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We Were There: The Aden Emergency

This week's episode of We Were There follows the story of a raid into rebel heartland during the Aden Emergency. Partly inspired by the pan...

This week's episode of We Were There follows the story of a raid into rebel heartland during the Aden Emergency. 

Partly inspired by the pan-Arab nationalism of former President of Egypt, Nasser, it was an insurgency against the British Armed Forces in the British-controlled territories of South Arabia which now form part of the Yemen.

It began on 10 December 1963 with the throwing of a grenade at a gathering of British officials at Aden Airport.

Trouble developed in the mountainous Radfan region, where dissident local tribesmen raided the road connecting Aden with the garrison town of Dhala, on Yemen's border. In January 1964, three Federation Regular Army (FRA) battalions, with British air support, restored order, but not without difficulty and heavy losses.

 

A Hawker Hunter FGA.9 during operations in the Radfan region.

 

The insurgents there were determined to evict the British from the area, and they fought a fierce guerrilla war from their mountain strongholds.

Tonight, only on Forces TV, we follow the story of one of the battles that followed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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