PRO-COMMUNIST ARMY OFFICER'S VIEW THAT WAR WITH BRITAIN WAS INEVITABLE AND THAT

Created: 10/24/1964

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ACCORDINGRO-COMMUNIST ARMY OFFICER, THE INDONESIAN ARMY FEELS THAT AN ARMED CONFLICT WITH THE BRITISH OVER MALAYSIA IS INEVITABLE. THE INDONESIAN ARMED FORCES ARE THEREFORE PREPARING TO DEFEND INDONESIAN TERRITORY AGAINST BRITISH ATTACKS AND FOR PURPOSES OF RETALIATION OR DETERRENCE ARE PLANNING TO INSTALL SOVIET BALLISTIC MISSILE BASES IN INDONESIAN TERRITORY.

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STRAITS, OTHER BRITISH WARSHIPS WERE LYING OFF INDONESIA PREPARED TO LAND TROOPS ON SUMATRA IF THE INDONESIA ARMED FORCES ATTACKED THOSE BRITISH AND AUSTRALIAN WARSHIPS MANE "TVER INC IN INDONESIAN TERRITORIAL WATERS.

B. THE INDONESIAN GENERAL STAFF NOW BELIEVES THAT AN

ARMED CONFLICT BETWEEN INDONESIA AND BRITAIN IS XSBTITABLE ON BRITAIN'S INITIATIVE. INDONESIA IS THEREFORE PREPARING TO DEFEND HER TERRITORY AND ALSO TOAPABILITY TO RETALIATE AGAINST BRITISH AGGRESSION AND TO POSSIBLY DETER IT.

TO'RETALIATE IF NEED BE AGAINST BRITAIN AND HER SEATO

ALLIES AND TO POSSIBLY DETER BRITISH AGGRESSION. INDONESIA HAS ORDERED FROM THE USSR BALLASTIC MISSILES. THE MISSILES AND THE SOVIET TECHNICIANS WHO WILL CONSTRUCT THE MISSILE- SITES ARE NOW BEING AWAITED IN INDONESIA. -IT IS HOPED THAT THE MISSILE BASES. WHICH WILL BE DEPLOYED STRATEGICALLY THROUGHOUT INDONESIA. WILL BE OPERATIONALY BY THE END THE MISSILES. WHICH AS FAR AS IS KNOWN TO INDONESIANS NOW, WILL BE OF THE SAME TYPE AS THOSE WHICH WERE ONCE INSTALLED IN CUBA. THEY WILL BE AIMED TO COVER ANY POINT IN SOUTH EAST ASIA. THE ROCKETS HAVE BEEN SAID TOREAT ENOUGH RANGE TOAUSTRALIA AND JAPAN.

D, THE INDONESIAN GENERAL STAFF ASSUMES THAT BRITAIN WOULD HAVE SO DIFFICULTY LANDING THEIR ARMY ON INDONESIAN SOIL BECAUSE OF

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NAVAL STRENGTH. INDONESIA IS THEREFOREAN INVASION BY STRENGTHENING ITS LAND FORCES. BRITAIN

CAN NO LONGER DEPEND ON ASSISTANCE FROM THE PRRI, DI-TII AS STEPS HAVE BEEN TAKEN TO NEUTRALIZE THESE ELEMENTS. ONLY RECENTLYRRI INDONESIANS FROM MALAYA WERE CAPTVRED TRYING TO LAND IS EAST F THESE WERE ARMED WITH STEN GUNS.

E. AN INSPECTION OF THE EASTERN COAST OF SUMATRA IN EARLY OCTOBER BY LT. COLONEL ZAIN SHOWED THAT THE MILITARY THE HANSIP (CIVILIAN DEFENCE CORPS) AND THE GENERAL POPULACE ARE RAPIDLY REACHING A FULL STATE OF MILITARY READINESS AND SHOULD BE TOTALLY PREPARED TO DEFEND THE AREA BY JANUARY

HANSIP BATTALIONS. AND ONLY ONE ARMY COMPANY

IN THE CITY OF MEDAN. TWO BATTALIONS OF PASUXAN GERAK TJEPAT (PGT-MOBILE ARMY SHOCK TROOPS) REMAIN DEPLOYED IN THE VICINITY OF MEDAN FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE POLONIA AIRFIELD. THE REST OF

THE TROOPS NORMALLY STATIONED IN MEDAN, ALL MILITARY DOCUMENTS AND ALL VITAL WAR MATERIAL WERE RECENTLY MOVED OUT OF MEDAN AND DEPLOYED INLAND. PLANS HAVE BEEN DRAWN UP FOR DEFENDING NORTH SUMATRA IN DEPTH WITH EMPHASIS PLACED ON CvTRRI-LA WARFARE. IT IS ASSUMED THAT MEDAN COULD NOT BE DEFENDED. LT. COLONEL MALIKI HAS BEEN APPOINTED COMMANDER OF THE GUERRILLAS WHO WOULD SURROUND MEDAN AND CONDUCT OPERATIONS AGAINST THE CITY. LT. COLONEL JUSIT HAS BEEN APPOINTED COMMANDER OF GUERRILLAS IN THE REGIONS OF SEMALUNGAN, TANAH KARO AND LANGKAT.

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