BAIZLEY, Michael John

Rank: 
Major
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Major Michael Baizley was appointed M.B.E., (Military Division),  in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in operations in the Radfan Area, Western Aden Protectorate, during the period 1st to 15th February 1965.
 
Citation
The officer was in command of ' Z' Company throughout Operation CUT. His careful and methodical planning for the first part of the operation led to the most effective use being made of the men under his command in the setting up of the patrol base and the laying of the various ambush positions. During the second phase, his sound tactics and leadership ensured that the Company group was always on balance. When the Company came under fire his leadership and personal example was an inspiration to all. Without regard for his personal safety he deployed his Company into a position from which it could contain the dissident tribesmen until the arrival of the Hunter airstrikes. He then skilfully withdrew his Company in accordance with orders received. It was due to his coolness and tactical skill that casualties in the Company remained so low and that the operation was concluded so successfully.
 
Sources
London Gazettes Supp. 43749, page 8173.
National Archives file WO 373/136/58.
 

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