In 1960, the Emergency in Malaysia was winding down and the Army was for the most part reverting to more peacetime conditions. However, there were parts of the country that were still considered unsafe because of continued Communist activities. Parts of the country in the north bordering Thailand were one area still affected. Another were small areas in the State of Johore.where 3 Infantry Workshop REME was based in the town of Kluang.
Exercise Rover Gang took place over several days and was designed to test young officers on their abilities and skills for coping with jungle conditions and especially to navigate and find their way to specified locations. There were several teams each made up of 6 team members and they were issued with a LandRover and a motor cycle on which to travel. Although never stated, another major objective of the exercise was probably to maintain the Army's presence on the ground , thereby supporting the continuing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the local population and encourage continued resistance to the Communist threat.
The teams were faced with several challenges including:
x Deep river crossings
Our team included Captains: Lamb, Moore, Ough Dealy,Stark, plus ? and ?
The following photographs provide graphic illustrations of a demanding and strenuous time. .
EXERCISE ROVER GANG
Copyright M.& M.M. Ough Dealy
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