Dangerous Frontiers (Kindle)
Campaigning in Somaliland & Oman
In Part 1 of his book the author describes his life as a young officer in the Somaliland Scouts in the (then) British Protectorate of Somaliland. At that time tribal quarrels, generally over water, were taking place in the troubled strip of country between the Protectorate and Ethiopia; the Ogaden. It was the Scouts' difficult task to keep the warring clansmen apart. It gives a vivid account of a nineteen-year-old in command of Somali troops in a fascinating and unpredictable country. The second part of the book deals with the Author's second period of service with Muslims, a quarter of a century later. This time in the Southern Province of Oman - Dhofar. Here he commanded the Northern Frontier Regiment of the Sultan's Armed Force in a limited but fierce war against Communist Insurgents. It shows how the tide was turned against a brave enemy fighting on their home ground - the savage wadis and cliffs of the jebel. Dangerous Frontiers will appeal to a wide audience, including those interesting in military and world history and in those two little known areas - the Horn of Africa and Southern Oman. In both campaigns it reflects the mutual liking and respect that the handful of British officers had for their Muslim soldiers and the soldiers for their leaders. It is written with humour and an understanding of other cultures.
The author enjoyed two postings to foreign armies during his military career; as a second lieutenant in Somalia and as a lieutenant colonel in Oman. Subsequently, this book is an interesting window into the end of the British Empire. Reflections of operation in Oman are of relevance today, being concerned with the flight against the Communist terrorists attempting to overthrow the Sultan. Time may have moved on but the tactics are recognisable. An engaging account of the British working with Muslim Soldiers to defeat a common foe.Soldier Magazine
How can i do justice to this splendid book....It's an ideal read for soldiers, those interested in soldiering or even those who love Henty....his is a wonderful story, briliiantly told...Bryan Ray gives us a timely remainder of who we British are. Buy it: you'll thank me.The Field