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The War of the Running Dogs: Malaya 1948-1960 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) [Kindle Edition]

Noel Barber
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'The story of the first all-out struggle in Asia between Communism and the West, vividly told in an exciting and engrossing book' Sunday Express

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1460 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; New Ed edition (30 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPNSCD2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,878 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars War of the Running Dogs 21 Jan. 2010
By FSC
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I bought this for my Dad who was in the Malayan Emergency as a very young man. He is enjoying reading the book which he feels is an accurate portrayal of the war. It is not glamorised or exagerated, which is what he doesn't like about most books on this topic. He is enjoying it so in my view it was money well spent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The War of the Running Dogs 26 Feb. 2010
Format:Paperback
I am not related to the author.
I found this book very interesting. I read it on holiday and finished it within a 24 hour period. The writer has a readable style and avoids boring one with too much detail. This was a successful counter insurgency operation, which is still informing tactics today in dealing with similar problems. Lessons learned /tactics applied include the importance of good intelligence and police work, which were replicated in Northern Ireland. I didn't know that some insurgents were paid cash to surrender and bring in others. It appears that they are trying this in Afghanistan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By oto_jo
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I know precious little of Malaysia or of the Malayan war and this book was a highly readable introduction to the topic. The quality of the writing was not always fantastic, but it did not really matter because the story being told and the characters in it were so interesting. Round about the same time as this war took place, the French and Americans were staging all out jungle warfare with the Vietnamese. The Brits took a different approach in Malaya and instead of battling it out with an invisible enemy in the jungles, they recognized that they had to win the hearts and minds of the people who were the potential recruits for the communists. How they did this makes for some fascinating reading, and provides some interesting insights into how wars can be won with brains, as much as with guns. I think there is some learning here for quite a few other battle grounds around the world at the moment.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The War of the Running Dogs: Malaya 1948-1960 5 Oct. 2009
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I purchased this book for my father's 80th birthday, he served in the jungle fighting the communist insurgents during 1949-52. He is delighted with this book and says that it is very factual.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Malayan Emergency 3 May 2011
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As a regular Army officer who took part in the fight against the Communists terrorists in Malaya, I found this book extremely readable and containing just the right amount of detail. A first-class account of the emergency.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best history I have read on this conflict 28 Mar. 2014
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Noel Barber's book on the war in Malaya is quite simply a rip-roaring account that is a pleasure to read. This is not a history for people who wish to read endless re-telling of the order of battle of various units, or dry-as-dust political wrangling, instead it gets right to the meat of the conflict - ambushes, arrests, bombings, defections, betrayal - and describes them in an engaging and easy-to-understand way.

This book does, naturally given when it was written, suffer from misplaced nostalgia for the British Empire, and perhaps unnecessarily dwells on the failure of the US to be able to emulate the UK's success in Malaya, but these are very minor failings.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars fiction masquerading as fact 12 Jan. 2012
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Although this account has come to be regarded as THE definitive story of the Malayan Emergency, it contains so many errors of fact as to make it more a work of fiction than history. It is mainly based on interviews with (Sir) Robert Thompson, one of the great bull merchants of the age, whose description of the events of Tuesday 16 June 1948 at Sungei Siput, Perak, Day One of the Emergency,is a mixture of pure(?)fantasy and lies, and one Donald Wise who was at least 200 miles away, and who was also somewhat economical with the truth.
Read 'Malayan Spymaster' by rubber planter Boris Hembry for the true story of the beginning of the Emergency (he was there!) and much of the subsequent fight against the communists at local and state level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Malayan conflict 26 Jan. 2014
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Gives an understanding history leading up to the beginning of the conflict ,something that us national servicemen were not informed of at the time .not that it would have made any difference to our actions but to understand the history perhaps would have helped to know what we were doing there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift. Recipient delighted
Bought as gift. Recipient delighted
Published 1 month ago by Babs1
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and full of local background.
Interesting to someone like me who served in Malaya during 1954 to 1956 but never knew the background to the political and Police activities. A good and informative read.
Published 12 months ago by Memory Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and interesting facts
I was there from 1960 and there were still troubles then. An interesting fact is that even though Malay was/is multi-racial/multi-cultural the only troubles were with communism
Published 12 months ago by Pat Meyrick
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
This is a great read - the author was a fleet street journalist which explains the easy reading style and page turning pace. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
an excellent read, explains a lot of the trials & tribulations on-going in Malaysia after the end of the Second world war.
Published 14 months ago by hawkshill
2.0 out of 5 stars An interesting but partial view
If you are interested in Malayan history around this time, this is one of the few books around that describe it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by AL
4.0 out of 5 stars very imformative read
Having served in Malaya, I found this book to be a good read. I was surprised with some of the historical facts in the way the CTs were defeated. Read more
Published 15 months ago by BARCLAYS CONNECT
4.0 out of 5 stars The war of running dogs
The person who it was bought for said it was excellent best book they have read for ages an d would recommend it to anyone
Published 16 months ago by Mrs. Valerie I. Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good introduction to the war with some vignettes of leading characters. However, I got the feeling on the kindle version I am missing some illustrations - is this a defect of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WAR OF THE RUNNING DOGS
A well written book about this little known war. It's full of facts and is well researched. I can recommend it to anyone interested in this period of history.
Published 22 months ago by Michael John Edmondson
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