From 1971-76 the SAS fought and won a guerrilla war in the barren hills and deserts of southern Oman. They were doubly successful, defeating the communist rebels and keeping the entire operation so secret that the Labour party had no idea what was happening until they won the 1974 election.
After heavy editing by the MoD and Foreign Office, the story of this secret war was revealed by SAS Operation Oman, written by the SAS commander, Colonel Tony Jeapes.
Still used as a text book at the Army Staff College, Camberley, it reveals how small teams of elite soldiers took on a dedicated guerrilla army and destroyed it. While the US Army was losing its very public war in Vietnam, the SAS fought in complete secrecy, saving the Omani regime and preventing Soviet-backed guerrillas seizing control of the Persian Gulf.
MoD restrictions are now lifted, enabling Tony Jeapes to reveal key details he was forced to omit in 1980.
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The secret part played by the SAS in the Dhofar War
SAS Secret War tells the story of the vital and secret part played by the SAS in the Dhofar War. I had just finished commanding the Regiment and had recently taken them into Northern Ireland where the misunderstanding of the Regiment and the men who served in it became clear. This book was written to try and set the record straight, and the recent six year long Dhofar campaign was the perfect vehicle - won by ex-communist guerillas and small groups of SAS. Although some fierce battles were fought and are described in the book, the Dhofar campaign was a classic example of how to combine the several facets of a successful counter-revolutionary war: civil action, medical support, psychological warfare, intelligence, and operations by the regular forces of the Sultan of Oman and his allies. But above all, the campaign proved once again that only the people can win a people's war.
SAS SECRET WAR
How a small force of elite soldiers defeated Communist guerrillas in an undeclared war.
General Tony Jeapes commanded the first SAS squadron sent to fight in Dhofar, the province from which Communist guerrillas threatened to seize control of Oman. The SAS spearheaded the most successful counter-insurgency campaign of recent times, defeating a revolutionary movement at the very time Communist forces were triumphing elsewhere in Africa and Asia.
Illustrated with maps and photographs.
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11000472514X
Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX000472514X