Aden Insurgency (Paperback)
The Savage War in Yemen 1962-67
As featured by The Times
Jonathan Walker - historical consultant for the new 6 part BBC drama series, The Last Post
- Episode 1 - 1/10/17 - BBC One - 9pm
- Episode 2 - 8/10/17 - BBC One - 9pm
- Episode 3 - 15/10/17 - BBC One - 9pm
During the early 1960s the Cold War reached its climax. Britain's dwindling power in the Middle East was under siege from Arab nationalism, the Communist bloc and from American designs in the region. Aden, with its strategic military base and old Protectorate buffer zone, was soon the main battleground. The 1962 Egyptian-inspired coup in the neighbouring Kingdom of North Yemen further tightened the noose. So began a bitter and bloody insurgency war in South Arabia. British regular an special forces were soon pitted against growing and formidable insurgency forces, fighting both a war in the mountains and an urban conflict in the backstreets of Aden. Intelligence agencies vied for control of 'hearts and minds'. The British launched a clandestine war in Yemen to keep their enemies at bay. But still the situation in Aden spiralled out of control, culminating in a bloody slaughter in 1967. In that November, the British Army finally withdrew from South Arabia.
Aden Insurgency is the extraordinary story of Britain's last colonial conflict. Using a wide range of recently released archive and eye-witness accounts, the author charts the collapse of the South Arabian state. Set against a background of ruthless political ambition, these events shaped the Yemen of today.
As featured inThe Sun 29/9/17
As featured inThe Times 29/9/17
As featured in.The Society for Army Historical Research 2015 Christmas Book List
Jonathan Walker's meticulous research has made excellent use of recently released archive material and eye-witness accounts as well as earlier historical records. To understand the last few years when British forces were fighting terrorists in the back streets of Aden and the mountains and deserts of it's hinterland and the final bloody withdrawal from Britain's last colonial war, the author gives a detailed explanation of both the historical and contemporary context.Army Rumour Service
Aden Insurgency – The Savage War in Yemen 1962 – 67 is well suited for both readers with prior knowledge of the Emergency, as well as those, like myself, who had none. It is well written and covers an immense topic in detail, delivering facts in an easy to digest manner. It is indeed worthwhile taking your time to fully appreciate this book. It is pause for thought, especially regarding today's situation in Yemen.The OCAD Collection
The author has provided a well-research review of all aspects of the conditions that applied during the Aden Insurgency. This is undoubtedly the best review of this part of history as the British Empire faded into the mists.Firetrench