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SAS troopers in Malaya, 1957 (1st of 2)

SAS troopers in Malaya, 1957

These New Zealand Special Air Service (SAS) troopers in Malaya, in 1957, are shown with a poster of wanted ‘communist terrorists’. Trooper G. Nash (left) points to the picture of a communist who has just been shot by a patrol led by Lance-Corporal R. P. Withers (right). The Malayan Emergency was a conflict that took place between 1948 and 1960. Communist insurgents fought against the British and other Commonwealth forces, including Malayan government troops after Malaya gained independence in 1957. Commonwealth forces referred to the insurgents as ‘communist terrorists’. New Zealand’s SAS was formed in 1955, specifically to serve in Malaya. The SAS carried out anti-guerrilla operations from 1956 to 1958, when they were replaced by soldiers of the New Zealand Regiment. The Malayan Emergency was declared over in 1960.

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Lance Beath, 'Terrorism and counter-terrorism - Securing New Zealand against terrorism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34667/sas-troopers-in-malaya-1957 (accessed 27 June 2022)

Story by Lance Beath, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Sep 2021