Naval War College Review

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Gestapu--Ten Years After


L.K. Burgess


March 1976 commemorates the 10th anniversary of the culmination of a series of events which is one of the watersheds of contemporary Asian history. These events began in October 1965 with an attempt by the Communist Party of Indonesia (PK!) to overthrow the government of President Sukarno and establish itself as a revolutionary power at a time when similar Communist attempts in Southeast Asia were not going well. Indonesian military forces under the skillful leadership of General Suharto quickly rallied and turned the tide against the Communists and in favor of the established political order.