55 Field Surgical Team RAMC
There have now been a fair number of books written about the war in Dhofar. There have also been many references to the war in books that are mainly about the SAS. There are even now several that make reference to the FST.
There are also a number of websites that include details about the war in Dhofar. They also usually centre on the activities of the the Special Forces.
There are a number of references in the medical literature to events in different FSTs by a number of authors.
This list consists of various accounts of Oman and of the war in Dhofar which give both background and detailed descriptions of that insurgency. They are all written by those whose points of view were from the government’s side except those by Professor Fred Halliday who at one time clearly favoured and wrote from the insurgents’ side. I understand that the views that he held then are not necessarily the views that he holds now.(He has passed away since this was written)
Some of these books are now out of print but can be obtained from specialist bookshops or from the Local County Library Service (even in Norfolk where the Thetford Library Staff have been very helpful to me)
I would have liked to have published pages from some of these books but copyright rules apply and the cost of gaining permissions is outside my budget. Some magazines have been generous enough not to ask for a fee.
I have simply listed those books that I have come across whilst researching material for this site. The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) has of course put a lot of material into the public domain relating to the war in Dhofar. Much of it released in 2005.
Lt Col J.H.G. Crompton of the MOD who compiled “Historical details of the Dhofar campaign” in neat blue ink from Serial 1 on 1st Oct 1970 to the end in 1977 has to be congratulated on that herculean task. (DEFE13/779 in TNA)
There is a great deal of detail especially in the references to other documents.
The Operation Record Books on RAF Form F540 give a good deal of “chatty” detail at unit level and some statistics about the FST.
Some information has come from the archive at the MEC at St Anthony’s College in Oxford. References to occasional pieces of material from Brigadier John Grahams papers are included in Timeline. These were released in 2003.
Relating to the war in Dhofar
COLE, Roger &
de BASS, Bill
LADWIG III,Walter C.
MELSOM et al
SAF Association Journal
There are many well illustrated articles about the war in Dhofar especially in the later editions.
TAKRITI, Abdel Razzaq
WINNER, P &
Relating to Oman and neighbouring States
Relating to the RAMC in general
NICHOLL & RENNELL
Relating to Military Matters