In Plain View
In Plain View is uncommon history. The undeclared wars in Borneo and Vietnam of half a century ago provided very different experiences. This is the personal story of a young officer, and those with whom he worked and lived, who participated in both conflicts.
It is a unique story in many respects, presenting back- ground, detail, and perspectives that are not commonly recorded elsewhere.
Joining 7th Gurkha Rifles, the writer arrived in Hong Kong just in time to deploy to Borneo as a platoon commander during Confrontation – the undeclared war with Sukarno’s Indonesia.
Seconded to the Sarawak Constabulary as a Divisional Border Scouts Officer, he was the last expatriate officer to join the force.
An unpretentious rapport with the upriver tribal communities enabled him to refine the role of the Border Scouts in Sarawak’s Fifth Division who subsequently played a significant part in the defeat of the last incursion.