Limbang Rebellion: 7 Days In December 1962

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Winner of the 2014 Royal Marines Historical Society Literary Award. Limbang Rebellion was selected among many strong contenders in a year that marks the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines. The judges said, “This year, your riveting book ticked all the right boxes and more.” Eileen Chanin is the first woman to receive the literary prize in its 42-year history.

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 devised 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.

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Winner of the 2014 Royal Marines Historical Society Literary Award. Limbang Rebellion was selected among many strong contenders in a year that marks the 350th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Marines. The judges said, “This year, your riveting book ticked all the right boxes and more.” Eileen Chanin is the first woman to receive the literary prize in its 42-year history.

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 devised 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.

 

Publisher: NUS Press

Paperback

2013

ISBN: 9789971697754