Farewell to Aden

Roger Hudson details the tense situation leading up to the evacuation of British troops from Aden in 1967.

Men of the Parachute Regiment conduct a house-to-house search in the last months before Britain's final departure from Aden in November 1967. The local military and police forces have recently mutinied and there are regular attacks on the British, quite apart from a civil war between two rival factions looking to take the place over when independence arrives. Everyone knows of the intention of the British to leave within a year, so why the violence directed at them? Because their word is not trusted, because the Arab peoples have been humiliated in June's Six-Day War by Israel, because a freedom fighter stands a better chance of a prominent position once independence comes.

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