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.
“With the SAS and other Animals”
The author was in the RAVC and attached to BATT in Dhofar for a period of time in 1974. An excellent narrative which goes to show that there are other means of overcoming the enemy than simply shooting them.
“SAS Secret War Operation Storm”
Excellent book which give some background to the establishment of the firqas
“From Lightening to MiGs”
There are several chapters referring to the author’s time and experiences in Dhofar
“Anaesthetist in Salalah”
Experiences in a field surgical team
1976 Vol 31 Pages 1049 – 105
TAKRITI, Abdel Razzaq
A well researched book which is nevertheless biased and composed in a strange circumlocutory English that makes it, at times, tedious to read.
Peter Thwaites recollections of his two years in command of the Muscat Regiment. The book was completed by his former adjutant as PT died from renal insufficiency.
An intriguing account of Frontier Force gathered from many individual sources
“Alarms and Excursions in Arabia (1931)
He was a Political Officer in Iraq and later on a principal advisor to the Omani Sultan. He was the first Westerner to cross the great desert.
An account of his crossing of the Empty Quarter in 1930 with a foreword by Colonel Lawrence.
“The Conscript Doctors”
An entertaining compilation of the experiences of doctors who were called up to “get some in” and do National Service. It does go some way to examine the relationships between the National Service and the Regular members of the RAMC which was familiar to the Short Service Commission medical officers who joined up after National Service was abolished.
“A Heavy Reckoning”
A truly remarkable book of war medicine and survival in Afghanistan and beyond. If you were to read only one book on the webpage I would suggest that you chose this one.
“Bell UH-1 Huey”
This short book does not deal in detail with the basic Hueys used in Dhofar but nevertheless is an interesting account of the American use of these aircraft with many illustrations.
“Soldier in the Sand”
An autobiography of his career as a soldier and diplomat in the Balkans and Middle East. It is a grounding in some of the complexities of the Middle East and of Islam. An analysis where each sentence is almost overfilled with information.