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
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.
LADWIG III,Walter C.
This work was written whilst he was an International Relations scholar at Merton College in Oxford.
MELSOM et al
Annals of Royal College of Surgeons. 1975 Vol 36 p289 – 302
SAF Association Journal
There are many well illustrated articles about the war in Dhofar especially in the later editions.
Experiences in a field surgical team
Anaesthesia 1976 Vol 31 Pages 1049 – 105
This book has interesting descriptions of the firqas and whilst it does not cover the exact period of the Johnston FST it makes interesting reading. The second edition has an account of his experiences in the NHS.
TAKRITI, Abdel Razzaq
Mike Tuson was one of the unfortunate people injured when an RCL round hit the officers’ mess patio on June the 8th 1972. He recalls the incident in the book and suggests that the anaesthetist/webmaster-to-be made light of his predicament.
A huge amount of background research has gone into this book. It is reflected in the feel for the war that the author has achieved largely by the effective use of personal recollections obtained by interview combined with material from the official archives.
WINNER, P &
This a comprehensive and well written book with a set of notes at the back which amongst other details refers to dozens of references to “pieces” in the PRO at Kew. It is more than a good start for those wishing to peruse the original documents.
Relating to Oman and neighbouring States
This entertaining and descriptive book relates the first journey of Sultan Said bin Taimur to the interior of his country in 1955. The journey was from Salalah to Muscat by car and Jan Morris went as a professional observer.
An imaginatively written novel of “faction” which has caused controversy and considerable upset amongst most of those who have any links with either the SAS or Oman. A film -“The Killer Elite” -based on the book , was released on the 23rd September 2011. In the Webmaster’s opinion- even with a pensioner’s discount – you would be far better satisfied with two pints of Greene King IPA.
Relating to the RAMC in general
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.
NICHOLL & RENNELL
Relating to Military Matters
and of course