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AS I REMEMBER
1st Battalion Grenadier Guards
Posting to the Southern Cameroons
May-October 1961
by John Gibson


John Gibson is a former Grenadier Guardsman, who served with 1st Battalion in the British Southern Cameroons (since Cameroun) from May to October 1961. The Battalion arrived just after the plebiscite when the Southern Cameroons had voted overwhelmingly to be united with the Cameroun Republic rather than Nigeria.  The Battalion’s job was to prevent rebellion in the neighbouring French Cameroun Republic spilling over the border. His book is an eyewitness account of this tour when communist influenced terrorists were conducting raids on plantations, assaults on Gendarmerie posts, ambushes, and attacks on missions and villages from across the border with the Cameroun Republic. During his time in West Africa he took over 100 photographs. The book will be keenly read by former members of the Household Division involved in its post-war operations and anyone interested in the “stepping stones to independence” of former British colonies.

Philip Wright   

As I Remember, by John Gibson, published privately, is 50 pages with copious illustrations. It may be purchased from the author at, preferably john.wgibson@btinternet.com, or 10 Hambledon Crescent, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 2SH. It costs £4.50 plus £1.26 UK postage. A £2 donation for each copy sold will be made to the Grenadier Guards Colonel’s Fund.

 

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