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On Operations with C Squadron SAS (ePub)

Terrorist Pursuit and Rebel Attacks in Cold War Africa

Military > Post-WWII Warfare Military > SAS & Special Forces

By Michael Graham
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 17.5 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781526772824
Published: 1st May 2020


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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’.

The Cold War was a hot war for the SAS in the Middle East and Africa. This is an untold story that provides unique insight into how the SAS were employed during the Cold War. – Very Highly Recommended

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...the third and final 'stand-alone' personal and highly revealing account by a former Second-in-Command of C Squadron SAS's (Special Air Service) operations during the Cold War.

Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International

The author also shares a lot of personal–so to speak–biographical elements with the readers, which makes his books even more human and lifelike...worth reading for academics, members of the armed and law enforcement forces, and anyone interested in a lesser-known period of SAS activity.

Terrorism & Political Violence

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.

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Beating Tsundoku

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.

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About Michael Graham

Mike Graham was born in Burnley, Lancashire but brought up in Rhodesia. He was called up for National Service in the Rhodesian Army. After being commissioned as an officer he transferred to the Regular Army and joined the Rhodesian SAS (C Squadron), rising to be Second-in-Command.
His and his fellow officers’ experiences are the subject of this book, the sequel to Secret SAS Missions in Africa and SAS Action in Africa. He left the Army as a Major and emigrated to New Zealand in 1990. Married to Sharen, Mike sadly passed away in September 2019.

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