When the Second World War ended with the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, units of the British/Indian 14th Army in Malaya were, for a few months, faced with administering the country. Security was threatened both by the attempt of the communists to seize power and by the disappearance of the police who had worked for the Japanese. The Economy was stagnant, Occupation money was declared worthless, unemployment was rife, public utilities were unreliable, schools were closed, industry at a standstill, and food was scarce. A British artillery regiment was sent to Ipoh charged with getting life back to normal as soon as possible. This is the story of how, led by their young CO, soldiers who in civilian life were surveyors, engineers, lawyers, teachers, shopkeepers, accountants, and students succeeded, with the help of local people, in carrying out their unconventional tasks, often using means which were equally unconventional.