British Army soldiers in the jungle in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising in 1952 or 1953.
© IWM (MAU 545)

Thomas Probert began an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award nominally titled ‘The impact of participating in British counterinsurgency campaigns on British armed forces personnel, 1945- 1975’, in October 2016. A partnership between the Imperial War Museums and the Open University, this project will investigate the impact and experience of participation in high-stress, low-intensity campaigns, ranging over hostile terrains. Taking a comparative approach, this research will utilise the resources of the Imperial War Museums, to bring light to the psychological and social reality of countering insurgencies.