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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.

Published Sources.

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.
  Link to extended list of sources
AKEHURST, John "We Won A War"
 The Campaign in Oman 1965 -1975
 Michael Russell (Publishing) Ltd  1982 (Not in print)
ARKLESS, D.C. "The Secret War - Dhofar 1971/72"
 William Kimber - London
COLE, Roger &
"SAS Operation Storm"
Released on the 18th August 2011 and has had very mixed reviews.
de BASS, Bill "The Butchers's Bill"
  SAF Association Journal March 2003
FIENNES, Ranulph "Where Soldiers Fear To Tread"
 Hodder and Stoughton  1975
GARDINER, Ian "In the Service of the Sultan"
 Pen and Sword books
 ISBN 1 844154 67 X
 "A first hand account of the Dhofar Insurgency"
GERAGHTY, Tony "Who Dares Wins"
 The Story of the SAS 1950 -1980
 Arms and Armour Press  1980
HALLIDAY, Fred "Mercenaries - Counter Insurgency in the Gulf "
 Spokesman Books
HIGGINS, Andrew "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
LADWIG III,Walter C. "Supporting Allies in a Counterinsurgency:Britain and the Dhofar Rebellion"
 This work was written whilst he was an International Relations scholar at Merton College in Oxford.
McKEOWN, John "The Dhofar War and Its Significance"
A dissertation  written in 1981 in support of an M.Phil degree at Cambridge. This work, which was submitted for an M.Phil at Cambridge, is widely read on the East Coast of America.
MELSOM et al "Battle Casualties"
 Annals of Royal College of Surgeons.
 1975 Vol 36 p289 - 302
NIVEN, B.M. "Special Men Special War"
Undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, series of photographs to come out of the war in Dhofar. May be available through Amazon if you are very lucky.
PETERSON, J.E "Oman's Insurgencies
 Remarkable detail and useful as a book of reference.
Saqi Books
RAY, Bryan "Dangerous Frontiers"
A splendid book chronicling his time in Somaliland and Oman. Well illustrated and covering the time that the "Johnston FST" was inn Salalah.
SAF Association Journal There are many well illustrated articles about the war in Dhofar especially in the later editions.
SHARWOOD-SMITH, Geoffrey "Anaesthetist in Salalah"
 Experiences in a field surgical team
 Anaesthesia   1976  Vol 31 Pages 1049 - 105
SIBLEY, Paul "A Monk in the SAS"
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 Monsoon Revolution
A well researched book which is nevertheless biased and composed in a strange circumlocutory  English that makes it, at times, tedious to read.
THWAITES, P "Muscat Command"
 Leo Cooper 1955
TUSON, Mike A Mild Form of Insanity
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.
WHITE, Rowland "Storm Front"
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.
"Soldier "I"
This book includes a detailed account of the battle at Marbat by one of those who took part
WORRAL, J. "Statebuilding and Counterinsurgency in Oman."
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 in general
ALLFREE, P.S "Warlords of Oman"
Full of flowery phrases this book takes alliteration to new heights. It is a wonderfully descriptive account leading up to the beginning of the war in Dhofar which gives the reader much insight into Omanis. I cannot say how much I enjoyed this book and his other book the "Hawks of the Hadramaut"
ALLFREE, P.S "Hawks of the Hadramaut"
A very entertaining book describing the administration of the Aden Protectorate which is relative to the war in Dhofar as there is a large section devoted to the Mahra. Shades of Nick Downie and explosive trips over the border into the Mahra country
ALSTON,R & LAING,J "Unshook Until the End of Time"
The book does exactly what it says on on the front cover. The back cover reveals a closer warmth and respect between monarchs and rulers
BEASANT,J & LING,C. "Sultan in Arabia - A Private Life"
Background to Sultan Qaboos from before the war in Dhofar to the current day. The authors critically examine the manner and effectiveness of his rule and freely review what they find.
BEASANT,J,LING,C & CUMMINS,I "Oman. The true -Life Drama and Intrigue of an Arab State"
A few axes to grind ? over the circumstances surrounding the overthrow of the Sultan Said in 1970 and the subsequent influence of the British in Oman.
DEKEERSMAEKER,Maria "The DNA of Salalah"-Dhofar"
An travel guide of sorts downloadable from Amazon onto any e-reader. An unusual offering. Some parts are translated into excellent English -the bit about camels for example- whilst in other parts the English is less familiar.
GYWNNE-JAMES, David "Letters From Oman"
 Blackwater Books   2001
 This a fine book which give a real feel of Oman. It is still available from various sources such as Amazon.co.uk
HALLIDAY, Fred "Arabia without Sultans"
 Saqi Books
  "Without Glory in Arabia - The British Retreat from Aden"
HINCHCLIFFE et al This is a fascinating book which contains agood deal of oral history. The account of the life of a PO in the Eastern Area Protectorate by John Ducker I found especially interesting.
MORTON, Michael Quentin A remarkable book which details the relentless pressure by Saudi Arabia and Aramco to push that country's borders south and east possibly even as far as the Indian Ocean. The threat of arab Nationalism seemed to have halted their ambitions but one is left with the uneasy thought that they might look for further opportunities to redraw the maps and  extend their borders.
OCHS, Peter J. II "Maverick Guide to Oman"
Splendid softback book full of all sorts of information about Oman
Pelican Publishing Company  ISBN 1-56554-687-3
PHILLIPS, Wendell "Unknown Oman"
 The Longman Group Ltd  1971
MORRIS, Jan "Sultan in Oman"
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.
BARNETT, David "Dust & Fury"
 Woodfield Publishing West Sussex
 ISBN 1-903953-25-1       £15
 "An epic novel set in the Sultanate of Oman"
 Not a "source" but an entertaining read
FIENNES, Ranulph "The Feathermen"
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.
GEORGE, Michael "The War Quellers"
A novel about troubles in an unnamed Middle Eastern country which few will have difficulty in identifying.
Relating to the RAMC in general.
BLAIR, J.S.G. "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.
MAYHEW, Emily "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.
A compelling book which reviews the immediate treatment of casualties at the point of injury by combat medics from Dunkirk to Afghanistan.
Relating to military matters
BISHOP, Chris "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.
CLARKE, Bob "Jet Provost"
"The little plane with a big history". A book for the true aviation anorak with a page devoted to Dhofar.
HENRY, Chris "The 25-pounder Field Gun 1939-72"
The gun that made us all jump and rattled the shelves in the FST. A good well illustrated account of the gun in its various different guises.
and of course