Episode 3.14 — March 19, 2019

Episode 3.14

A year of living dangerously

There is growing distrust between Indonesian President Sukarno and the Communists toward the Army Generals.  After a failed left wing coup in October 1965, the Generals turn on the communist killing at least a million of them.  In 1966 the Generals begin to oust Sukarno from power.  A biography of General Suharto the man who would rule Indonesian for the next thirty years.  He would break all ties with Communist countries and become an ally of the west.

To be published on Saturday 23rd March

General Suharto
Episode 3.13 — March 12, 2019

Episode 3.13

The Indonesian Confrontation part three

Indonesian troops launch raids against the Malayan mainland.  In North Borneo there are several firefights between Indonesian and Commonwealth troops, the Commonwealth forces gaining the upper hand.  Commonwealth special forces launch raids into Indonesia.  The war peters out in 1966 after dramatic events within Indonesia in 1965.

To be published on Saturday 16th March

Major General George Lea
Episode 3.12 — February 28, 2019

Episode 3.12

The Indonesian Confrontation part two

The leftish revolt in North Borneo in 1962, it defeated by the British Army.  Indonesian President Sukarno decides to deploy Indonesian troops to fight in North Borneo in 1963.  The Battle of Long Jawai.  The British hand over North Borneo to Malaysia, who sent troops to North Borneo.  British forces remain to protect North Borneo.  A biography of General Walter Walker the commander of Commonwealth forces in North Borneo.

To be published on Saturday 9th March

General Walton Walker


Episode 3.11 — February 25, 2019

Episode 3.11

The Indonesian Confrontation part one

The Indonesian War of Independence against the Dutch.  A biography of Indonesian President Sukarno who becomes a dictator.  Sukarno growing links with the Communist both at home and aboard.  Sukarno opposes British plans to hand over North Borneo to Malaysia.  The geography of North Borneo.


President Sukarno
Indonesian Confrontation — February 14, 2019

Indonesian Confrontation

The Malaya emergency was not the last time that Malaysia with the support of the British Commonwealth would face left wing guerrillas, between 1962 and 1966 they would be a war in North Borneo but this time the guerrillas would have the support of the Army of the pro Soviet Government of Indonesia.  This little remembered war would have a major impact on South East Asia and swing the balance of favour in the cold War there in favour of the West.  Over four episodes, I will deal with this war and the dramatic effect it had in Indonesia.  Then in the final episode in this the third season of when the Cold War got Hot, I will deal with the Communist revolts in the Philippines and in Burma, the revolt in Burma would not end for 40 years.

The new episodes should appear in March,

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Episode 3.10 — October 29, 2018

Episode 3.10

Beating the Communists twice

Malaysia gains its independence in 1957 and by 1960 the emergency is over the Communists having crushed by the Commonwealth forces.  A biography of Henry Lee a leading member of the ethnic Chinese community and Government minster.  Why the reason for the victory in Malaya did not apply to the Vietnam War a few years latter.  A second Communist insurgency begin in 1968 but in time that too was defeated.

To be published on Saturday 3rd November

Henry Lee


Episode 3.9 — October 24, 2018

Episode 3.9

Low Tide

The Malay Communist continue to lose strength, under attack by the British Army and Malay Police.  A detailed example of one British Army operation.  Elections are held for a federal assembly, which is won by the Alliance led by Tunku, a biography of him.  Peace talks between the Communists and the newly elected Malay Government fail.  A history of Singapore during the emergency.

To be published on Saturday 27th October



Episode 3.8 — October 19, 2018

Episode 3.8

The ebbing tide

The British Army and Malay Police are increasingly successful in their fight against the Communists in Malaya.  The scale of Communist terrorist attacks decline sharply, some Communist guerrillas give themselves up but they are still not beaten yet.  General Templer returns back to Britain and is replaced as Director of Operations by Lieutenant General Bourne, a biography of him.  The use of helicopters by the British Army during the Malay Emergency.

To be published on Saturday 20th October.

Lieutenant General Bourne


Episode 3.7 — October 8, 2018

Episode 3.7

The turn of the tide

General Gerald Templer is appointed High Commission for Malaya and Director of military operations.  He uses both post to ensure better cooperation between the Army, Police and Civil Service, firing everyone who seen as blocking it, a biography of him.  British Intelligence services is greatly improved, cash rewards for information are given out, with that better intelligence, the performance of the British Army greatly improves.  The level of Communist terrorism is reduced in Malaya.

To be published on Saturday 13th October

Gerald Templer
Episode 3.6 — October 2, 2018

Episode 3.6

The Communist High Tide

The life and death of the British High Commission in Malaya, Sir Henry Gurney who is killed in a Communist ambush.  The Communist terrorism campaign grows in power thought out the country as British Military operations fail to destroy the Communist guerrillas.  Sir Harold Briggs sets down as Director of Operations due to ill health.  A new British Government demands changes to the way the war is to be fought.

To be published on Saturday 6th October

Sir Henry Gurney