Discussion paper

The raids across the Malacca and Singapore Straits during Confrontation 1963-66

Defence War History Malaysia Indonesia Great Britain Australia Singapore

This paper shows that low intensity guerrilla wars are not confined to land operations, but can have a full-blown maritime dimension. The British Commonwealth experienced this as an aspect of its struggle with Indonesian subversion and sabotage of the new state of Malaysia in Confrontation 1963 to 1966. The study draws on a number of computerised databases to chart the ebb and flow of the maritime campaign through the quantitative analysis of Operations Research.

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