Title: Australia and the Commonwealth in the Malaya Emergency 1948 – 60
Author: Smith, Neil
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 1989
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 125 pages
Comments: The history of Australian involvement in Malaya during the Indonesian Confrontation 1948 – 1960.
The Malayan Emergency was a guerrilla war fought between Commonwealth armed forces and the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military arm of the Malayan Communist Party, from 1948 to 1960.
The Malayan Emergency was the colonial government’s term for the conflict. The MNLA termed it the Anti-British National Liberation War. The rubber plantations and tin mining industries had pushed for the use of the term “emergency” since their losses would not have been covered by Lloyd’s insurers if it had been termed a “war.”
Despite the communists’ defeat in 1960, communist leader Chin Peng renewed the insurgency in 1967; it would last until 1989, and became known as the Communist Insurgency War. Although Australian and British armed forces had fully withdrawn from Malaysia years earlier, the insurgency still failed.
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