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Paradise Afire Volume 1 - The Sri Lankan War 1971-1987 - Helion & Company via Casemate UK

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Paradise Afire Volume 1

The Sri Lankan War 1971-1987

ISBN : 9781912390342

Helion & Company via Casemate UK




While Sri Lnaka is indeed a tropical paradise, it is also one of those areas that seemed to be in the news for a very long tome due to its long running internal conflicts. In 1971 the country was in political turmoil when the JVP (Jatiya Vimukthi Peramuna) a Sinhalese militant group tried to snatch power. The government at this time appealed for help and Pakistan airlifted troops and military equipment to help. The Pakistani forces took over external defence allowing the local forces to perform internal duties.  At the same time India sent Naval Forces to block routes to Colombo, with some 150 Indian troops sent to guard the airport there.  Due to initial Indian delays Pakistani forces were entrenched, plus the Indians were less than enthusiastic about the Tamil issue.  This help from Pakistan lead to them supporting Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.




Further internal conflict would follow in Sri Lanka, however like many things the influence and agendas of other nations would have a great bearing on this small nation. India supported the Tamils from the 60s through to the 1980 (which in History the British had brought to the then Ceylon as workers). The Tamils built up support and following the riots in "Black July" 1983 a major struggle would begin.  Indian intervention this time would be needed to turn the tide against the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).




The book looks at all aspects of the air war as well as the conflict in general. It is A4 softcover in format with 64 pages. Black and white photographs feature throughout the text. There are 4 pages of aircraft profiles, and two of AFVs, along with other photos (some in colour), 





This book should provide readers with a understanding of the military operations in the first 16 years of this war, 


Highly Recommended.



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