MECA Oman Oral History

MECA Oman Oral History

The Middle East Centre Archive holds oral history interviews from two projects led by Fiona Warton to interview veterans from the Sultan's Armed Forces who served in Oman in the 1960s-1970s. The project 'Frontier Force: Reflections on Securing Dhofar for Civil Development 1972-79' and 'Reflections on the Oman Insurgency 1965-1975 and its renaissance'.

Permission is required from Fiona Warton for copies of the videos and for quotation in publication. Permission is not required for quotation in unpublished material (such as student essays, dissertations and theses) providing the source is acknowledged.

For other collections relating to Oman please see our Oman Archive webpage.

Oman Oral History Guide

List of Oman Oral History Interviews

The length of the interviews are rounded to the nearest minute.

  • Abbot, David (b.1938). 22 SAS. 75 minutes.
  • Akehurst, Lady Shirley. Widow of General Sir John Akehurst. 50 minutes.
  • Allen, Gordon (b.1950). Royal Artillery. 107 minutes.
  • Ambusaidi, Hamed Nasser (b.1953). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 74 minutes.
  • Austin, Mike (b.1945). 71 minutes.
  • Bailey, Martin Savile (b.1944). 187 minutes.
  • Baker, Neville (b.1924). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 112 minutes.
  • Bass, Dr Felix William John de. Anesthestist to SS FST in Salalah 1972. 59 minutes.
  • Blackett, Sandy (b.1948) Muscat Regiment 1971-1973. 69 minutes.
  • Blair-Hickman, Bill (b.1942). SOAF 1975-1978. 65 minutes.
  • Blashford-Snell, John (b.1936). Royal Engineer (Engineer Field Squadron). 76 minutes.
  • Brett, Jules (b.1936). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 59 minutes.
  • Butcher, Peter (b.1947). Sultan of Oman's Air Force (Helicopter Squadron) 1972-1974. 38 minutes.
  • Cameron, Allan (b.1945) SAS. 40 minutes.
  • Christie, Ian Alexander (b.1935). Commander Muscat Regiment 1974-1977. 52 minutes.
  • Cole, Roger (b.1944). 22 SAS. 65 minutes.
  • Collett, David (b.1946). SAS. 22 minutes.
  • Cook, Will (b.1951). Royal Artillery. 174 minutes.
  • Cooke, Martin (b.1950) Royal Marines seconded to Frontier Force in 1975 as Intelligence Officer and then Company Second in Command, Jan 1977 moved to Western Frontier Force as Company Commander and left Sultan’s Armed Forces in July 1977. 67 minutes.
  • Cooper, Brian (b.1941). SAS. 65 minutes.
  • Creak, Sean (b.1944). Sultan of Oman's Air Force 1970-1977. 68 minutes.
  • Daniel, Charlie (b.1949). Royal Marines. 93 minutes.
  • Dawson, Sandy (b.1944). 31 minutes.
  • Forbes, Jonathan (b.1947). 70 minutes.
  • Forsythe, Richard Allan. (b.1947). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 110 minutes.
  • Gardiner, Ian (b.1950) Royal Marines in Oman 1973-1975. 85 minutes.
  • Gordon, Ian. 125 minutes.
  • Gregg, Tresham (b.1947). Served in Northern Frontier Regiment, Desert Regiment and Plains Company 1971-1973. 71 minutes.
  • Grey, Denis "Nobby" (b.1946). Sultan of Oman's Air Force . 47 minutes.
  • Hastie-Smith, Robin (b.1947). SAF, Muscat Regiment 1972-1973. 36 minutes.
  • Herbert, Mike "Herbie". Sultan of Oman's Air Force 1975-1978. 109 minutes.
  • Higgins, Andrew (b.1948). Royal Army Veterinary Corps, Veterinary Officer for HM Sultan Qaboos. 46 minutes.
  • Hiscock, Peter (b.1935). Served in Frontier Force 1977-1980. 18 minutes.
