The untold story of the daring NZ SAS mission to rescue UN personnel in West Timor
It was 20 years ago today that a small SAS detachment from the New Zealand Defence Force took part in a daring mission to safely remove dozens of United Nations personnel from hostile territory in West Timor. And their reward? Coca-Cola and chocolate bars. In his own words, Lieutenant Colonel Rob Hitchings, New Zealand’s Chief of Staff on the Brigade HQ in East Timor at the time, recalls the planning and execution of the risky mission.