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Op Matador 1953
« on: December 03, 2017, 12:28:36 PM »
While at the archives the other week we got a file by accident
(we did have a few of these) although it had nothing to do with
the 2nd Bn in WW1 it did make interesting reading,

It was a diary titled OP. Matador Diary 22nd Jun  to 3rd July 1953,
there were also two maps.
It gives a day by day account of the operations carried out by the
different coy's. Sadly there are no names given.

Just wondered if anyone can recall this operation.

Thanks

Timberman


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Offline artyhughes

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Re: Op Matador 1953
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2017, 07:02:40 PM »
Hi Timberman

OP Matador and the diary dates I"m sure must relate to the 1st Bn and their operations in Malaya 1951/1954,I'm sure Bob Bonner or George Swetman might know the answer,Regards,Roy

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Re: Op Matador 1953
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2017, 08:37:28 PM »
Thanks Roy

Both of the maps relate to an area around Temerloh.

Timberman

Offline Robert Bonner

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Re: Op Matador 1953
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 04:34:39 PM »
Operation Matador gets a good mention in my history 'Jungle Bashers'. It was one of those enormous operations which we didn't really like.  In addition to the Manchesters  there were 2/7th  and 2/10th Gurkhas, 3rd King's African Rifles and 22nd SAS plus Police Jungle Squads.  From our point of view there were far too many people bashing through the jungle - we much preferred small dedicated patrols.The operation lasted twelve days of living in the jungle and after the first three days Captain Bill Thorp and C Company discovered two clearings where terrorists had been growing vegetables. Bill, accompanied by an Iban trracker called Senggalang  encountered a terrorist gathering vegetables. The terrorist disappeared into the jungle followed by Senggallang who found, wounded and captured him.

Matador was successful and a total of fourteen terrorists were killed and four surrendered. Of these  the battalion killed three, one to C Company and two to 10 Platoon D Company.
Robert

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Re: Op Matador 1953
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 08:37:52 PM »
Thank you Robert

If anyone get a chance to go to the archives at the library
in Ashton under Lyne the ladies there are very helpful and
it's well worth the visit.

Timberman