Glossary

a work in progress……

Arzat, Wadi
A wadi ten miles to the north west of Salalah  [ Map ]
Ashoq

BATT
British Army Training Team or the Special Air Service

CAT ( Civil Action Teams )

Darbat, Wadi
A wadi ten miles to the north west of Salalah
Deefa
Defensive position two and a half miles to the north west of the Sherishitti Caves on the top of the jebel.  [  Map  ]
Dharab, Op
A SAF operation to attack Sherishitti in January 1975
Diana Line
Four defensive points on the edge of the jebel ten miles north of Salalah. It straddles the Wadi Jarsis      [  Map 1 ] [  Map 2  ]

Empty Quarter
The great sand desert to the north and west of Oman

Firqat
Groups of jebali tribesment 50 to 150 strong who were encouraged to fight on the Government side. Notoriously fickle and unpredictable.

Gunlines
Position on top of the jebel between Manston and Deefa

Hasik
A fishing village 85 miles to the nort east of Salalah where the RE Troop did some of their acclimatisation by erecting a small corrugated iron school. [ Map ]
Hauf
Principal dissident stronghold just over the border in Yemen. [ Map  ]  
Hadaf, Op ( Op Kahoof )
Operation to capture Furious Stonehenge and Sherishitti (1-15Nov)
Diversion to move down from Capstan to the sea (16-17th Oct)
Hedgehogs
The “hedgehogs” were a numbers of fortified positions connected by dannert wire, manned by the RAF Regiment surrounding RAF Salalah which pushed the dissidents further back towards the jebel.  [ Map ]
Himaar, Op
Operation to attack the 9th of June Regiment in the Wadi Ashawq.
Hornbeam Line
A line of dannert wire sown with anti-personnel mines and intermittent fortified posts  stretching North for thirty four miles from  Mugsayl on the coast towards the negd.  A barrier to prevent resupply for the dissidents from Yemen. [  Map  ]

Intradon, Op
An operation by British Units, TOS and SAF  in 1970 -71 to secure the Musandam Peninsula and therefore establish control of the Straits of Hormuz  rather than allowing the Arab Action Party to have influence there.  [  Map  ]

Jaguar, Op
Pacification of the Eastern Jebel after the 1971 monsoon by SAF with some help from the SAS.
Jibjat

Settlement 30 miles north east of Salalah and 2.5 miles west of Lympne  [  Map  ]

Kealy, Capt Mike
Commander of the BATT at Mirbat
Kahoof, Op  ( Op Hadaf )
Diversion to move down from Sarfait to Capstan (14-15th Oct)
Khasab

Labalaba
Member of BATT killed early on in the Battle for Mirbat
Lance, Op
Attempt in May ’69 to penetrate the Sherishitti caves.
Lympne

Small airhead, 200 to 250 m long  4km to the east of Jibjat. Its surface quickly broke up at the commencement of Op Jaguar

Madinat al-Haq ( White City )
Fifteen miles north east of Salalah  [ Map ]
Manston
Small outpost with a landing strip which served as a supply base for Op Simba
Midway ( Thumrait )
Forty miles due north of Salalah.  [  Map  ]
Mirbat
Large fishing village at the east end of the Salalah plain.  [  Map  ]
Mugshayl

Nizwa
Town in the north of Oman   [  Map  ]

NFR ( Northern Frontier Regiment )

OG ( Oman Gendarmerie)

PFLOAG
Peoples Front for the Liberation  of the Occupied Arab Gulf

Qaboos

Raven’s Roost  ( Qayrun Hayritti )
A position on the Midway Road twenty miles north of  Salalah on the far side of the jebel.  Named for a Capt Raven of MR.  [  Map  ]

Said, Op
An Iranian operation to the west of the Damavand Line to threaten the Sherishitti Caves.
Sarfait.
Strongpoint high on the jebel on the Yemeni border which formed the focus for Op Simba.  Consisted of Yardarm to the North and Mainbrace to the South on the edge of the escarpment and at times Capstan below the escarpment. [ Map ]
Seeb
Connurbation just to the west of Muscat.
Sherishitti Caves
Insurgent stores complex under the edge of the jebel 24kms east of Sarfait  [  Map ]
Stonehenge
Position overlooking Sherishitti Caves from 3kms south of Deefa. [  Map  ] 

Taqah
Large village on the coast fifteen miles from Salalah and twenty miles from Mirbat  [ Map ]
Tawi Atair
Sinkhole in the limestone plateau 170m deep and 90m across at its widest. It was a reliable source of water for the surrounding jebel which was enhanced when the RE installed electric pumps. [  Map  ]
Telegraph Island 
[  Map  ]

Thumrait ( Midway )
Forty miles north of Salalah. It now has a 2.5 mile runway    [  Map  ]

Umm al Guariff
SAF and BATT HQ in Dhofar to the east of Salalah

Watts, John ( Lt Col )
CO BATT
Western Dhofar
Map  ]  [ Map 2 ]  [  Map 3  ]
White City ( Madinat al-Haq )
Fifteen miles north east of Salalah.  [ Map ]

Yardarm
A main defensive position on the Yemeni border near Sarfait created as part of Op Simba    [ Map ]

Zakhir Tree

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Taqah
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Jibjat
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Tawi Atair
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Madinat al Haq
Defences around Salalah
Thumrait or Midway
Telegraph Island
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Mirbat
Hornbeam Line
Yardarm
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Hawf
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Sherishitti Caves
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