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SAS Action in Africa (Paperback)

Terrorists, Poachers and Civil War C Squadron Operations, 1968–1980

Military > SAS & Special Forces

By Michael Graham
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 32 black and white
ISBN: 9781526762283
Published: 3rd November 2020


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This gripping action-packed book is the eagerly awaited sequel to the best-selling Secret SAS Missions in Africa. C Squadron SAS, comprising dedicated battle-hardened veterans, operated against ruthless terrorist groups, trained and equipped by the Chinese and Russians between 1968 and 1980.

The Author, who rose to be the Squadron Second-in-Command, is superbly qualified to tell the inside story of their daring and deadly operations undertaken regardless of international borders in former Southern Rhodesia, Zambia, Angola and Mozambique. These include actively supporting Renamo, who were bitterly opposed to the Marxist/Leninist Frelimo regime in Mozambique. Operation DINGO, the Squadron’s largest mission, destroyed a large ZANU training base and almost tipped the balance of power against Mugabe. We learn the story behind the shooting down of two civilian aircraft in what is now Zimbabwe and the special force follow-up to exact revenge. Also described are anti-poaching operations against break-away groups intent on trading ivory and rhino horns.

With its fast pace, colourful characters and behind-the-lines operations, SAS Action in Africa is a superb and thrilling read.

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

An interesting, very readable book, of some 199 pages detailing some of the activities of Sierra 17 of C Squadron of the Rhodesian SAS, during the intense war there and in Mozambique before black majority rule under ZANU PF in what is now Zimbabwe. The author was the officer commanding Sierra 17 during this period. The Rhodesian SAS were originally formed from history as C Squadron 22 SAS and have at the time this book relates too, kept the historical link with their founding Regiment.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

The SAS are a premier Special Forces Organisation and the nature of their role results in very little coverage in print. This new book, by a 2IC of C Squadron is a fast paced exposure of SAS operations in Africa in the late 1950s through to 1980. – Most Highly Recommended.

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What a pleasant read, I received this book not knowing much about this subject but found it unputdownable once I started.
It is written by a soldier who lived through the action and it describes the covert war in rhodesia and it is written in a way that engages its reader..... This is what makes this a 5 star book.
Anyone interested in the SAS family will not be disappointed by this fantastic book.

Amazon Customer, Richard Domoney-Saunders

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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