  • Hiscock, Susan. Nurse who served in UAG Military hospital and a rural health team. Married to Peter Hiscock Commander of Frontier Force. 42 minutes.
  • Hodgson, Paul. SAF Armoured Car Squadron. 214 minutes.
  • Holbrook, Nicholas St Clair. (b.1939). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 99 minutes.
  • Howard, Alan (b.1949). Royal Marines in Oman with 2 Coy Desert Regiment 1971-1974. 90 minutes.
  • Howerski, David (b.1949). Royal Artillery and 22 SAS. 157 minutes.
  • Isaacs, Peter (b.1941). Served in Frontier Force 1975-1978 Company Commander, Battalion Second in Command. 159 minutes.
  • Jeapes, Tony (b.1935). 22 SAS - 1959 took part in the Jebel Akhdar campaign in Northern Oman. Returned to Dhofar 1970 (22 SAS squadron commander). 225 minutes.
  • John, Richard (b.1933). Major in command of an Arab Infantry Company of the Muscat Regiment and in 1970 2nd in command of the Jebel Regiment. Later promoted to Lt Colonel commanding the Oman Gendarmier. In 1973 offered job of Joint Services Welfare Officer to SAF and served until 1986. 90 minutes.
  • Kemball, Christopher (b.1946). SAF Northern Frontier Regiment 1972-1975. 51 minutes.
  • King-Fretts, Paddy (b.1941). 22 SAS. 50 minutes.
  • Kingscote, Michael (b.1950). SAF Northern Frontier Regiment. 118 minutes.
  • Knopp, John (b.1948). Joined in Frontier Force in Jan 1974 initially Base Adjutant in Raysut, joined A Coy as they returned from OP SIMBA, then involved in operations on the Eastern Jebal including the reopening of the road to Marbat, Sudh, establishing a southern road route into Tawi Atair and patrolling from White City during the Khareef and Commanded A Coy from Mar 1975 on OP HORNBEAM until leaving the Sultan’s Armed Forces in Sept 1975. 111 minutes.
  • Lamb, Neil (b.1948). SAF 1973-1975 in Muscat Regiment and SAF Officer Training Wing, SAFTR. 42 minutes.
  • Lockhart, Hugh (b.1945). Seconded to Sultan’s Armed Forces 1972-1973. 64 minutes.
  • Mason, David (b.1951). SAF Desert Regiment 1974-1976. 92 minutes.
  • Mackain-Bremner, Fergus (b.1929). Commanded Muscat Regiment 1970-1972. 32 minutes.
  • Maunsell, Eyre (b.1949). Served in Dhofar in the Armoured Car Squadron 1975-1977. 73 minutes.
  • McKeown, John (b.1941). SAF 1975-1977 as GS02 (Intelligence). 89 minutes.
  • McLean, Colin Patrick (b.1934). Northern Frontier Regiment 1962, HQ SAF Force Recruiting Officer 1965, Commander Dhofar Force 1970, Commander Oman Gendarmerie 1972, Commander National Firqat Forces 1974, HQ SAF military secretary to HM Sultan in the Ministry of Defence 1975. 43 minutes.
  • Milne-Smith, David H. (b.1947). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 141 minutes.
  • Morrison, Alastair. (b.1943). SAS. 55 minutes.
  • Nicholson, Antony Angus. (b.1946). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 85 minutes.
  • O'Shea, Richard. (b.1945). SAS, Northern Frontier Regiment. 206 minutes.
  • Peters, Richard "Dick" (b.1943). 23 SAS. In SAF he was 2nd in command of Red Company, The Desert Regiment. Served in Oman 1967-1970. 40 minutes.
  • Phipps, Leslie. (b.1930). Air Vice Marshal, Commander Sultan of Oman’s Air Force 1973-1974. 71 minutes.
  • Purdon, Corran William Brooke. (1921-2018). Commander Sultan's Armed Forces 1967-1969. 55 minutes.
  • Rahim, Abdul "JB"(b.1957). 97 minutes.
