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Armies Abroad: Britain in Somaliland

End of Scouts and British Presence in Somalia

Letter from Lietenant Colonel M.E.M. MacWILLIAM to Ismay regarding SC handover (Ref: smay 3/1/99)Letter from Lietenant Colonel M.E.M. MacWILLIAM to Ismay regarding SC handover (Ref: Ismay 3/1/99)Eventually British Military presence in Somaliland was drastically reduced with the establishment of the united Somali Republic in 1960.

These letters below, received by Ismay from Lieutenant Colonel M.E.M MacWilliam, cover the handover period in which the Scouts were amalgamated into the Somali National Army.

With this came the eventual departure of British Military forces which had been present in the region for over 60 years.

For many officials, this was seen as the end of an era or as Lieutenant Colonel MacWilliam writes, "the last phase of the British Military in connection with this country" (Ref: Ismay 3/1/98).

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