended.

Every now and again a book publishes that provides a truly unique view 
of military history. In this book, the unusual career of Colonel J P 
Cross opens a completely new view of jungle warfare and the two very 
different campaigns of Malaya  and Vietnam.

Col Cross was both a jungle fighter and linguist extraordinaire which 
provided him with unique entry into the wars that have marked Malaya 
and Vietnam during the second half of the 20th Century. In Malaya the 
British managed to win a war against Communist expansion. In Vietnam 
both the French and the Americans faced a similar threat and lost at 
great cost. The major difference was that British soldiers, like Col 
Cross, had learned to fight a bitter jungle war against the Japanese 
and developed an understanding of the new threats that followed the 
Japanese defeat. The British proved flexible and pragmatic, including 
the use of Japanese troops when Col Cross commanded a battalion of 
Japanese soldiers against the Vietminh.

The French and the Americans tried a very different approach of 
trying to fight a large engagement war with weapons and tactics more 
suitable to Europe. Col Cross was able to develop a unique view of 
the US efforts because his linguistic skills allowed him to blend 
into the environment and move around the war zone without 
interference from the Viet Cong and also obtain access to high 
Laotian political circles.

This account of his activities will offer a completely new 
understanding of a region in chaos, developing out from European and 
Japanese colonialism.