Armed Forces of Aden and the Protectorate 1839-1967

David Birtles, Cliff Lord

Date Published :
May 2012
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
220 b/w photos, 5 pages of color uniform plates, 11 pages of color photos, 6 maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781906033965
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 12 X 8.75 inches
Stock Status : Available


In January 1839 Captain S.B. Haines of the Indian Marine, the East India Company's Navy, occupied Aden. Possessing a magnificent natural harbor at the junction of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Britain recognized its strategic importance and thus began a period of British control which lasted until 29th November 1967.

This book presents an updated and expanded record of the mainly Arab armed forces (Police and Military) raised in Aden and the Protectorate during the time of British control. Not only are brief historical details provided for each unit but details of insignia and uniform are included, the whole being brought to life by the superb color uniform illustrations by Jonathan Paynter.

Within the book information can be found on the Turkish military activity on the Yemen border in at the turn of the 20th Century and subsequent confrontation during the First World War. Special attention has been paid to the multiplicity of Arab units raised and all units are listed alphabetically.

This thoroughly expanded and revised edition builds on the original work by Cliff Lord and the late David Birtles. It includes over 220 b/w photographs and 11 pages of color photos, 5 pages of color uniform plates as well as further information on the Armed Forces and awards. New information is to be found on the Lahej Trained Forces and Mukalla Regular Army and other forces.

While many have contributed photographs and information special mention must be made that H.H. Sultan Ghalib II has provided access to his personal collection of photographs which provide an exceptional insight into the Eastern Aden Protectorate and also for access to former FRA/SAA Sgt Tony Ford, who provided access to hundreds of superb color photographs.

A number of detailed appendices provide a historical overview, listings of British and Indian units which served in Aden during the World Wars, and information on the medals and awards of South Arabia.

The Armed Forces of Aden and the Protectorate fills a long standing gap in the military history of both Britain and Aden and Protectorate, providing readers with a work of real historical and specialist value.

About The Author

Cliff Lord served in Britain’s Royal Signals during the 1960s as a cipher operator in England, Germany and on active service in Aden and the East Aden Protectorate. After the Army, Cliff worked in Paris for the Washington Post and later moved to New Zealand working as a computer operator, a communications network controller for Air New Zealand, and Team Leader International Operations for the Southern Cross fibre optics trans pacific cable before retiring. He is Honorary Historian for Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals. Cliff has written nine books on military history and insignia.


“…lavishly illustrated…packed with figures… highly recommended…”

- Military Modelcraft International

“The A5 hardback edition was first published in 2000 and reviewed by Peter Hinchcliffe in the Society’s Journal of the same year. The authors had always planned to publish a supplementary volume and had appealed for further information. Additional material and photographs have now been incorporated in the reprinted A4 paperback edition. The enlarged layout of the book has a clearer text and the quality of reproduction of the many illustrations is much improved … there is more to this book than military memorabilia; the various descriptions of military operations form a valuable historical record.”

- British Yemeni Society

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