The Military and Police Forces of the Gulf States

Volume 1 - Trucial States and United Arab Emirates, 1951-1980

Cliff Lord, Athol Yates

History of the military forces of the Gulf states that were mostly British Protected States. Illustrated with scores of photographs and maps.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Middle East@War
Illustration :
8pp color profiles, photographs, maps and illustrations; 96 b/w photos, 3 b/w maps, 19 tables, 15 figures
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781912390618
Pages : 72
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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This book provides an overview of the military forces, and their antecedents, of the Arabian Gulf States. Most were British Protected States, resulting in their armed forces being heavily influenced by the British military. The States are: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates and its constituent Emirates of (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Umm al Quwain, Ajman and Fujairah). Military forces include the Bahrain Levy Corps, Trucial Oman Levies, Trucial Oman Scouts, Union Defence Force, Federal Armed Force, Abu Dhabi Defence Force, Dubai Defence Force, Ras Al-Khaimah Mobile Force, Sharjah National Guard, Umm Al-Quwain National Guard and Sultan’s Armed Forces of Oman, plus selected paramilitary and police forces.

This narrative includes historical information regarding the various states and enables the reader to understand easily how the various militaries have evolved.

The military forces mainly evolved from Emiri (princely) and city guards into competent military organisations with some of the world most sophisticated military technology. British seconded and contract officers and men shaped these forces through establishing, leading, advising and training them.

Maps of the areas concerned are provided, along with a glossary of terms and many ORBATs in diagrammatical form. Historical overviews and military history of the forces is provided along with regimental histories for Oman. Scores of photographs are included showing the uniforms and a selection of badges and insignia.

The work has been written by Cliff Lord and Dr Athol Yates. Cliff has had published a number of books including a history of the Armed Forces of Aden and the Protectorate, which in some respects is a lead on to this history. Dr Athol Yates is Assistant Professor at Al Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and specializes in military history and security. The authors have a wealth of photographs and information from interviews with veterans of many of the forces included, and help from the Trucial Oman Scouts Association, Sultan’s Armed Forces Association, and have had access to archival and museum research in Britain and the Gulf States.

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.

Dr Athol Yates works at the Institute for International and Civil Security, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, teaching Emirati security professionals undertaking a Masters Degree in regional and internal security. His research areas include UAE security structures and organisations, notably the UAE Armed Forces, UAE police services, and civil defence agencies.


"This book will give the reader an understanding of all aspects of the forces, including equipment, personnel, ranks structures and training. Highly Recommended."

- Britmodeller

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