In early December 1962 there was a surprise rebel uprising in northern Borneo. The leader of the anti-colonialist North Kalimantan National Army, Sheikh Azahari, mounted the insurrection that became known as the Brunei Revolt. It aimed to thwart Britain and Malaya’s plan to combine the British territories of Borneo into a new Federation of Malaysia.
The river town of Limbang, an administrative centre in the British colony of Sarawak, became the pivot of the rebellion that was to be the opening act of the military and diplomatic conflict known as ‘Konfrontasi.’
Combining eyewitness accounts with thorough research, Limbang Rebellion reveals what it was like to be thrown into this intense and unexpected conflict in which hostages were taken and threatened with execution. It describes the involvement of the Royal Marines under Captain Jeremy Moore, MC, and the daring rescue mission he devised under challenging circumstances, which included being vastly outnumbered by the rebel forces. The result is a gripping account of seven dramatic days when a small town in northern Borneo suddenly seized the world’s attention.
“The Limbang Rebellion is, instead, as Chanin says, a story of courage and resilience and of extraordinary deeds performed by some to save and protect others from harm. It is a compelling story, told with all the immediacy of the eyewitness narratives used to tell it.” – Clifford Sather
“The Limbang Rebellion is not merely the story of an archetypal commando raid or a fascinating geopolitical history about the end of empire. It is also a magnificent tale of courage, duty, friendship and loyalty. It is the reinsertion of the personal into the political.” – Rob Minshull, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
“With a good journalistic flair, the author uses a fine narrative account which is gripping and authentic in so far as the Limbang episode was concerned.”- BA Hussainmiya