Corporal Saleh Haiderah Yafai, Military Medal pictured wearing 1939-45 Defence and War ribbons.

Corporal Saleh Haiderah Yafai MM

The lack of political cohesion in the region made the South Arabian scene very confused, with fragmented, rival groups contending for power in the Yemen. Some tribes such as the Upper Yafai were out of reach of any power block. Consequently, members of the Yafai tribe were highly valued members of the Aden Protectorate Levies (APL) predominantly for their reliability and independence.

Vickers medium machine gun in a sand-bagged diorama

Vickers Medium Machine Gun

The .303 Vickers MMG was used extensively by the RAF Regiment and its forebears in the Armoured Car Companies and Ground Gunner Defence Squadrons.