In the Service of the Sultan: A First-Hand Account of the

In the Service of the Sultan: A First-Hand Account of the Dhofar Insurgency ✿ [EPUB] ✷ In the Service of the Sultan: A First-Hand Account of the Dhofar Insurgency By Ian Gardiner ❥ – While the Americans were fighting in Vietnam a struggle of even greater strategic significance was taking place in the Middle East the Sultanate of Oman guards the entrance to the Arabian Gulf and thu While the Americans were fighting in Service of PDF Í Vietnam a struggle of even greater strategic significance was taking place in the Middle East the Sultanate of Oman guards the entrance to the Arabian Gulf and thus controls the movement of oil from that region In the s and s the Communists tried to seize this artery and had they succeeded the conseuences for the West and for the Middle East would have been disastrous and yet few people have ever heard of this geo political drama at the height In the MOBI :º of the Cold WarIn the Service of the Sultan tells first hand the largely unknown story of a small number of British officers who led Muslim soldiers in this hard fought anti insurgency war which has shaped today s Gulf After outlining the historical geographical and political background the book describes military action in a stark and mountainous environment including operations with irregular forces and the SAS as well as action in the air and at sea The book gives a gripping moving funny account of all these the Service of PDF ☆ and paints a powerful and illuminating picture of the realities of warIt will appeal to all who are interested in the Cold War and relationships between the Western and the Arab worlds Politics history irregular warfare religion international affairs all are ingredients in the Service of the Sultan: Kindle - this absorbing informative read In the light of the current insurgencies in Ira and Afghanistan it is also timely to be reminded how a rare victory was won over Communist guerrillas.

  • Hardcover
  • 189 pages
  • In the Service of the Sultan: A First-Hand Account of the Dhofar Insurgency
  • Ian Gardiner
  • English
  • 23 June 2014
  • 9781844154678

10 thoughts on “In the Service of the Sultan: A First-Hand Account of the Dhofar Insurgency

  1. Luke Luke says:

    One of the best books i have read in uite some time truly a wonderful insight into the history of Oman and why it is the place it is today also how a model counter insurgency in a little know part of the world that few people ever knew happened helped save the world from the iron grip of communism this is by far the best book i have read about young men war leadership and the struggles they face along with their families back home

  2. Louise Louise says:

    The fact that this book is written by one of my neighbours is what made me pick it up in the first place but I am very glad I did Army type books is not my usual cup of tea but this is a really good read Interesting gripping and entertaining

  3. Andrew Andrew says:

    Ian Gardiner wrote a short but effective account of the Dhofar War Besides his first hand experience in the war he gives background on the war Omani history and geography His Chapter 10 analysis of manning euipment versus euipping the man is relevant to all warfare and all leaders

  4. Joseph May Joseph May says:

    We are lucky to live in an age where most books are well written and published with high production values A small number are well above average and extraordinarily well done Then there are a rarefied few where enough good words cannot be written—In the Service of the Sultan by Ian Gardiner is one of these priceless booksFirst hand accounts are excellent for their grit and emotion though usually limited in scope Overview accounts are useful for understanding events in the context of their times Gardiner almost uniuely provides both making this book enlightening Gardiner as a combat team leader has an ability to think philosophically about the events and people involved in those events—not an uncommon trait for an experienced warriorIn the Service of the Sultan tells Gardiner’s perspective of countering a politically inspired insurgency in the Dhofar Provence of Oman This war occurred over a decade from 1965 to 1975 and threatened control of the Straits of Hormuz Incredibly most of us are not aware of it as the Vietnam War occupied the news services at the timeGardiner serves to reminds of us of this signal strategic event as he furthered his career in the Royal Marines United Kingdom—an interesting process—as well as the uncommon feat of defeating an insurgency Having limited artillery support and even limited close air support the Sultan of Oman’s forces largely prevailed the hard way with infantry patrols and actions Initially setting a barrier for the insurgents who were based in Yemen these forces adapted to their theater of operation Almost always on foot due to sole eating terrain donkeys were used when insertions were made to set ambushes as they could uietly carry heavy machine guns mortars and ammunition Helicopters were used to supply isolated outposts since their noise announcing traits were less dangerous as well as to evacuate casualties A handful of Jet Provosts would provide air support with their small bomb loads and inferior machine gun armament—at least by US standards—but were than sufficient to address an enemy without adeuate air defense Along the course of In the Service of the Sultan the reader learns many priceless lessons and professional thinking such asThe planning of an ambush is much like complicated watch mechanismHow the adoo thought and the development of how to out think themWhat it is like to fight with air support as well as without itHow helicopter pilots flew into rugged terrain in poorly lit nights using airspeed compass and stopwatchHow taking casualties exponentially compounds the challenge of conducting a fightThe photographs are many and are outstanding Notably those of Nicholas Knolly since they illustrate the events as they were occurring and leave readers with the grit that must have beenThe craft learned is there to be read The thinking of the decision making is there The emotions are there This is a book that not only teaches history it makes for vicariously experiencing that history A history that is gone unsung and unnoticed though it may have been the most significant of the shooting wars occurring during the Cold War The world would be frighteningly different from that of today should the Sultan of Oman have been overthrownNext week a post on Yompers with 45 Commando in the Falklands War Ian Gardiner 2012 ISBN 978 1 84884 441 4 208 pp — also by Ian Gardiner — will publish and it will be seen how this commander became a capable combat leader as well as his increased understanding regarding strategy politics in war as well as soldieringIt is not to be missed

