Between 1948 and 1960, the UK and Commonwealth allies fought a very hot guerrilla war against the Malayan National Liberation Army (MNLA), the military arm of the Malayan Communist Party (MCP). This effort is often called Britain’s Vietnam and, unlike the U.S., the Brits won this counterinsurgency campaign and left a template n how to do it the right way while they won hearts and minds.
Malay and New Zealand soldiers on a jungle patrol, c1957 Note the L1A1s, Bren gun and Owens
Of course, the Malayan Home Guard outnumbered the Min Yuen by a factor of about 2:1 and the Brits brought in the Gurkha and SAS units to run rampant, but hey, it is what it is.
Here is some of the specialized jungle equipment as carried by British forces during the Malayan Emergency:
The weapons are a Lee Enfield Rifle No.5 Mk.I, Owen sub-machine gun and an M1 Carbine. Amongst the other equipment is a parang, first aid kit, pair of jungle boots, pair of hockey boots (for wearing at night), water bottle, mess tin and jungle ration pack (consists of cheese, jam, biscuits, ginger pudding, steak, liver and bacon, tea, sugar, milk, sweets, chewing gum, toilet paper, salt and one paludrine tablet).
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