War Stories

Overview

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-Daly, 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 ...

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Overview

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-Daly, 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781869194109
  • Publisher: International Publishers Marketing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Pages: 430
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

AL J. VENTER, now living in the UK, has written over 40 books, including Allah’s Bomb, Iran’s Nuclear Option, and Iraqi War Debrief. As a military correspondent for Jane’s Information Group in Britain for much of his career, he has covered conflicts on almost every continent. Al is also an active diver and passionate shark lover.

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Table of Contents

Foreword James Penrith 1

Introduction - Back to Africa 14

Chapter

1 Into Angola With Charlie Company 29

2 Seychelles Mercenary Invasion: Mike Hoare and Associates 57

3 Operation Impossible - On the Run Across Southern Africa 75

4 Wartime Hunting in Africa 92

5 Africa's Backyard Firearms Factories 106

6 Zanzibar's Bloody Revolt 117

7 America's Secret Rescue Mission in Somalia 137

8 Somalia: Still burning 145

9 Angolan Skirmish with 44 Parachute Brigade 159

10 Ron Reid-Daly - A Tribute to the Man and his Scouts 179

11 Living on the Edge in Beirut 206

12 SWAPO'S First Attacks in South West Africa 221

13 Waiting in the Ground in Kosovo for the Deminers 241

14 Gunship for Hire: Sierra Leone (August 2000) 248

15 Portugal's Wars in Africa 258

16 Death of a Guerrilla Fighter 273

17 The War in Portuguese Guinea 282

18 Jungle Patrol 296

19 In the Heart of an African Military Struggle 312

20 Six Soviet Choppers Ambushed in Angola 326

21 Willem Steenkamp - Reporting on South Africa's Border Wars 339

22 "The Incredibles": The Rhodesian Light Infantry 360

23 Surviving Africa 381

24 An American Hostage of Hizbollah 402

25 Greg Lovett - An American Soldier of Fortune in Iraq 422

26 Freetown: Diamonds, a Civil War and Amputees 439

27 Into the Bush War with the Rhodesian SAS 457

28 Air Wing in Africa's Mountain Kingdom 479

Abbreviations 487

Acknowledgements 491

Index 494

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