Wednesday, 31 July 2013

National Service - Malaya

National service for British males started on the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and call-up officially ended on 31st December, 1960.   Most of the remaining National Servicemen were demobbed in 1962, with the last one finishing on 16th May 1963.

For a significant number of young national servicemen called up after the end of the Second World War, the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) became their war - and many spent the bulk of their service time there.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Summer promotion: For 5 days only 'Merdeka' free on Kindle

Following the success of the Easter promotion, there will now be a Summer one.

If you want to download 'Merdeka' for FREE from the Kindle Store [from 12:00 AM (PST) on Friday 5th July 2013 until 11:59 PM (PST) on Tuesday 9th July 2013], click on one of the links below:

UK Readers,
Canadian Readers,
German Readers,
French Readers,
Spanish Readers,
Brazilian Readers,
Italian Readers,
Japanese Readers,
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Please share this information with anyone you think may have an interest in reading 'Merdeka'.

Monday, 1 July 2013

The Situation In Malaya - Secret Cabinet Briefing Paper

Two weeks after the murders of the first three European's in Malaya a secret briefing paper was produced by the Colonial Office of the British Government for the British Cabinet.  Dated 1st July 1948, the paper covers the following:
  • Background to Recent Events
  • Present Situation
  • Measures to Meet the Situation
  • Plan of Future Operations
It is now in the public domain on the National Archives website of the UK Government. To read it click here