On Operations with C Squadron SAS (Kindle)
Terrorist Pursuit and Rebel Attacks in Cold War Africa
This is the third and final ‘stand-alone’ account of C Squadron SAS’s thrilling operations against the relentless spread of communist backed terrorism in East Africa.
Drawing on first-hand experiences the author describes operations against communist-backed terrorists in Angola and Mozambique, aiding the Portuguese and Renamo against the MPLA and Frelimo respectively.
Back in Southern Rhodesia SAS General Peter Walls, realising the danger that Mugabe and ZANU represented, appealed directly to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This correspondence, published here for the first time, changed nothing and years of corruption and genocide followed.
Although C Squadron was disbanded in 1980 many members joined the South African special forces. Operations undertaken included unsuccessful and costly destabilisation attempts against Mugabe and missions into Mozambique including the assassination of Samora Machel. By 1986 deteriorating relationships with the South African authorities resulted in the break-up of the SAS teams who dispersed worldwide.
Had Mike Graham not written his three action-packed books, C Squadron SAS’s superb fighting record might never have been revealed. For those who are fascinated by special forces soldiering his accounts are ‘must reads’.
Graham is a terrific storyteller, writing in a journalistic style. His tales of combat are those of an authentic cold warrior fighting on the front lines of a proxy war. His perspective is personal and focused on his work, though he detours into an extended opinion of how the British let down Rhodesia after Margaret Thatcher was asked to help and refused. Fighting communists was Graham’s life for twelve years, so it is unsurprising how much he hates them, but he shows little understanding of the conflict beyond the stark realities of war. For those interested in small unit combat operations in Africa, this is a very good read.Beating Tsundoku
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The continuing exploits of Michael (Mick) Graham and his Troop, Sierra 17, in the Rhodesian bush wars. This time in conjunction with the Portuguese forces operating within Angola and Mozambique targeting the forces of FRELIMO and RENAMO. Sierra 17 spent time in teaching conventional paratroopers trained for a more European war in the arts of fighting in the bush. Importantly they taught to a very receptive audience how to move silently, track your enemy and be able to hit hard and effectively. Both terrorist groups were waging their war against the Portuguese colonies with the aid of China in the main, but also Russia.Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)
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