The Military and Police Forces of the Gulf States

Volume 4 - Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar

Cliff Lord

This is the third edition of the book originally published in the 1990s, and providing a detailed record of the armed forces raised in the British Protectorate of Aden and those units deployed to serve there.
Date Published :
February 2023
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Middle East@War
Illustration :
175 b/w photos, 26 color photos, 5 b/w maps, 1 color map, 36 color profiles, 17 tables
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781914377228
Pages : 104
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


In January 1839, Captain S.B. Haines of the Indian Marine, the East India Company’s navy, occupied Aden, a magnificent natural harbor located at the junction of the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. Britain recognized its strategic importance, and this began a period of rule which lasted until 29 of November 1967. When Britain left South Arabia in 1967 it marked the end of an era – it finalized the period of frontier-style soldiering.

Over the 140 years of British control over Aden, and especially during the times this area was the British Protectorate of Aden, several local military services were established. As a consequence, all had a strong British flavor, as demonstrated by their doctrine, organization, structure, ranks, uniforms, drill, equipment and other arrangements.

Drawing upon interviews with veterans of the services involved, archival and museum research in Great Britain and the Gulf states, and support from several veteran’s associations, Military and Police Forces of the Gulf States, Volume 3, provides an organizational history of each service in pre-independence Aden, along with exclusive photographs, color profiles and diagrams detailing the uniforms, badges, insignia and equipment of the various forces over the time period until Aden achieved independence in 1967.

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.

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