  5. Chris Chris says:

    Absolutely fascinating memoir of a young officer at war While America was in Vietnam the Brits were fighting Communists in Oman on the Yemeni border in the province of Dhofar The author is a Royal Marine who was “seconded “ to the Sultan which means he doubled his salary and was essentially a merc However in addition to seconded Brits the Shah of Iran sent a brigade as well as air support The enemy was called the “adoo” They were a formidable threatBut before they defeat the Communists they had to depose the Sultan who was anachronistic and backward The Sultan ‘s son aboos took over in 1970 and there was a uantum shift forward thinking benevolent and enlightened leadership But what makes this book so special are the lessons learned and sea stories as well as the exotic locale One of the laudatory blurbs says it’s the best book about soldiering he’s ever read High praise indeed It reminded me somewhat of Field Marshall Slim’s book “Unofficial History” the best book of leadership vignettes I’ve ever readGoing to have to read the author’s book on the Falklands now

  6. Einzige Einzige says:

    A book I gave a read after receiving a very strong recommendation for it What you get here is an on the ground account of the Dhofar Rebellion not to be confused with the Sudanese war in Darfur and the modernization of Oman that occurred as part of this This was a conflict which much like the Malaysia Crisis is relatively unknown due to how successful the counter insurgency actions were particularly in comparison to the larger events in Vietnam and Afghanistan It's interesting a military focused account which will help you understand another curious facet of the Cold War but most significantly give you a much better appreciation of Oman and why it is the way it is to this dayIt was also fun learning about how the Sultan even as late as the 60s resisted foreign influence to the point of personally vetting all car purchases in the country

  7. Hugh Roberts Hugh Roberts says:

    Good personal account of the Dhofar war of the early 1970's Compared to the power of weaponry available today nearly 50 years later this seems like a cake walk compared with today's military encounters but of course it was not Ian Gardiner captures the essential humanity behind the task of creating a team out of any fighting force and shows that despite huge differences of culture it was still possible to generate the right spirit to resist an insurgency and save Oman from being overrun The fact that Oman is one of the most civilised countries in the Middle East blessed with enlightened government progressive but respectful of traditions and cultural legacy is the prize won all those years ago and safeguarded since

  8. Roy Draa Roy Draa says:

    One of the best books on counterinsurgency leadership foreign internal defense and elements of field craft I have read in a long while Reading it brought me back to my own experiences; particularly the satisfaction of leading men and the admiration and respect for the Arab people and their culture It’s funny the things that you miss like talking and sharing a meal or chai with Arab comradesand sometimeserstwhile adversaries Gardiner brings this to life and us brutally honest about his experience as a company grade officer seconded to the Omani Army This book should added to the personal library of any combat arms officer young or old l Foreign service officers would do well to do the same

  9. Chris Rhodovi Chris Rhodovi says:

    I read the Kindle book version of this and though full of spelling mistakes mostly centered around the letters F L K either dropping them or interchanging them this was still a very good read I was virtually unaware of the Dhofar war until an interview with the author on an episode of Parts Unknown which made me buy the book After reading this personal account of Ian Gardiner's experience I wish that the security personal in Washington had read it before engaging in nation building in the middle east in my opinion a highly informative and story like history book happy reading y'all

  10. Elisha Baker Elisha Baker says:

    This was a DNF for me I hate to not finish books but after slogging through half of this I just couldn't any I'm sure this would be very interesting for those looking for military journals because the author spends the majority of this book explaining the minutiae of military strategies and missions This reads like a personal journal with names of people and places given but as a list of events and not how everything is tied to the insurgency I was hoping for a book showing what the country culture people and politics were like and the effects of the Dhofar insurgency on those This just isn't that book

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