|Picture courtesy of the National Army Museum|
Still studied today, the Malayan Emergency provides many important lessons on how such campaigns should be conducted.
The National Army Museum has a great online exhibition on the Malayan Emergency and in a few clicks you can get through an outline of what happened there from 1948 to 1960.
Units from the British Army's Brigade of Gurkhas played a key role in the campaign, and a Gurkha fighting patrol features in the plot of 'Merdeka' the novel. The picture shows a Gurkha patrol having a briefing and a 'brew up' in the Malayan Jungle in 1959.