With the SAS and Other Animals: A Vet's Experiences During the Dhofar War 1974

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In 1970 at the height of the Cold War, the young Sandhurst-trained Sultan Qaboes of Oman, with secret British military backing, took on the communist rebels in a fierce but little known war. Along with regular British Army and ‘contract’ officers, the SAS played a key role in this bitterly fought but ultimately successful campaign.

The value of winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of the local population was quickly recognized and this is where a select band of Royal Army Veterinary Corps officers came in. The local economy was a primitive one based on agriculture and the author, freshly qualified and, by his own admission, somewhat naïve particularly in military matters, found himself solely responsible for the veterinary care of a territory the size of Hungary.

Attached to D Squadron, 22 SAS, Andrew Higgins learnt how to respond to the Jebali people’s love and concern for the animals which provided their livelihood – goats, camels, sheep, horses, cattle, even bears, hunting birds and pedigree hunting dogs.

His firsthand experiences and anecdotes of life dealing with every level of Omani society from rulers to black slaves and their varied livestock make for wonderfully atmospheric and often amusing reading. In short, With the SAS and Other Animals is an unusual and potent mix of Special Forces action and veterinary experiences. Readers may well conclude that it really shouldn’t have happened to a vet even in a desert war!

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Dr Andrew Higgins is a graduate of the Royal Veterinary College (University of London) with a PhD and MSc (Edinburgh). His exceptional professional credentials include fellowships of the Biological and Zoological Societies, Editor-in-Chief of The Veterinary Journal. He is involved in many animal charities. He lives near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

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"The author, fresh out of veterinary school in the mid-1970s, served in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps with the British Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment in the country of Oman during Oman's fight against communist rebels. Higgins treated ailments of the goats, camels, sheep, and cattle of local subsistence herders as part of an effort to win over the civilian population to the anti-communist cause. He also treated the purebred dogs and thoroughbred horses of Oman's royalty. His interactions with all levels of society, from impoverished refugees to royalty to the highest tier of professional SAS soldiers, offer a unique perspective on this place and time. The book includes a wealth of color and b&w photos taken by the author during the 1970s in Oman." (Book News, Inc.)

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