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Major Frank Kitson: Gangs and Counter-Gangs

Major Frank Kitson: Gangs and Counter-Gangs

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Frank Kitson's book will be of special interest to those of us who served in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion since few people could be told at the time of the special operations developed by him. But there are many lessons in his story which will be of equal interest to those whose business it is to study or take part in the restoration of law and order. The British Army has been kept busy with that kind of work in recent years.
Global war is an international affair and it is in the international field that our statesmen will strive to reach agreement to reduce the likelihood of such a calamity. But keeping control in our Colonies and Protectorates is our own affair. The likelihood of military support to our Colonial administration must be rated high. In Africa alone there are vast areas which under our guidance are moving towards a greater degree of self government.
Frank Kitson's book will be of special interest to those of us who served in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion since few people could be told at the time of the special operations developed by him. But there are many lessons in his story which will be of equal interest to those whose business it is to study or take part in the restoration of law and order. The British Army has been kept busy with that kind of work in recent years.
Global war is an international affair and it is in the international field that our statesmen will strive to reach agreement to reduce the likelihood of such a calamity. But keeping control in our Colonies and Protectorates is our own affair. The likelihood of military support to our Colonial administration must be rated high. In Africa alone there are vast areas which under our guidance are moving towards a greater degree of self government.

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Gangs andCounter-gangs
MAJOR.
FRANK KITSON
M.B.E., M.C.WITH A FOREWORD BYGENERAL SIR GEORGE ERSKINEG.C.B., K.B.E., D.S.O.LIEUTENANT-GOVERNOR ANDCOMMANDER IN CHIEF, JERSEYFORMERLY C. IN C, KENYALONDONBARRIE AND ROCKLIFF
 
© Frank Kitson 1960First published 1960 by Barrie and Rockliff (Barrie Books Ltd.) 2 Clements' Inn, Strand,London W.C.2Printed and bound in Great Britain byRobert Cunningham and Sons Ltd.Alva, Scotland
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Many people have helped me to produce this book and I should like toacknowledge the help I have received from them. I cannot mention themall by name but I should like to record my gratitude to certain individuals.First I must acknowledge the great debt I owe to the officer who wasresponsible for my going to Kenya in the first place. Had it not been forhim I would have missed the two best years of my army service and therewould have been no book to write. I only discovered a few months agothat the officer concerned was Major J. Harington, D.s.o.,
M.B.E.
Next I should like to thank Lt.-Colonel R. D. Poole for suggestingthat I should write the book and for putting me in touch with a publisherwho was prepared to show me how to present my story.My particular thanks are due to the Hon. A. G. Samuel, Mr L. A.Ullstein and the staff of Barrie and Rockliff for their never-failingguidance during the whole time I have been producing the book. Thebusiness of handling an amateur author is an art in itself and I fully realizehow lucky I was to fall into the hands of such experts.I should also like to thank Lt.-Colonel T. C. Sinclair,
O.B.E., M.C.
forreading the manuscript and for many helpful suggestions. His helpthroughout has been invaluable.I owe a special debt of gratitude to Miss D. Poland for checking theproofs. Not only did she carry out this unrewarding task with speed andefficiency but she also helped me by doing a number of other tiresome butnecessary jobs in connection with the book.Finally I should like to thank all the Europeans and Africans whoworked with me in Kenya for their help and friendship. This book attempts to tell their story and if it brings their struggles to the attentionof their countrymen it will achieve its purpose.
 
CONTENTS
FOREWORD XI
Chapter One
A NEW JOB
I
Two
EARLY DAYS 20
Three
TROUBLE 34
Four 
WARUINGI 49
Five
BIRTH OF AN IDEA 62
Six
THE IDEA GROWS UP 77
Seven
OFFICIAL APPROVAL 91
 Eight 
INTERLUDE 105
 Nine
THE NEW LOOK 114
Ten
THE OATH 123
 Eleven
NAIROBI'S LAST FLING 134
Twelve
THE RISE OF WARUINGI 145
Thirteen
INTERESTING DIVERSION 157
Fourteen
THE FOREST 170
Fifteen
SPECIAL FORCES 185
Sixteen
OPERATION DANTE 192
Seventeen
THE END 199
 Eighteen
EPILOGUE 208

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