Photos Malayan Emergency, Indonesian confrontation and the War in Borneo.

D Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), walk through open country covered by tough waist length lallang grass during an eight day ambush patrol, Malayan Emergency, 1957.
Sergeant Hugh Cross (left), of Corinda, Qld, checks that the L4A4 Bren gun being held by 37127 Private (Pte) Ronald H (Ron) Breward (right), of Launceston, Tas, is cleared of ammunition as they return to their 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), forward company base from a border patrol. Pte Breward also served in Malaya and Singapore during the Malayan Emergency.
Private Ross Leonard Guldbransen, 2 Squadron, Special Air Service Regiment awaiting helicopter extraction after completing a patrol against Indonesian Forces, North Borneo, 1966
An Australian soldier from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, armed with an L4A4 Bren gun at a forward operating base following a week long patrol searching for Indonesian forces, Borneo, Malaysia, 1965.
Men of a Light Regiment of the RA fire an Italian-made L5 105mm pack howitzer (Oto Melara 105mm Mod 56) from a position somewhere in East Malaysia, on the Island of Borneo, during the Indonesian Confrontation, circa. 1964.

The Mod 56 pack howitzer was originally designed for Italy's Alpini mountain troops and fired standard US / NATO 105mm M1 shells.

It was lightweight, air-portable and could bebroken down into convenient loads for transportation when necessary.

In British service it was usually towed by a Land Rover.


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OTO-Melara Mod 56?
Indonesian Confrontation. 1 August 1964. While operating in Borneo, a British soldier is winched up to a Westland Wessex HAS3 of 845 Naval Air Squadron, during operations in the jungle
Malayan Emergency. c 1956. Troops of D Company, 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR), move through a rubber plantation as they hunt Communists in Perak
Lance Corporal J Hughes of the 22 Special Air Service Regiment stands beside the contents of a typical pack carried on jungle operations during the Mayalan Emergency. This weighed 70 lbs and contained supplies sufficient for 14 days.
Malayan Emergency. 1951. Troopers of C Squadron, Rhodesian SAS
A rifleman from the 1st Battalion, Rhodesian African Rifles during their tour in Malaya,1956-1958
Armed with a 7.62mm L4A4 Bren light machine gun (LMG), Private (Pte) Neville Ferguson, of Ararat, Vic, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), moves cautiously through the jungle as he completes an early morning patrol near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border. 1965.
3 RAR suffered 3 KIA & 5 WIA during 4 major contacts vs Indonesian forces in 1965
Troopers at Nanga Gaat, an SAS base on the Rejang River, Borneo, 1964.

At one stage, a Special Air Service (SAS) force equivalent to a battalion was engaged in North Borneo where they resisted Indonesian attempts to cross the frontier and establish bases in the jungle. They also mounted secret cross-border raids into Kalimantan to pre-empt Indonesian attacks.
NZ Trooper W Edwards of Wairoa. Photograph taken by an unidentified New Zealand Army photographer in Malaya, circa 1955