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Venter'¨"s choice of military events is eclectic. He has four chapters on Afghanistan, three on Somalia, several on how Lisbon fought its desperate rearguard colonial wars in Angola, Mozambique and Portuguese Guinea as well as several on the Rhodesian War. These include a tribute to his old friend Ron Reid-Dale, founder-commander of the Selous Scouts, a vivid profile of the RLI '¨‹Incredibles'¨" in a cross-border strike on enemy positions in Mozambique as well as a chapter by Colonel Brian Robinson, longest serving commander of the Rhodesian SAS. Venter also draws heavily on his experiences as a military correspondent for Britain'¨"s Jane'¨"s Information Group in the Middle East: he accompanied the IDF when it went into Beirut in 1982. Neall Ellis who flew helicopter gunships against the rebels in Sierra Leone and is currently flying support missions in Russian Mi-8s in Afghanistan, Al Venter going into combat with a bunch of South African '¨‹Parabats'¨" in a strike against enemy positions in Angola (where he was subsequently wounded), Mike Hoare'¨"s aborted invasion of the Seychelles a quarter of a century ago, an American mercenary in Iraq as well as a United States Navy rescue mission in Somalia are among more than 30 chapters that appear in this new book. The book is illustrated with more than 100 photographs and follows the publication of his earlier military titles War Dog(2006) and Barrel of a Gun(2010), both published by Casemate in the US and Britain.
Al J. Venter is known as a war correspondent, documentary filmmaker, and author of more than 40 books. He served as an African and Middle East correspondent for various publications in the stable of Britain's Jane's Information Group. In a career that-has lasted almost half a century, he has reported on a number of Africa's bloodiest conflicts.
Table of Contents
|Introduction - Back to Africa||p. 14|
|Into Angola With Charlie Company||p. 29|
|Seychelles Mercenary Invasion: Mike Hoare and Associates||p. 57|
|Operation Impossible - On the Run Across Southern Africa||p. 75|
|Wartime Hunting in Africa||p. 92|
|Africa's Backyard Firearms Factories||p. 106|
|Zanzibar's Bloody Revolt||p. 117|
|America's Secret Rescue Mission in Somalia||p. 137|
|Somalia: Still burning||p. 145|
|Angolan Skirmish with 44 Parachute Brigade||p. 159|
|Ron Reid-Daly - A Tribute to the Man and his Scouts||p. 179|
|Living on the Edge in Beirut||p. 206|
|SWAPO'S First Attacks in South West Africa||p. 221|
|Waiting in the Ground in Kosovo for the Deminers||p. 241|
|Gunship for Hire: Sierra Leone (August 2000)||p. 248|
|Portugal's Wars in Africa||p. 258|
|Death of a Guerrilla Fighter||p. 273|
|The War in Portuguese Guinea||p. 282|
|Jungle Patrol||p. 296|
|In the Heart of an African Military Struggle||p. 312|
|Six Soviet Choppers Ambushed in Angola||p. 326|
|Willem Steenkamp - Reporting on South Africa's Border Wars||p. 339|
|"The Incredibles": The Rhodesian Light Infantry||p. 360|
|Surviving Africa||p. 381|
|An American Hostage of Hizbollah||p. 402|
|Greg Lovett - An American Soldier of Fortune in Iraq||p. 422|
|Freetown: Diamonds, a Civil War and Amputees||p. 439|
|Into the Bush War with the Rhodesian SAS||p. 457|
|Air Wing in Africa's Mountain Kingdom||p. 479|
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