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Paradise Afire Volume 1

The Sri Lankan War 1971-1987

Series : Asia@War #6

Author : Tom Cooper, Adrien Fontanellaz

Paradise Afire Volume 1 : The Sri Lankan War 1971-1987

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General - Pages : 72 | Images : 110 photos, 10 maps, 12 colour profiles

Paperback - Date of Publication : March 2018 | Size : 297mm x 210mm | ISBN : 9781912390342 | Helion Book Code : HEL0926

When released into independence from Great Britain, in 1948, the stunningly beautiful island of Ceylon, re-named Sri Lanka in 1972, was expected to become a sort of ‘South Asian Singapore’. However, stable political order and bright economic prospects proved insufficient to maintain peace. A host of unsolved ethnic conflicts and social inequalities conspired to erupt into an armed conflict, in 1971. When this broke out the entire Sri Lankan society was shocked to its core by a large-scale insurgency instigated by a Sinhalese Maoist group, JVP. Worst still, this was followed by the gradual build-up of several other Tamil groups in the north of the island. Following riots known as ‘Black July’, in 1983, Sri Lanka was ripped apart by a murderous war against Tamil insurgents, which caught the armed forces wrong-footed because of the government’s reluctance to build-up its military to necessary levels. This came to a temporary stop in 1987, with the implementation of a peace arrangement virtually enforced by the government of India and a deployment of a large peacekeeping force of the Indian military. By the time, the notorious LTTE emerged as the most powerful Tamil insurgent movement, and the principal opponent of the Sri Lankan armed forces. Eventually, the Indian military intervention proved to be only a temporary solution. The LTTE turned against the Indian military but suffered heavily in return. However, this provided some breathing space for the Sri Lankan military, which then launched a vicious and protracted counterinsurgency campaign against the JVP. The fighting thus went on. Relying on extensive studies of the Sri Lankan War with the help of first-hand sources, official documentation and publications from all of involved parties, this volume provides an in-depth and particularly detailed account of military operations during the first 16 years of this war.

 

"Relying on extensive studies of the Sri Lankan War with the help of first-hand sources, official documentation and publications from all the involved parties, this volume provides a in-depth and particularly detailed account of military operations during the first 16 years of this war." AMPS Indianapolis

 

“The text is excellent in describing a wide range of tactical incidents. You get a real feel for the gradual loss of control by the Government forces.” Miniature Wargames

 

“ … Highly recommended…” Britmodeller.com  

 

"In all, it is a superbly researched and well written book. There are a considerable number of photos from that time as well as nicely done maps and some great full color profiles. It all adds up to a book that those with an interest in the region should have on their shelves." Modelingmadness.com

 

"Skirmish scenarios abound within the pages... Enjoyed it." HIstorical Miniatures Gaming Society

 

"This is undoubtedly the most thorough synopsis of the Sri Lankan War out there..." The Internet Modeler

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