By Robert Jackson
The Second World War is over, but not for everyone…
Veteran Wing Commander George Yeoman is still flying Spitfires.
Yeoman and his men are working with the Malayan government to fight the Malayan Communist Party.
It is a brutal guerrilla war, right in the heart of the jungle.
After a carefully calculated sequence of bloody murders – British policemen and planters, their wives and children – the government of Malaya can no longer avoid open conflict with the Malayan Communist Party, whose strength lies in its guerrilla regiments operating from deep within the jungle.
A state of emergency is declared and British reinforcements are flown in overnight.
War veteran Wing Commander George Yeoman is one of those hardened fighter pilots posted to Kota Balang to command a tactical air support wing of Beaufighters and Spitfires.
Their task is to draw the guerrillas out of their impenetrable cover and eradicate them before the whole country is subject to their ruthless terrorism.
Operating in tandem with the highly trained Ferret Force, an army unit skilled in jungle warfare, the RAF have little time to acclimatize themselves before the first Communist offensive takes place in their zone.
In their own terrain the guerrillas are unbeatable, and those who fall into their hands can expect no mercy.
Yeoman and his team quickly discover that their action is every bit as dangerous – and important – as any of the great battles of the Second World War.
For the man with the sword, the man known only as Yoke, the war isn’t over either and he will make the British pay for what they’ve done, to him and to his country.
Robert Jackson was born in 1941 in the North Yorkshire village of Melsonby. A former pilot and navigation instructor, his active involvement with aviation lasted many years. Following his retirement from the RAFVR in 1977 as a squadron leader, he became a full-time aviation writer and aerospace correspondent and lectured extensively on strategic issues. He speaks five languages, including Russian, and has written more than forty nonfiction works on military affairs. Operation Firedog is the 8th book in the Yeoman series.