Foreword by Admiral of the Fleet, The Earl Mountbatten of Burma
When Malaya was overrun early in 1942 a small number of organized parties of communications personnel were left behind with their sets to maintain contact against the reoccupation of the country. Later on they were supplemented by parties dropped by air into Malaya (and into Burma as well, which is a separate story).
This is an account of one of the parties left behind after the fall of Singapore – it is a tale of fortitude, courage and endurance which I unhesitatingly commend. To live and work behind the enemy lines for well over three years calls for qualities quite out of the ordinary; and as Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia at the time I had personal knowledge of all that these gallant men achieved.
It is with very great pleasure that I write this short foreword to Red Jungle, which gives an absorbing picture of all that these men accomplished and suffered in the Far East Campaign. I was proud to have men such as these under my Command.