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War of the Running Dogs: Malaya, 1948-1960

by Noel Barber

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Narrative account of the Malayan emergency between 1948-1960. The book is written from the point of view of the victors and gives us a good picture of how the engagement of the local Malay people was essential to the ultimate defeat of the Communist terrorists. My fault with this book which was an enjoyable read,was that it seemed to reduce the conflict to fights between "Cowboys " and "Indians" rather than an objective historical record of events leading to the independence of Malaya and the end of British rule. ( )
  tbrennan1 | Mar 19, 2012 |
I doubt that this would have kept the U.S. out of Iraq, but maybe it would have caused some of those who thought it was going to be in and out and home in time for Thanksgiving to take a second look. Not great writing, but a very readable book. ( )
  ebethe | Apr 1, 2007 |
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Shortly before 8 a.m. on June 16, 1948, three young Chinese communists irrupted into the office of a large, remote rubber plantation, shot Arthur Walker, its veteran British manager, and calmly rode off into the jungle on their bicycles.
Thus, only three short years after the end of the Japanese occupation,  war came again to Malaya. The Chinese-backed guerrillas called it the War of the Running Dogs - their contemptuous term for those in Malaya who remained loyal to the British. The British Government delicately referred to this bloody and costly struggle as the 'Malayan Emergency'. Yet it was a war that lasted twelve years, cost thousands of lives, among them those of many women and children. By the time it was all over Malaya had obtained its independence - but on British, not Chinese or Communist terms. The Malayan campaign will go down in history as the world's first defeat of communist guerrilla  warfare.
As in Sinister Twilight, his reconstruction of the Fall of Singapore, Noel Barber has written a vivid, comprehensive book about this important war in South East Asia, based on assiduous research and scores of interviews with the principal participants on both sides - from ex-communist guerrilla leaders in the Malayan jungle to Field Marshal Templer.
Here is the war as it really was. Here are the planters and their wives on their remote rubber estates., the policemen, the generals and the soldiers, the loyal Malays, Chinese and Indians of a polyglot country - all fighting an astute, ruthless and well-organized enemy - and keeping the vital tin mines and rubber plantations working.
Victory in this war was a tribute to those far-seeing leaders - political and military -  who saw that the answer to the communist challenge lay, as it must always lie, not in military escalation, but in winning the hearts and minds of the people.
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Only three short years after the end of the Japanese occupation, war came again to Malaya. The Chinese-backed guerrillas called it the War of the Running Dogs - their contemptuous term for those in Malaya who remained loyal to the British. The British Government referred to this bloody and costly struggle as the 'Malayan Emergency'. Yet it was a war that lasted twelve years and cost thousands of lives.

By the time it was over Malaya had obtained its independence - but on British, not on Chinese or Communist terms. Here is the war as it was. Here are the planters and their wives on their remote rubber estates, the policemen, the generals and the soldiers, the Malays, Chinese and Indians of a polyglot country, all fighting an astute, ruthless, and well organized enemy.

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