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Limbang Rebellion (ePub)

Seven Days in December 1962

General History

By Eileen Chanin
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 13.3 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781473831957
Published: 27th January 2014

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In early December 1962 there was a surprise rebel uprising in northern Borneo. The leader of the anti-colonialist North Kalimantan National Army, Sheikh Azahari, mounted the insurrection that became known as the Brunei Revolt. It aimed to thwart Britain and Malaya's plan to combine the British territories of Borneo into a new Federation of Malaysia.

The river town of Limbang, an administrative centre in the British colony of Sarawak, became the pivot of the rebellion that was to be the opening act of the military and diplomatic conflict known as 'Konfrontasi'.

Combining eyewitness accounts with thorough research, Limbang Rebellion reveals what it was like to be thrown into this intense and unexpected conflict in which hostages were taken and threatened with execution. It describes the involvement of the Royal Marines under Captain Jeremy Moore, MC, and the daring rescue mission he led under challenging circumstances, which included being vastly outnumbered by the rebel forces. The result is a gripping account of seven dramatic days when a small town in northern Borneo suddenly seized the world's attention.

The book highlights true heroes such as police personnel and ordinary people who did extraordinary things to protect and save others in great danger.

Borneo Post

This is a human tale of courage, fortitude and bravery…It is a gripping tale of seven dramatic days that helped quell the initial North Kalimantan National Army efforts of taking over the whole of Borneo Island. It was beginning of a wider and longer campaign that came to be called Confrontation. Whether you were there or not matters little as this is one of the Brush Fire wars that proved the value of Royal Marines Commandos in challenging situations. Some may find a few of the personal stories conflicting, but that is what is remembered in the heat of action. It makes riveting reading and is lucidly written, thoroughly researched and well documented.

Globe and Laurel

With an impressive command of detail, the author has gathered witness accounts from her own interviews and a treasure trove of archival material that give the reader a visceral understanding of what it was like to be a prisoner, and what it was like to be a soldier seeing action for the first time. There is much to recommend in Limbang Rebellion. It will appeal especially to readers with a passion for military history that is informed by geopolitical context and the personal impact of armed struggle

The Australian

The Limbang Rebellion in 1962 had a historical impact on Sarawak in particular and Malaysia in general, as it indirectly opened the minds and eyes of Sarawakians who were initially sceptical of Sarawak involvement in the formation of Malaysia.

New Sarawak Tribune

Limbang Rebellion reads more like a thriller, drawing you into the lives of the people caught in the conflict. Should be on your year-end list of books to read.

The Star Sarawak

The book draws from eyewitness accounts, letters, diaries and other historical documents to reflect the experiences of those who lived through the rebellion and showed courage, resilience and dignity

The Sunday Star, Sarawak

A well-written book which places the reader in the heart of the location and subsequent events.

Bob Dean, Ton Class Association

It is a gripping tale of seven dramatic days that helped to stall the initial North Kalimantan National Army's efforts to take over the whole of Borneo Island as well as, of course, rescuing the hostages. Nevertheless, it was the beginning of the wider and longer campaign that came to be called Confrontation. 'Limbang Rebellion' is lucidly written, thoroughly researched and well documented; it makes riveting reading.

Bulletin of the Rag, Army & Navy Club

This is a must read for all who served on Tons during the ‘Konfrontasi’ 1962 & especially the crews of the FISKERTON & CHAWTON. Our Hon Sec, Peter Down, is mentioned in this publication having supplied some information to the author due to him being involved in the operation. In my humble opinion this is a well written book which places the reader in the heart of the location & subsequent events.

Ton Class Association

About Eileen Chanin

Eileen Chanin is a Sydney based historian and writer. Her books have been awarded the History Prize of the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, the 2011 CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature and the 2012 Australian Historical Association Magarey Medal for Biography. She is an honorary senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales.

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