First posted on September 3rd 2004, last revised on December 22nd 2004






External Links : Links related to Malayan Military History

For links on general military history sources, go to History of Warfare Main Page

List of Malaysian Wars 1800-1999, from ACED
List of Wars of the U.K. 1800-1999, from ACED
Malay Archipelago and Peninsular Malaysia 945-1500, 1500-1800, 1796-1925, 1919-1945, 1945-2000, from World History Encyclopedia, timeline
Orders, Decorations and Medals of Malaysia, from ODM
The Johor Empire, from Serajah Melayu, A History of the Malay Peninsula
History of Kedah, Perak, Pahang, Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis, Johor, from Kampungku
Printed Reference

Barbara Watson Andaya, Leonard V. Andaya, A History of Malaysia, Honolulu : Univ. of Hawai'i Press 2001, KMLA Lib.Sign. 959.5 A 543h



Wars affecting the Malay Peninsula before 1511

1414-1423
1423-1459
1455-1456
1459-1477
1477-1488
1499
1509
1511
Expansion of Malaccan territory
Further expansion of Malaccan territory
Siamese campaign into Mlay peninsula
Perak conquered by Malacca; Siak became Malaccan dependency
Malaccan conquest of southern tip of peninsula, Riau Archipelago
Kelantan conquered by Malacca
First Portuguese attempt to take Malacca
Portuguese conquest of the port of Malacca


Wars affecting the Malay Peninsula 1511-1819

1517
1520
1521
1524
1525
1526
1535
1539
1550
1558
1564
1567
1570
1571
1575
1576
1578
c.1580
1582
1586
1603
1606
1608
1613
1615
1619-1620
1626
1629
1634
1636
1640-1641
1666-1673
1667
1685
1689
1709-1710
1710
1715
1715
1715
1717-1718
1723-1724
1743
1756-1757
1759-1761
1770
1784
1785
1787
1788
1789
1791
1792
1794
1795
1804
1808
1811
1818
Troops of Sultan (formerly of Malacca) attempted to retake Malacca
Troops of Sultan (formerly of Malacca) attempted to retake Malacca
Troops of Sultan (formerly of Malacca) attempted to retake Malacca
Pasai conquered by Aceh
Troops of Sultan (formerly of Malacca) attempted to retake Malacca
Portuguese expedition which destroyed Bintan
Portuguese expedition against Kota Kara (Johor)
Acehnese expedition temporarily tok Anu, a Johor vessel, but then the Acehnese were ousted
Malacca besieged by allied Acehnese, Johorese forces
Acehnese tried to conquer Malacca
War between Aceh and Johor; Acehnese attack of Kota Batu, Johor Lama
Malacca besieged by allied Acehnese, Johorese forces
Acehnese tried to conquer Malacca
Malacca besieged by allied Acehnese, Johorese forces
Acehnese tried to conquer Malacca
Portuguese attack on Johor Lama
Portuguese attack on Johor Lama
Acehnese expedition into Perak
Acehnese attack of Kota Batu, Johor Lama (Johor)
Johor siege of Portuguese Malacca
Siamese conquest of Kelantan principalities
First Dutch expedition againt Portuguese Malacca
Dutch expedition againt Portuguese Malacca
Acehnese invasion of Johor
Dutch expedition againt Portuguese Malacca
Acehnese campaign against Kedah, Perak, Johor, Padang
Malacca besieged by the Acehnese
Portuguese naval victory over the Acehnese
Siamese punitive expedition against Patani
Dutch (V.O.C.) raid on the Portuguese port of Malacca
Dutch (V.O.C.) Conquest of Malacca, from the Portuguese
War between Johor and Jambi; Capital of Johor sacked by fleet from Jambi (1673)
Dutch (V.O.C.) expedition against Aceh (Sumatra)
Attack by Perak on Dutch outpost on Pangkor Island
Attack by Perak on Dutch outpost on Pangkor Island
Siamese invasion of the Malay Peninsula
Revolt in Batu Bahara, Sultante of Johor
Kedah raided by Selangor Bugis
Johor sent punitive expedition against Selangor Bugis; it was repelled
Kedah Civil War
Johor Civil War, beginning in the Johor dependency of Siak (Sumatra)
Kedah Civil War
Power Struggle in Perak
War between Dutch Malacca (V.O.C.) and the Bugis of Linggi
War between Siak and Dutch Malacca (V.O.C.)
Bugi invasion of Kedah
War between the V.O.C. and the Bugis of Riau, Johor
Selangor conquered V.O.C. outposts
Dutch (V.O.C.) expelled from Riau; they retook it soon afterward
Kedah attack on British (E.I.C.) Penang
Rebellion in Patani against Thai overlordship
Rebellion in Patani against Thai overlordship
Perak Civil War
Trengganu invasion of Kelantan
British occupation of Malacca (hitherto Dutch, returned 1816)
Selangor occupied some Perak territory
Rebellion in Patani against Thai overlordship
British occupation of Java (V.O.C. headquarters; returned in 1816)
Kedah invasion of Perak


Wars affecting the Malay Peninsula, 1819-1945

1821
1825
1831
1831
1837
1837-1870s
1838
1851-1864
1858-1863
1861-1865
1862
1863
1865
1867-1873
1867-1873
1870-1872
1875-1876
1942-1945
Siamese invasion of Kedah
Siamese expedition against Perak
Coup in Kedah; Siamese briefly ousted
Uprising in Patani
Kelantan Civil War
British campaign to eradicate piracy in the waters off Malaysia
Kedah rebellion against Siamese overlordship; Patani temporarily liberated
Taiping Rebellion in China stimulated Chinese emigration into South East Asia
Pahang Civil War
Quarrels among Hakka (Chinese Immigrant) Tin Miners in Perak
British shelling of Kuala Trengganu
Trengganu invasion of Pahang
Perak Civil War
Pahang Civil War, between groups of Chinse immigrants over control of mining areas
Selangor Civil War
Kedah Civil War
Perak War
World War II : Japanese Occupation


Wars affecting Malaya 1946-1963

1948-1960
Malayan Emergency (struggle against communist guerilla)









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