  • Ramsay, Angus (b.1946). SAF - in command of a rifle company. 90 minutes.
  • Ray, Bryan (b.1929). SAF commanded Northern Frontier Regiment Feb-Apr 1974. 98 minutes.
  • Robinson, Vyvyan (b.1930). Served in Sultan’s Armed Forces 1969-1974. 65 minutes.
  • Rowe, Vivian Noel (b.1949). Royal Marines served in Sultan’s Armed Forces 1972-1974, 2nd in command of C Company of the Northern Frontier Regiment. In 1981 he assumed command of the Kateeba Jannoobiya in Dhofar until he left the Sultan’s Armed Forces in 1984. 149 minutes.
  • Ryde, Keith. (b.1951) Joined the Sultan’s Armed Forces in 1973 and commanded 3 Company Desert Regiment and then 2nd in command Muscat Regiment and 2nd in command SAF Training Regiment. 44 minutes.
  • Sadiqi, Malaalah Al. Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 39 minutes.
  • Salusbury-Trelawny, Jonathan (b.1934). Commanding Officer of the Frontier Force Regiment 1974-1977. 15 minutes.
  • Seeney, David (b.1945). 43 minutes.
  • Sichel, Peter (b.1946). SAS and later Civil Aid Department of the Wali of Dhofar’s Office and supervisor for post-war development of the Jebel, then Director of Operations of the Musandam Development Committee. 205 minutes.
  • Smith, Michael (b.1950). 45 minutes.
  • Southby-Tailyour, Ewen (b.1942). Royal Marines served in the Northern Frontier Regiment 1966-1968. 73 minutes.
  • Stirrup, Lord "Jock" Graham Eric (b.1949). RAF and on loan to Sultan of Oman's Air Force 1973-1975. 52 minutes.
  • Tawell, Peter (b.1948). SAF Northern Frontier Regiment 1971. 51 minutes.
  • Telford, Michael (b.1936). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 56 minutes.
  • Thomas, Ian (b.1946). 50 minutes.
  • Thomson, John Miles Findlay Miles. (b.1939) commanded C Battery of the Oman Artillery. 93 minutes.
  • Turle, Arish (b.1939). SAS. First interview 83 minutes and Second interview 129 minutes.
  • Vakatalai, Jim (b.1943). SAS. 65 minutes.
  • Venn, David (b.1941). Royal Marines, seconded to SAF 1971-1972. 221 minutes.
  • Wakolo, Takavesi (b.1943). SAS. 75 minutes.
  • Ward, John (1940-2016). SAS. 55 minutes.
  • Ward, Susan and John. Oman Research Department. 80 minutes.
  • Webb, Michael (b.1949). Contract officer in Frontier Force from 1974-1975. Sound recording only. 51 minutes.
  • West, Barry (b.1937). 42 minutes.
  • Williams, John Barrie (b.1935). 43 minutes.
  • Williams, Peter (b.1951). Served in the Frontier Force from 1976-1978. 67 minutes.
  • Wilkinson, Nigel (b.1945). Sultan of Oman's Air Force. 65 minutes.
  • Wilson, Stewart (b.1951). SAF - Northern Frontier Regiment and Frontier Force 1977-1979 and then posted to Northern Frontier Regiment as the training officer 1980-1982. 31 minutes.
  • Winner, Pete (b.1946). SAS. 74 minutes.
  • Wiseman, John (b.1940). SAS. 33 minutes.


More catalogues will be added in due course.

Neville Baker Collection (PDF File)

Oral history video interview of Wing Commander Neville Baker in conversation with Fiona Warton for the project 'Reflections on the Oman Insurgency 1965-1975 and its renaissance.' The interview covers Neville Baker’s service in the Sultan of Oman’s Air Force 1970-1978, especially his time as Squadron Leader of 3 Squadron and the introduction of helicopters into the Sultan’s Armed Forces. The interview is 1 hour 51 minutes 54 seconds in length. 3 digital VOB files. Handlist.