17th March 2017 ; a review of Sultan Qaboos's time in UK
especially in Suffolk
8th of October : Some photographs taken by Les Viner in
the Photoraphs section; some more to come when they have
8th July 2016 :(The
Firepower ! Museum closed on the 8th July 2016 as the
target of 200k visitors a year had not been reached.
Some of the exhibits will be on display at the new
Heritage Centre at Larkhill when it opens in 2020 ? What
is now to become of the Mirbat Gun is not clear)
9th April 2016 :
7th April 2016 :
Intelligence report for March 1972
19th March 2016 :
Links to various other websites which have video content
of the war in Dhofar
14th March 2016 : The Royal Engineers in Dhofar -A work in progress
8th March 2016 :
Problems in the PDRY
4th March 2016 :
Addition to the page on SOAF
and Hauf. The reaction by PDRY in the UN Security
3rd March 2016 :
Update of "Who paid for the war"
2nd March 2016 ;
Update "SOAF and Habrut" HMG's instructions to seconded
2nd March 2016 ;
Update to "Local Overseas Allowance"
1st March 2016
"Know Your Enemy"
22nd February 2016 : Signals sent to and from the RAF
Salalah CommCen on the day and after the "Abdication"
10th November 2015 : Directive from CSAF to Commander
Dhofar March 1972 (Documents)
6th November 2015 : Some comments about Psyops . Forgive
the graphical pun. ( I am trapped at my desk as my
spouse has a fractured ankle and so a few more items may
24th February 2015 The link to the video of the heli
landing the casuaties from Marbat has been
re-established. in *,wmv and *.mpg format.
28th January 2015 : The documents page, in particular,
has become rather unweildy so one entry on the title bar
-The Last FST- has been moved and a site index has been
25th January 2015 : The Documents section is still
pitted with broken URLs. I am in the process of fixing
25th January 2015 : Documents page has been updated and
many of the errors corrected.
24th January 2015 : Royal Army Veterinary Corps Report
19th January 2015 :
Casualty Evacuation S/Sgt Moores
17th January 2015: An entry in "Documents" referring to
"Calendar of Events" as recorded by HM Embassy in
South Yemen or PDYR.
Many of the future postings will have originated in the
PRO in Kew as personal records have now pretty
well dried up and are few and far between. This is not
what I intended but does reflect what was going on
further up the pay scale even as far as the Sultan
7th January 2015 : The disappearance of the website
attracted some "clear advice" from a colleague close to
Carlton who suggested that I should reinstated it PDQ.
It will happen bit by bit.
18th November2014: The website was closed down four days
ago to clear away files that had been inserted into the
system and corrupted it. This incarnation is - hopefully
- a clean version which should have few problems.
13th June 2014 : I know that I may be preaching to the
converted but I now have clarity of vision and saturated
colours which I have not had for years. Two IOL implants
in two weeks with no discomfort and no complications courtesy of the Nuffield
Hospital in Ipswich...
29th April 2014 :
Photographs taken by Kevin Keating who was an RAMC nurse
in the FST in 1976
2nd March 2014 :"The Anaesthetists Tale" A personal
diary kept in 1972 by the webmaster and transcribed
using "Dragon Speaking Naturally"
from an A5 pencilled version.
1st March 2014 :Update of Bob Atkinson's page with the
inclusion of the CDS's report to the Secretary of State
27th February 2014 : Bob has passed on
his diary which covers a time that I have not been
able to record on the website so far. If anyone is in
contact with any of that team if they could persuade
them to upload any material to me for inclusion on the
website I would be most grateful.
