This is the third and final stand-alone account of C Squadron SASs thrilling operations against the relentless spread of communist backed terrorism in East Africa. Drawing on first-hand experiences the author describe 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 SASs superb fighting record might never have been revealed. For those who are fascinated by special forces soldiering his accounts are must reads.
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.
Author: Michael Graham
Publisher: Pen and Sword Military
Category: Political Science
This fascinating book is the first to cover the little known C Squadron of the Special Air Service. Operating in East Africa, the Squadron was involved in almost continuous counter communist terrorist operations over the period 1968 to 1980. In the unstable final stages of British colonial and white rule, the Squadron was never short of action. African nationalist movements, backed by Russia's and China's direct and indirect support posed a constant and deadly threat to the existing regimes. Small highly trained detachments of the SAS with highly developed bush warfare skills proved devastatingly effective and achieved results out of all proportion to their size. Often their enemies believed that they were facing rival factions and turned on each other. The inevitable involvement of African wildlife adds an extra dimension of excitement Written by a seasoned former senior member of C Squadron, Secret SAS Missions in Africa paints a graphic and thrilling account of their covert operations and the colourful characters that undertook them.
This fascinating book is the first to cover the little known C Squadron of the Special Air Service.
Author: Michael Graham
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Category: Africa, East
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.
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.
Author: Michael Graham
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
Category: Africa, East
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Along with the remainder of the SAS , C Squadron underwent six weeks of
intensive jungle training in Malaya , where they ... Walls ' experience as an SAS
officer also allowed him to appreciate the value of special operations units such
as the ...
Author: Leroy Thompson
Publisher: Zenith Imprint
In the world of military history there is no brand as potent as that of the SAS. They burst into global prominence in 1980 with their spectacular storming of the Iranian Embassy, and there have been hundreds of books, films, documentaries and even reality TV shows about them. But what there hasn't been is a guide to the scenes of some of their most famous Second World War operations. That is why Gavin Mortimer’s vivid two-volume account of their daring missions in German-occupied France in 1944 is such compelling reading. SAS actions in France delayed German reinforcements reaching the battlefront in Normandy, later sewing confusion among the Germans as they withdrew. The SAS trained the French Maquis and helped to turn them from an undisciplined rabble into an effective fighting force. Their exploits inflicted heavy casualties on the Germans, and they left a trail of destruction and disorder in their wake. In this second volume focusing on 2 SAS he describes in graphic detail operations Loyton, Wallace and Hardy, and Rupert, all of which were carried out in eastern France. Using previously unpublished interviews with SAS veterans and members of the Maquis as well as rare photographs, Gavin Mortimer blends the past and present, so that readers can walk in the footsteps of SAS heroes and see where they lived, fought and died.
2 SAS Operations, June to October 1944 Gavin Mortimer. On 24 September most
of C Squadron left Houndsworth for Cosne, and the next day Marsh and the HQ
section followed, bringing Kipling to an official close, although in truth the ...
Author: Gavin Mortimer
Publisher: Pen and Sword Military
The killing part is the easy bit; the tricky part is finding the right people to kill.Rob was a Special Forces operator with some of the world finest regiments and served in four national armies over a career that has spanned forty years and continues today. In 1965 he earned the converted Green Beret as a member of 2 Commando Australia. He left in 1968 to Southeast Asia. Finding work of a military nature in Laos, (in the war that never was). The end of the contract found him in England where he joined the British Parachute Regiment and completed three tours in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles, taking part in Operation Demetrius. On his last tour, he was detached from his battalion and worked covert operations with a little-known group called the MRF (Military Reaction Force).1974 saw Rob in Rhodesia as a member of the internationally acclaimed C Squadron SAS, where he was wounded on operations twice. This was a turning point in Rob's life as he surrendered to Christ becoming a Christian. He was to carry on as an operator, but now with a biblical worldview. Rob was recruited in 1980 by the South African Defence Force and was a member of 6 Reconnaissance Commando Special Forces and later became an operative with what was commonly called 'the funnies' or CSI Chief of Staff Intelligence.From 1996 to 2007 Rob was in South Sudan and Iraq, receiving a letter of commendation from the United States Army. Still active today, Rob specializes in close protection and tactical security training for civilian personnel.
Rob was a Special Forces operator with some of the world finest regiments and served in four national armies over a career that has spanned forty years and continues today.
