The Jungle Beat

Roy Follows

£7.99

In search of adventure, Roy joined the Malay police at the height of a bitter ten year campaign against communist terrorists. He was 22 and had no experience of jungle warfare. Within a year he had become the youngest ever commander of a jungle fort and platoon operating deep within enemy controlled territory. Reliant on uncertain intelligence, he led his platoon through a series of offensive patrols and carried the war to the terrorists on their own ground.

Faced by this deadly enemy, Roy was also forced to confront an unknown but equally threatening environment. Stampeding elephants, swarming ants and prowling tigers competed with the terrorists for the lives of his men. The jungle itself constantly tried to deceive even the most wary navigator, whilst offering little respite from the relentless rain and draining humidity.

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So, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a sten-gun and two carbines, the four of us made our way to a point near the high double barbed-wire fence. It was a bright moonlit night. There was no sound from the village except for the occasional barking dog, for there was a strict curfew. We kept out of sight and waited. Soon we heard the police squad making their round. They passed. As soon as they were out of earshot, we began making our assault on the fence. This proved to be more troublesome and time-consuming than I’d bargained for. Once through, we ghosted our way amongst the dwelling to the suspect’s house.

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So, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a sten-gun and two carbines, the four of us made our way to a point near the high double barbed-wire fence. It was a bright moonlit night. There was no sound from the village except for the occasional barking dog, for there was a strict curfew. We kept out of sight and waited. Soon we heard the police squad making their round. They passed. As soon as they were out of earshot, we began making our assault on the fence. This proved to be more troublesome and time-consuming than I’d bargained for. Once through, we ghosted our way amongst the dwelling to the suspect’s house.

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Roy Follows

Roy Follows was 16 when he left school and joined the armed forces. As a child in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, England, he’d seen the Foreign Legion sporting their badges from around the world, inspiring him to travel. By the age of 19, he’d travelled around the world three times – long before the days of long haul flights and vaccinations against tropical diseases.

At 22, his thirst for adventure not satisfied, he signed up for the Malay Police to join the fight against a band of ruthless communists hidden away deep within the Malayan jungle. Within a year he had become the youngest ever commander of a jungle fort and platoon operation deep within enemy controlled territory.

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