Using a Tank to Catch Field Mice: April 1955 to March 1957

  • Preston Jordan Lim


This chapter examines the conduct of counter-insurgency operations between April 1955 and March 1957, contending that traditional interpretations of the Security Forces’ strategy as blockheaded are incorrect. The chapter looks at the failings and successes of Field Marshal Harding’s emergency regulations, then turns to closely examine the conduct of Security Forces’ operations. The Security Forces relied both on traditional methods such as the cordon and search and on innovative measures—namely, the use of helicopters, police dog tracking teams, Q patrols, and X-rays—and consequently inflicted heavy losses on the EOKA.


Helicopter Q patrol X-ray Cyprus Police Force Harding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Preston Jordan Lim
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  1. 1.Schwarzman CollegeTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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