Malaya's twelve-year-old shooting war against Communist terrorists ends officially July 31. But for security forces?
LS Helicopter over jungle.
MS Soldiers in helicopter.
LS Trail of a flare shot from jungle.
Helicopter coming down to land.
Man directing helicopter.
MS Helicopter landing.
MS Tree-tops shaken by helicopter blades blast.
MS Men getting down from helicopter.
PAN OF jungle.
CU Army officer.
MLS Two men carrying wounded terrorist.
MLS Signals man.
MS Injured bandit awaiting evacuation.
LS Casualty evacuation helicopter.
CU Casualty evacuation helicopter.
MLS Casualty transferred to stretcher.
CU Signals man.
LS Casualty carried into helicopter.
LS Helicopter takes off.
CU Nurse at base airfield.
MS Nurse and other personnel.
MS Casualty taken out of helicopter.
Casualty placed in ambulance.
CU Nurse getting ???ance.
MS Back door of ambulance closed.
Ambulance drives off to hospital.
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Background: Malaya's twelve-year-old shooting war against Communist terrorists ends officially July 31. But for security forces - from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Nepal and Malaya - operating on the Thai-Malayan border in pursuit of some 700 hard-core terrorists lurking in the jungles, it is still the hard struggle against an elusive enemy, dense jungle and difficult communications. One of the border patrols recently discovered a wounded terrorist and very soon a Royal Air Force helicopter was guided to the rescue by flares. The casualty was put on board, flown to an ambulance and taken to hospital - a speedy combined operation.
The jungle is thick and impenetrable and although supplies could be dropped by air, the biggest problem is the evacuation of casualties. It may be a member of the Security Forces wounded in an operation or an accident, or a battle casualty left behind by the terrorists. If the terrorist is only wounded then speedy evacuation is very essential - not only a life is saved, but from him might come valuable information on the tactics and the strength of his jungle comrades.
In 1951, at the peak of terrorist activity, there were 6,082 incidents. Apart from the terrorists themselves, of whom 6,710 have been killed, Malay civilians, for whom the Communist "Malayan Races Liberation Army" claimed to be fighting, have been the Heaviest sufferers. About 2,400 civilians were killed, of whom 106 were British. Nearly 800 are missing.