Staff Pick: Smashing Terrorism in the Malayan Emergency
Name : Magdalena Lampas
Book : Smashing Terrorism in the Malayan Emergency: The Vital Contribution of the Police
Author : Brian Stewart
Smashing Terrorism in the Malayan Emergency: The Vital Contribution of the Police depicts the vivid memories of Malayan Police officers who, as young subalterns, played a major part in defeating the terrorist campaign launched by the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). It is a memorial to the Police of all ranks and races, who risked and sometimes gave their lives for freedom.
The book is not only intended to record the voices of the subalterns and, where possible, of their men, but also to pay tribute to the many policeman who sacrificed their lives in the fight for freedom, and to all the gallant men who fought alongside them during the campaign. In 1952, the worst year for police causalities, 350 police, of all ranks, races, and branches lost their lives in action.
This book also includes comments on Chin Peng's My Side of History (2003) and the performance of the Malayan Government of those days, quoting extensively from official archives.
- Magdalena Lampas, Transcriber
“Eric had moved off before dawn and had managed to crawl up to within ten yards of the camp, which was in a small clearing, but as he raised himself up to throw a grenade, one of the bandits saw him and fired a burst from his Thompson sub-machine gun. This hit Eric and killed him as he threw the grenade, which exploded slightly off target and did no one any harm. He was a brave officer who was liked and respected.” Page 78.