Special Operations South-East Asia 1942-1945, Minerva, Baldhead & Longshanks/Creek

The British war effort East of Suez during WWII has received more attention from script writers than historians, making this fine volume all the more welcome. The real-life story of the attack by aging businessmen on a German ship interned in Goa is every bit as exciting as the film, but differs in parts, as do the other operations covered by the author – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Special Operations South-East Asia 1942-1945, Minerva, Baldhead & 
Longshanks/Creek
FILE: R3007
AUTHOR: David Miller
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, WW2, World War II, World War 1, World War Two, Second 
World War, South-East Asia, Special Operations, Calcutta Light Horse, Goa, dad's 
army

ISBN: 1-78340-063-3

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DESCRIPTION: The British war effort East of Suez during WWII has received more 
attention from script writers than historians, making this fine volume all the more 
welcome. The real-life story of the attack by aging businessmen on a German 
ship interned in Goa is every bit as exciting as the film, but differs in parts, as do 
the other operations covered by the author – Highly Recommended.

The reason for the soldiers fighting in the East becoming a forgotten army was perhaps understandable at the time, but little excuse for the failure of historians to tell the stories as they deserve to be told. At the time, general communications between Britain and the East were poor and the bombing raids on Britain and the retaliation on Germany, Commando raids and the preparations to liberate Europe were so close, immediate and obvious. In some respects the war in the East was more worthy of attention because the troops were fighting with inadequate supplies for much of the time and they depended on hand-me-down equipment that was considered obsolete in the European and Mediterranean Theatres.

The author has made a first rate job of correcting the neglect, at least in respect of Special Forces operations against the Japanese in Sumatra and the Andaman Islands and against the Germans in Goa. These are gripping stories told well about the extraordinary men who displayed such courage against odds. A military history that is a true page-turner. The research is thorough and the supporting sections, including the photo-plate section add greatly to the whole.