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With the SAS and Other Animals A Vet's Experiences During the Dhofar War 1974 by Andrew Higgins

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


With the SAS and Other Animals A Vet's Experiences During the Dhofar War 1974 by Andrew Higgins

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 recognised 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 naive 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 their animals who provided their livelihood - goats, camels, sheep, horses, cattle, even bears, hunting birds and pedigree hunting dogs.His first-hand 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!

About the Author

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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Publication date

3rd August 2015


Andrew Higgins

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Pen & Sword Military an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd


224 pages


Military history: post WW2 conflicts
Veterinary medicine
Special & elite forces



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