Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts

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This all-new work chronicles the experiences of Paul French who, upon leaving the British Army's 21 SAS (V), sought adventure and excitement in C Squadron of the Rhodesian SAS. Upon passing the arduous Rhodesian SAS selection course, Paul was thrown into the maelstrom that was the Rhodesian Bush War. Here he participated in the SAS's infamous raid on Joshua Nkomo and numerous other operations against insurgent / liberation forces. Passing selection for Ron Reid-Daly's elite counterinsurgency specialists, the ...
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Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts

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Overview

This all-new work chronicles the experiences of Paul French who, upon leaving the British Army's 21 SAS (V), sought adventure and excitement in C Squadron of the Rhodesian SAS. Upon passing the arduous Rhodesian SAS selection course, Paul was thrown into the maelstrom that was the Rhodesian Bush War. Here he participated in the SAS's infamous raid on Joshua Nkomo and numerous other operations against insurgent / liberation forces. Passing selection for Ron Reid-Daly's elite counterinsurgency specialists, the Selous Scouts, the author took part in 'externals' against FRELIMO and ' attachments' with the Mozambique National Resistance. Paul continued to serve on operations with the Rhodesian SAS until the end of the 'Chimurenga' in 1980. Paul then went on to join the South African Defense Force's elite 6 Reconnaissance Commando. A career in private security followed, with a series of assignments in Angola, Iraq and Somalia.

This impressive book pulls no punches. It gives a unique and purposefully opinionated insight into the workings of the Rhodesian SAS and the Selous Scouts. It tells of the missions that succeeded and of the many that failed. It notes simply and succinctly the sheer stress and danger of special forces operations - all of which were deep in enemy-held territory with the threat of capture and death. Attempts to blow rail lines, helicopter assaults, pseudo-operations, the laying of deadly ambushes and risky parachute inserts are candidly related, accompanied by an unparalleled selection of photographs, most of which have never been published before.

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Peter McAleese
Shadows of a Forgotten Past is a thrilling, rollercoaster ride; it goes right to the heart of Special Forces soldiering.
—Peter McAleese (author of the classic No Mean Soldier and the forthcoming Beyond No Mean Soldier)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908916600
  • Publisher: Helion & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/19/2012
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 831,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of photographs 6

List of maps 10

Author's note 11

Glossary of terms and abbreviations 13

Introduction 16

1 Selection comparisons 23

2 Rhodesian SAS 33

3 Selous Scouts Pseudo Operations 48

4 The operation that went wrong 59

5 Anecdotes 73

6 Raid on Joshua Nkomo, Lusaka, 14 April 1979 103

7 The operation that went right 108

8 Operation Tepid, October 1979 141

9 The Cisco and Marianne Guerreiro story 146

10 Mozambique National Resistance 156

11 End of an era 177

12 Angola, Somalia and Iraq 181

Appendix: Warning signs 201

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