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212 Soldiers for the Queen : Fijians in the British Army 1961-1997 - David Tough

212 Soldiers for the Queen

Fijians in the British Army 1961-1997

Hardcover Published: 26th September 2018
ISBN: 9780648355212
Number Of Pages: 390

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In 1961 the British army struggled with volunteer recruitment after the abolition of
National Service. Recruiting teams were sent to three remaining colonies and found an
excellent source of volunteers in Fiji. Two hundred men and twelve women from across
Fiji's racial divide enlisted and subsequently served with distinction throughout 'the fringes
of empire', bolstering NATO, in Northern Ireland and the Falklands conflict.

About a third of the men served for 22 years or more, marrying British and other nationals
and many chose not to return to Fiji. Some of those who returned played significant roles in
the 1987 election with a few supporting subsequent military interventions.


The author interviewed the surviving '212' wherever they settled. Brigadier Ian Thorpe, the
last New Zealander to command the Royal Fiji Military Forces, first served with Fijians
in the Malayan Emergency and later established an officer training school for the RFMF,
provided the foreword.

ISBN: 9780648355212
ISBN-10: 0648355217
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 26th September 2018
Publisher: Echo Books
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.67