BBC Four Army Collection
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This is a particularly interesting piece of historical archive, in that it was never shown across the BBC network, but was only broadcast from the BBC's Oxford, Peterborough and Manningtree transmitters. It vividly illustrates the problems faced by the Army in combating insurgency in Aden, one of the last outposts of Imperial control. We see the problems faced in fighting an unknown enemy in urban conditions, and controlling infiltration in mountainous desert conditions - there are many parallels that can be drawn with the Afghan conflict.
About BBC Four Collection programmes
Programmes are selected, in part, for their historical context and reflect the broadcast standards and attitudes of their time, which may not accord to some current BBC editorial guidelines. We aim to select programmes which can be shown in their entirety but in some cases edits are required. In these cases, edits are kept to a minimum and are made only for technical reasons.
- Roy Ronnie
- Derek Smith