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Malayan Emergency

Malayan Emergency
Australian Avro Lincoln bomber dropping 500lb bombs on communist rebels in the Malayan jungle (circa 1950)
Military Conflict
ConflictMalayan Emergency
DateJune 1948 � 12 July 1960
LocationSoutheast Asia
  • Commonwealth victory
  • Chin Peng exiled from Malaya
  • Anti-communist forces:
    UK United Kingdom
    *Malaya Federation of Malaya *Rhodesia and Nyasaland *Fiji Fiji Australia Australia
    New Zealand New Zealand
    Communist forces:
    Red flag.svg Malayan Communist Party
    *Malayan Races Liberation Army
    UK Harold Briggs
    UK Roy Urquhart
    UK Henry Gurney
    UK Gerald Templer
    AU Henry Wells
    Red flag.svg Chin Peng
    250,000 Malayan Home Guard troops
    40,000 regular Commonwealth personnel
    *King's African Rifles *Gurkha regiments 37,000 Special Constables
    24,000 Federation Police
    Up to 150,000 Min Yuen (30,000 to 40,000 likely)*  *8,000 MRLA troops
    Killed: 1,346 Malayan troops and police
    519 British military personnel
    Wounded: 2,406 Malayan and British troops/police Civilian casualties: 2,478 killed, 810 missing
    Killed: 6,710
    Wounded: 1,289
    Captured: 1,287
    Surrendered: 2,702

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    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 Although Australian and British armed forces had fully withdrawn from Malaysia years earlier, the insurgency still failed.

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    From the 1950's to 1960's Australian troops were involved in the Malayan Emergency and the highly secret operations of the Indonesian Confrontation which was not revealed to the public until 30 years after. This was also when the Lee Enfield 303 was replaced by the SLR (self loading rifle) 7.62mm. It was lighter, magazine capacity of 20rds compared to 5 rds for the 303, semi-auto gas operated and a pistol grip.The only problem was that the Bren Gun (303cal.) was still in use untill the GPMG M60 7.62mm came into service. The SLR was replaced by the AusStyer F88 5.56mm in the 1990's.
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    The Malayan Emergency was the only conflict the West won outright against Communism. A British Commonwealth army together with Malayan regulars, and help from the indigenous tribes succeeded in forcing out the communists (mostly made up of ethnic Chinese). This video shows SAS forces during a long range patrol in the Malayan jungle.
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    Produced by : FINAS, HISTORY CHANNEL ASIA & NOVISTA FILM With original archive footage and photographs plus vivid accounts from former intelligence specialists, policemen, soldiers and terrorists, relive the 12-year long bloody struggle waged by the Communist Party of Malaya against thousands of Malayan, British and other Commonwealth forces in their attempt to create a Communist Republic. COMING SOON 2010
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    Malayan Emergency Part 1 - MP4 1024kbps (High Res)
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    Komunis dan ideologinya amat dibimbangi kerana amat merbahaya kepada sebuah negara bangsa yang merdeka seperti Malaysia. Walaupun komunis sudah tiada namun ideologinya dibimbangi masih berleluasa. Propaganda fitnah, hasutan dan pecah belah adalah sebahagian dari ideologi komunis yang diasaskan oleh Chin Peng.
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