Black SAS war Hero -Talaiasi Labalaba

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Talaiasi Labalaba

Talaiasi LabalabaBEM (13 July 1942 – 19 July 1972), who initially served in the British Army in the Royal Irish Rangers,  was a British-Fijian Sergeant in B Squadron 22nd British SAS unit involved in the Battle of Mirbat on 19 July 1972.

Mirbat Castle, site of the Battle of Mirbat

Mirbat Castle, site of the Battle of Mirbat


SAS Hero: Tribute To Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba


Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba with Omani children in Oman

Labalaba, aged 30, was shot dead whilst firing a 25-pounder gun at the attacking guerrilla forces.

25 Pounder Gun.JPG

He displayed notable bravery by continuing to fire the 25 pounder single handed in spite of being seriously wounded when a bullet hit him on the jaw, after his Omani loader was seriously wounded early in the battle.

Captain Mike Kealy, fellow troopers Tommy Tobin and Sekonaia Takavesi ran a gauntlet of enemy fire but arrived too late to save Labalaba. Both…

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