Author: ROBERT W. BROWN
The Scourge of Soho describes the dramatic and eventful life of Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor MM and at the same time lifts the lid on front-line policing and the murky world of Soho criminals in the 1950s and 1960s.Born into grinding poverty in 1922, Challenor fought with the Special Air Service during the Second World War, being parachuted behind enemy lines, captured twice, escaping twice. He was awarded the Military Medal.Joining the post-war Metropolitan Police, challenor spent four years with the elite Flying Squad, before being sent to clear up crime in Soho. Pimps, racketeers and crooks were rounded-up and often found themselves in possession of a bewildering assortment of armaments of which they denied all knowledge. More sensible gangsters, like Reg and Ron Kray, took off as soon as his name was mentioned.Challenor could not be frightened or bought-off, so the gang leaders put up a 1,000 reward to anyone who could frame him. In the end, it was not needed. During a political demonstration in 1963, half-bricks were planted on innocent protesters and three young policemen were imprisoned and Challenor certified as a paranoid schizophrenic and sent to a succession of psychiatric hospitals and care homes. Policeman-turned-author, Dick Kirby has interviewed former friends and colleagues of this determined but flawed character and has meticulously studied court records and official documents. The result is a sensational and gripping account of the man who became The Scourge of Soho.As featured in the East Anglian Daily Times, Bury Mercury and Wolverhampton Magazine.
The Controversial Career of SAS Hero Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor MM
Dick Kirby ... Bill Stirling was in no doubt that had he been listened to, and had
substantial numbers of SAS operatives been committed to Operation Speedwell,
German supply and ... a sixty-man team with twenty jeeps under the command of
Major Roy Farran DSO and bar, MC and two bars, heading 'C' Squadron of 2
Author: Dick Kirby
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A girl whose fortunes have plummeted from wealthy aristocrat to servant-girl. A magic hazel twig. A prince. A desperate escape from danger. This is not the story of a girl whose fairy godmother arranges her future for her. This is the story of Selena, who will take charge of her own destiny, and learn that her magic is not to be feared but celebrated.
The Commander Combined Operations was Lieutenant-General Peter Walls, the
original commander of C (Rhodesian) Squadron SAS, whose experiences in
Malaya with 22 SAS Regiment were to colour much of his thinking and
Author: Barry Davies
Publisher: Virgin Pub
The story of Operation Bulbasket is one of such tension and drama that any resume which revealed its outcome would rob the reader of the vital element of suspense. Suffice it to say that on 6 June, 1944, known to history as D-Day, two members of the SAS were dropped by parachute deep behind the lines in enemy-occupied France. Shortly to be Followed by others, amounting in all to fifty-five men, their task was to disrupt in every way possible the movement of German troops to the north to repel the Allied invasion of Normandy.Only now, with the release of hitherto classified documents and thanks to a remarkable amount of painstaking research on Paul McCue's part, can the full story of Operation Bulbasket be told. The author has traced the surviving main participants and, by their various but often contradictory accounts and much careful detective work, has managed to piece together what really happened in those dramatic eight weeks after 6 June. Indeed, thanks to this book, those survivors have only learned the full story which was hidden from them for over fifty years. This has to be one of the most remarkable stories ever to be written about the Second World War.
given below and in itself reflects the variety of participants in the operation. ... A.
Martland; N. Massias; C. Mason ALA; R. & C. A. McCue; Squadron Leader E. C.
Millett; Colonel J. Morgan; H. Mustard; New Zealand High Commission (Defence
Author: Paul McCue
Publisher: Pen and Sword
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.
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.
Author: Paul French
Publisher: Helion and Company
Force. operations . The. South. Africans. would be equipped to run their own
selection and train their own soldiers to become Special Force members . The
ultimate aim was then to work together on operations with C Squadron in the
Category: Korean War, 1950-1953
Rhodesia was one of the very last colonial outposts in southern Africa. She had long served Great Britain well, in both peace and war. During World War II, many Rhodesians rallied to the mother counties aid, serving in all branches of His Majesties armed forces, including the fledgling SAS. Her last major act of solidarity with the UK was during the Malayan emergency of 1951 to 1953. Fighting a guerrilla war for which it was ill prepared, the British Army soon realised the need for a special forces unit. The Special Air Service Regiment was duly resurrected and organised into four operational Squadrons. A, B and D Squadrons were drawn from the British Army, while C Squadron was raised from Rhodesian volunteers. When the Malayan conflict came to an end the British gave the SAS a permanent place in its order of battle, but C Squadron quietly disbanded and its members returned home to civilian life in Rhodesia. In 1961, the Rhodesian government decided to reform C Squadron as a counter to the increasing threat of communist insurgency within her borders...... The decision to reinstate C Squadron proved prudent