24th February 2014 : A photograph from Bob Atkinson of the
FST in place in late 1971. The colours may be a bit
odd as I have enhanced them subject to the variations
that my cataracts impose. My local hospital consultant
in Bury St Edmunds tells me this is of no consequence as
I live in Norfolk but have an Ipswich
postcode.....No it does not make sense to me either.
|25th July 2013: Encouraged by BT's
interest in Croxton, who now declare it to be the
Government's first village to be given high speed
broadband, although there was no commercial reason to do
so, there seems good reason to repair faults and upload
some better quality images. Download speeds of
37.5Mbs/sec and upload speeds of 8Mbs/sec are now
consistent and will save a lot of hanging around ! Just
in case you are wondering the new heir to the throne is
at the other end of Norfolk and not near Croxton in the
south; no strings were pulled.
|4th March 2012 : It is raining so a
few very short videos taken at the time of the
Veterans' Tour have been added.
|1st March 2012; Some photographs from
Colin DAWSON whose association with Dhofar covers the
early 70s to the mid 80s
|25th February 2012 : Some recent
Jebel Akhdar (2010) and three modern photographs of
Deefa with a map and some Google Earth images.
Several photographs of the
Wadi Darbat with some reflections on the hazards in
Paradise. Several recent photographs and diagrams from
Hornbeam Line have also been included.
|24th February 2012 : Part of
"Documents" page repaired.
|18th February 2012: My computer was
taken over remotely sometime after
the 19th of January. The warning was manifest as a
sudden huge unaccountable increase in website use (x 4)
earlier in the week. Website, Dropbox, Photoshop and
Exel files were all used and altered. About 75Mb of
files were deleted from this website. The files have
been restored from the remote backup or from the
original data drive and passwords have been altered.
Hopefully it will now be secure. There may be errors and
broken links. Please e-mail me if you come across them
|16th February 2012; Half a dozen
Tony Norton RAMC have been added.
|27th January 2012: The solution
appears to be through Vimeo rather than YouTube and in
due course the various videos will be embedded in the
website. It will only happen slowly as each
clip has to be edited, rendered and uploaded.
|19th January 2012 : The SOAF videos
Habrut load and then play. This is rather cumbersome
but works with Expression Web 4. Windows only at the
moment as there is more to life than trying
to integrate with iPad.
|14th January 2012 :
|9th Janauary 2012 : Map of
Western Dhofar - best viewed as a *.pdf
|2nd January 2012 :
Maps & Diagrams section started in the "Documents"
area. The maps take a while to create so this section
will be slow to implement.
|28th December 2011 :
The airfield ACR7D radar, the sewage truck and the
piston Provost from Alan James
|19th December 2011 : Former FSTs
Nikolay Ivanovich Pirogov
|11th December 2011; Front page
|7th November : Any additions to the
website have been delayed. Firstly by a trip around the
Black Sea in the first half of October and then perhaps by water in the broadband box
at the top of the village which brought my connection
to a halt on the 28th October. Long intercontinental conversations
to southern India, holes
excavated in the Croxton pavements and attention to the
"multiplexer" in the Thetford exchange failed to resolve
the problem. A new router to replace my faithful 7 year
old Netgear device appears to have sorted out the
|7th November 2011:The Government and the
MOD were anxious to keep
British involvement covert.
sultan had at one time worried over quite what PDYR
intentions were and brought up the question of air
defence with the British.
The Defence attaché in Muscat
raised the issue with members of SOAF at a boozy
A number of
"Sitreps" have been added to the website
|11th October : The
deniability issue of the involvement of British
Forces when dealing with the Press or even the
Young Liberals Association.
|10th October :
Intended deployment of British personnel from the UK
|8th October: The question was raised
over the provision of
Interceptors for SOAF to counter a potential air
threat from PDRY. Much was made of
who might pay what for other aspects of the war
|4th October 2011: A few additions have
been made to the Timeline but no major sections have
|14th September 2011 : "The Adu is a rebel
and he lives up in the jebel"
Who were the adoo ?
|29th August : Further photographs
from Alan Marshall and some comments on the
operating practices in the Commcen
|22nd August 2011 : Anecdotes and
Alan Marshall who deployed to the Commcen in 1971