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212 Soldiers for the Queen

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Fijians in the British Army 1961-1997

by David Tough
Publication Date: 01/09/2018
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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.
Biography: general
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Barrallier Books Pty Ltd
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    The advertising was misleading stating that the paperback was a hard back. Angus and Robertson ISB was wrong. Angus and Robertson advised me that in the USA (where the book was printed) they do not have paperbacks. This was also misleading as friends in the US acknowledge they do use the term paperbacks. All in all not a good experience and the $10 discount because of the false advertising only served to indicate that Angus and Robertson are not customer focused despite their assertions to the contrary. Your response has produced a disgruntled ex-customer.