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Interesting insight into alternative ways to fight the commies,
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This review is from: The War of the Running Dogs: Malaya 1948-1960 (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) (Paperback)
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.