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Timeline Borneo 6 December 1962 – 30 May 1966

2 PARA was rushed to Singapore in early 1965 for intensive jungle training in response to President Sukarno of Indonesia’s threats of invasion intended to destabilise the young Malaysian Federation.

By March 1965 the battalion was established in fortified jungle bases, dependent on helicopter re-supply, within 2,000 yards of the Indonesian border. Ten-day jungle patrol programmes were implemented. C Company was converted into the first of the parachute battalion ‘Patrol’ companies by 22 SAS, to operate four-man jungle patrols on SAS lines.

On April 27th an Indonesian battalion launched a ferocious assault upon B Company’s camp at Plaman Mapu, lightly held due to a patrol changeover. Two of the defending section were killed and several wounded by the enemy who penetrated the wire in driving monsoon rain at dawn and overran a mortar position. They were ejected by counter-attacks and the close-quarter battle lasted nearly two hours before the Indonesians were beaten off with 50 casualties.

Patrols, ambushes and skirmishes continued throughout the remainder of this intense Far East tour, which ended in July, earning the battalion a DCM, two MMs and three MIDs.

'D' (Patrol) Company, 3 PARA were involved in the campaign, from January - August 1966, under the command of Major Peter Chiswel and returned with a BEM and a Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct.

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Citation for Cpl M B J Baughan's Military Medal, London Gazette 10 December 1965.

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by Wendy George

The Brunei Uprising and Borneo Confrontation 1962-1966

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By Major General RWL McAlister CB OBE January 2012

The Border Scouts in Borneo, 1964

Read this short excerpt of the conditions in the Borneo during 1964, and the effect this had on establishment of Border Scout sections.

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By kind permission of Lt Col John Cross

Personal Account of the Battle of Plaman Mapu by John 'Patch' Williams

Read the personal account of Lt Col John 'Patch' Williams about the Battle of Plaman Mapu in Borneo, 1965 originally compiled for 'Men of the Red Beret', by Max Arthur. Compiled for ParaData by Harvey Grenville and reproduced by kind permission of Max Arthur.

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