Brunei Revolt

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Brunei Revolt and the origin of the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation, ARCRE is publishing transcripts of official British Government reports and records documenting events in Borneo. These records come from the recently released Colonial Office migrated archive and quarterly historical reports of the British Army Borneo HQ Forces.

THE ASSAULT ON LIMBANG 42 COMMANDO,

Annex F to Part III
of PERINTREP 4

 

THE ASSAULT ON LIMBANG, SARAWAK BY 'L' COMPANY GROUP,
42 COMMANDO ROYAL MARINES ON 12th DECEMBER, 1962

INTRODUCTION

1. It is impossible to write a full account of events up to the time that the Company left BRUNEI for the operation, because 42 Commando was flying into BRUNEI and arriving by sea throughout this time.

2. The Company Commander was briefed for the operation by Commander 99 GURKHA Infantry Brigade, at BRUNEI Airport, at 0600hrs on 11 Dec 62, with instructions to pass the brief onto the Commanding Officer 42 Commando should he arrive in time. He (Company Commander) then had 56 men of 'L' Company and a section of Medium Machine Guns at BRUNEI Airport and immediately left - in a borrowed vehicle - for Force Headquarters in BRUNEI Town for a further briefing and to arrange motor transport and boats for the operation.

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Party Rakyat Brunei, Indonesia and the TNKU

This unsigned intelligence report was written just three days before the Brunei Revolt began and gives background information on Party Rakyat and the TNKU. It asserts that "there is no evidence that large scale trouble is imminent" but acknowledges that "the position in Brunei gives some cause for concern".

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The Opening Phases of TNKU Rebellion in Brunei Town

Annex E to Part III
to PERINTREP No 2

THE OPENING PHASES OF TNKU REBELLION IN BRUNEI TOWN

1.  On the morning of Friday, 7 December 1962, a code signal was received from MIRI stating that an attack on oilfield installations could be expected at 0200 hours on 8 December.

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The Brunei Revolt

THE BRUNEI REVOLT

Annex D to Part III to
COMBRITBOR PERINTREP No 3

EVENTS 8 AND 9 DECEMBER 1962
BRUNEI AND TUTONG

1. Background 8 December 1962

At 0500 hours on 8 December 1962 1/2 Ghurkha Rifles received a Warning Order to have a small Force Headquarters and two Companies (referred to as Initial Force) ready to move to BRUNEI for Internal Security duties by 1600 hours. At 0930 hours the force was ordered to be ready to move as soon as possible, and by midday the whole Battalion was ordered to move as aircraft became available. Force Headquarters and one Company reported to SELETAR by 1230 hours, and the first chalk from there took off at 1500 hours 15 minutes after the follow up troops of the Initial Force had left CHANGI. The Main Body left during the evening and night 8/9 December.

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The Gallant Story of the Defence of Limbang

The Gallant Story of the Defence of Limbang
[8 December 1962]
by Alastair Morrison

This is a story of heroism - Sarawak heroism - of how a handful of police held out against a violent onslaught by hundreds of rebels.  It is a story that must be told to Sarawak in full.

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Resolution Won the Day

Annex 1 to Part III
of PERINTREP

RESOLUTION WON THE DAY

(i) This article is reproduced by kind permission of "SARAWAK BY THE WEEK" for the week ending 12 January 1963. This is a weekly report issued by the SARAWAK Information Service KUCHING.

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