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Selous Scouts by Peter Baxter

Title Selous Scouts
Author Peter Baxter
Publisher [email protected]
Release 2019-08-25
Category Atrocities
Total Pages 72
ISBN 9781912866830
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Formed in 1973 by the legendary Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly at the behest of Rhodesian military supremo General Peter Walls, the Selous Scouts were to write their name into the annals of military history as one of the finest counterinsurgency units of all time, through their innovative pseudo-guerrilla tactics, brilliant reconnaissance operations into Zambia and Botswana and daring flying-column raids into Mozambique. Feared and hated by the liberation movements ZIPRA and ZANLA, the Scouts wreaked untold havoc and destruction on their Soviet- and Chinese-backed enemies, accounting for 68% of guerrilla casualties within Rhodesia alone during the bitter bush war of the 1970s. Uniquely ahead of its time, the regiment - a brotherhood of men that traversed cultural and racial barriers; their Shona motto was 'Pamwe Chete' (together only) - was to produce the type of soldier that earned for the unit one Grand Cross of Valour, nine Silver Crosses and 22 Bronze Crosses of Rhodesia.

Bush War Operator by Andrew Balaam

Title Bush War Operator
Author Andrew Balaam
Publisher Helion and Company
Release 2014-11-19
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1910777455
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the searing heat of the Zambezi Valley to the freezing cold of the Chimanimani Mountains in Rhodesia, from the bars in Port St Johns in the Transkei to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, this is the story of one man's fight against terror, and his conscience. Anyone living in Rhodesia during the 1960s and 1970s would have had a father, husband, brother or son called up in the defense of the war-torn, landlocked little country. A few of these brave men would have been members of the elite and secretive unit that struck terror into the hearts of the ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas infiltrating the country at that time - the Selous Scouts. These men were highly trained and disciplined, with skills to rival the SAS, Navy Seals and the US Marines, although their dress and appearance were wildly unconventional: civilian clothing with blackened, hairy faces to resemble the very people they were fighting against. Twice decorated - with the Member of the Legion of Merit (MLM) and the Military Forces' Commendation (MFC) - Andrew Balaam was a member of the Rhodesian Light Infantry and later the Selous Scouts, for a period spanning twelve years. This is his honest and insightful account of his time as a pseudo operator. His story is brutally truthful, frightening, sometimes humorous and often sad. In later years, after Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, he was involved with a number of other former Selous Scouts in the attempted coups in the Ciskei, a South African homeland, and Lesotho, an independent nation, whose only crimes were supporting the African National Congress. Training terrorists, or as they preferred to be called, 'liberation armies', to conduct a war of terror on innocent civilians, was the very thing he had spent the last ten years in Rhodesia fighting against. This is the true, untold story of these failed attempts at governmental overthrows.

Selous Scouts by Ron Reid-Daly

Title Selous Scouts
Author Ron Reid-Daly
Publisher
Release 1982
Category Guerrillas
Total Pages 432
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Three Sips of Gin by Timothy Bax

Title Three Sips of Gin
Author Timothy Bax
Publisher Helion & Company Limited
Release 2013
Category History
Total Pages 423
ISBN 9781909384293
Language English, Spanish, and French
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There is nothing that terrorized Russian and Chinese-backed guerillas fighting Rhodesia's bush war in the 1970s more than the famed Selous Scouts. The very name of the unit struck fear into the very heart and soul of even the most battle-hardened guerillas. Too afraid to even whisper the name amongst themselves, they referred to soldiers of the unit simply as Skuzapu, or pickpockets. It was not for nothing that history has recorded the Selous Scouts Regiment as being one of the deadliest and most effective killing machines in modern counter-insurgency warfare.

Assignment Selous Scouts by Jim Parker

Title Assignment Selous Scouts
Author Jim Parker
Publisher Galago Pub.
Release 2006-01-01
Category Guerrillas
Total Pages 360
ISBN 9781919854144
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Rhodesian Bush War had grumbled on at a low key since the early 1960s, but it escalated sharply in late 1972 when major infiltrations of ZANLA guerillas from Mozambique began. The Rhodesian forces found it difficult to engage the guerrillas using conventional counter-insurgency methods, because the enemy's tactic was to merge with the local tribal population. This resulted in the formation of the Selous Scouts whose role was to infiltrate pseudo-geurillas into enemy groups, gather intelligence and turn captured guerillas into pro-government fighters. The Selous Scouts accounted for 68% of all guerillas killed or captured during the war.

Title Further Memoirs of a Bush War Operator
Author A. J. Balaam
Publisher Helion
Release 2020-03-19
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages
ISBN 9781913118587
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the searing heat of the Zambezi valley to the freezing cold of the Chimanimani mountains in Rhodesia; from the bars in Port St John's in the Transkei to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa; to the slums of Maputo Mocambique and the violence and corruption of Beira Mocamique to the beauty of the Portuguese Islands. This is one man's story of his fight against terror and survival in a world that no longer had any use for him or his skills. Twice decorated with the Member Of The Legion of Merit ( MLM ) and the Military Forces Commendation (MFC) Andrew Balaam was a member of the Rhodesian Light Infantry and later the Selous Scouts for twelve years. This is his account of his experiences whilst in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Selous Scouts, Transkei and South African Government. His story is brutally truthful, frightening and sometimes humorous. It is also the story of the final hours of one of the finest armies in the world, The fight for power amongst senior Amy Officers, the fighting, back stabbing and spying as seen through the eyes of the author.

Title Shadows of a Forgotten Past
Author Paul French
Publisher Helion and Company
Release 2012-12-19
Category History
Total Pages 224
ISBN 1909384364
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 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. Born in West London, Paul French first sought military adventure in the County of London Yeomanry and then 21 SAS (V). Here, Paul discovered a yearning for hard work and arduous duty. A subsequent defence contract took him to Abu Dhabi where he learnt of Rhodesia and its attractions. Holidaying in Rhodesia, Paul took the opportunity to join the Rhodesian Army, serving with the renowned Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts. In 1980, Paul moved to the South African Defence Force, joining its elite 6 Reconnaissance Commando. Upon leaving the SADF a career in private security followed. An accomplished skydiver, Paul has thousands of jumps to his credit, and still jumps today. Married to Petah, Paul has three children. He continues to work in the security industry and now lives in the South-west of England. Shadows of A Forgotten Past is his first book.

Pamwe Chete by Ron Reid-Daly

Title Pamwe Chete
Author Ron Reid-Daly
Publisher Covos Day
Release 2002
Category History
Total Pages 593
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Bleed by John R. Cronin

Title The Bleed
Author John R. Cronin
Publisher
Release 2018-08-17
Category
Total Pages 549
ISBN 9781717840509
Language English, Spanish, and French
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These memoirs are a 30-year window into the life of someone who patrolled with Marine Recon in the jungles of Vietnam, jumped into action with the Rhodesian Light Infantry's Fire Force, infiltrated guerrilla groups on counterinsurgency operations with the Selous Scouts and later waded through the strife in Beirut. It's not just a war story - though there are stories of three wars of appalling brutality and vengeance embedded in this narrative, each with an analysis of why they occurred and why they came to such a calamitous end for the governments that waged them. But this is also an account of what it was like as an American, as a total stranger in these cultures, living through these bloody and momentous events that occurred across several continents and what people had to endure just to make it from one day to the next. It's a story of survival.

Title SAS Great Britain s Elite Special Air Service
Author Leroy Thompson
Publisher Zenith Imprint
Release 1999
Category
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9781610607421
Language English, Spanish, and French
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