An authoritative and readable book that fills a gap in British and Commonwealth military history. Since 1945, British and Commonwealth troops have been involved in fifteen major campaigns and conflicts, not a single year having passed in peace. The chapters (Java, Palestine, Malaya, Korea, Kenya, Cyprus, Canal Zone & Suez, Muscat and Oman, Brunei and Borneo, South Arabia/Aden, Northern Ireland, Dhofar, Falklands, Gulf, Bosnia & Kosovo) are all by an acknowledged expert and/or participant. For example, the Korean chapter is by General Sir Anthony Farrar-Hockley who, as a captain, was captured after the epic stand of the Glosters at the Imjin in Korea. He was a persistent escaper, but never made friendly lines, and was singled out for 'special treatment', a euphemism for torture, by the Chinese and North Korean camp guards and interrogators. The chapter on the recapture of Jebel Akhdar (in Oman) is by Tony Deane Drummond who commanded the SAS there and describes one of the most daring feats of modern warfare.
Major General Julian Thompson joined the Royal Marines at 18, serving for 34 years. He led the 3rd Commando Brigade in the Falklands, and was in the thick of the fighting. He is now a Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. Among his many previous books are The Royal Marines, The IWM Book of the War at Sea and The IWM Book of War Behind Enemy Lines.