for, after Rhodesia finally made a unilateral declaration of independence on November 11th 1965 and broke away from UK rule, both the Russian and Chinese backed communist terrorist movements known to the world as ZIPRA and ZANLA saw their chance to move in for the kill. Standing alone, hamstrung by international sanctions and facing vastly numerically superior enemy forces, Rhodesia astounded the world by not only holding the enemy off, but taking the fight to them in their host countries of Zambia and Mozambique, killing countless thousands of terrorists in the process. In 1976 FRELIMO, the ruling party of Mozambique, declared war on Rhodesia and brought her sizeable and well equipped army into the fray alongside their ally, Robert Mugabe's ZANLA. Despite this, the Rhodesian security forces refused to yield. Indeed, they responded by upping the terrorist body count even further. By 1978 the war had intensified to the degree that the drain on Rhodesia's limited white manpower was beginning to tell. Conscription was widened and C Squadron was expanded and given Regimental Status. In June of that year it became the 1st SAS Regiment with three operational Squadrons (A, B and C). Its tasking was simple, find and destroy the enemy and its leaders and smash their ability to wage war....... BRAVO TEN takes the reader by the scruff of the neck and transports them into the thick of Rhodesian SAS operations. Although BRAVO TEN is a work of fiction, it draws deeply upon actual Rhodesian SAS training and operations to create a novel, written in autobiographical style, which pulls the reader along at breakneck speed.The author advises that this novel contains language commensurate with army life.NOW AVAILABLE exclusively on Amazon by Andy Ryan, the companion book to Bravo Ten. The Rhodesian SAS 'They Who Dared' book two; the explosive true story of some of the greatest secret operations of the Rhodesian SAS. Amongst other things, this book goes into much greater detail surrounding some of the operations mentioned in Bravo Ten. Get your copy today.Don't miss Andy Ryan's new book and the third in the 'They Who Dared' series. 'The Raid on St. Nazaire is the explosive true account of the greatest raid of WW2. It is available now on Amazon in both eBook and paperback formats.
The author advises that this novel contains language commensurate with army life.AVAILABLE NOW IN EBOOK AND PAPERBACK! ANDY RYAN'S 'A FEW GOOD MEN' IS THE STUNNING SEQUEL TO 'BRAVO TEN' AND PICKS UP HIS STORY WHERE THAT BOOK LEFT OFF.
Author: Andy Ryan
One of the outstanding mysteries of the twentieth century, and one with huge political resonance, is the death of Dag Hammarskjold and his UN team in a plane crash in central Africa in 1961. Just minutes after midnight, his aircraft plunged into thick forest in the British colony of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), abruptly ending his mission to bring peace to the Congo. Across the world, many suspected sabotage, accusing the multi-nationals and the governments of Britain, Belgium, the USA and South Africa of involvement in the disaster. These suspicions have never gone away. British High Commissioner Lord Alport was waiting at the airport when the aircraft crashed nearby. He bizarrely insisted to the airport management that Hammarskjold had flown elsewhere - even though his aircraft was reported overhead. This postponed a search for so long that the wreckage of the plane was not found for fifteen hours. White mercenaries were at the airport that night too, including the South African pilot Jerry Puren, whose bombing of Congolese villages led, in his own words, to 'flaming huts ...destruction and death'. These soldiers of fortune were backed by Sir Roy Welensky, Prime Minister of the Rhodesian Federation, who was ready to stop at nothing to maintain white rule and thought the United Nations was synonymous with the Nazis. The Rhodesian government conducted an official inquiry, which blamed pilot error. But as this book will show, it was a massive cover-up that suppressed and dismissed a mass of crucial evidence, especially that of African eye-witnesses. A subsequent UN inquiry was unable to rule out foul play - but had no access to the evidence to show how and why. Now, for the first time, this story can be told. Who Killed Hammarskjold follows the author on her intriguing and often frightening journey of research to Zambia, South Africa, the USA, Sweden, Norway, Britain, France and Belgium, where she unearthed a mass of new and hitherto secret documentary and photographic evidence. At the heart of this book is Hammarskjold himself - a courageous and complex idealist, who sought to shield the newly-independent nations of the world from the predatory instincts of the Great Powers. It reveals that the conflict in the Congo was driven not so much by internal divisions, as by the Cold War and by the West's determination to keep real power from the hands of the post-colonial governments of Africa. It shows, too, that the British settlers of Rhodesia would maintain white minority rule at all costs.
In April 1961, the Rhodesian SAS was reformed as C Squadron 22 SAS and was
based at Ndola. When Northern Rhodesia ... He was also involved in the 1960s
in various secret operations for British intelligence. He was instrumental in the ...
Author: Susan Williams
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Michael Calvert was one of the legendary figures of the Second World War. He hit the headlines as 'Mad Mike' after the first Chindit campaign in 1943, with a reputation as a tough and daring leader of guerrilla troops. He was one of the first men selected for the Chindits by the controversial General Orde Wingate. He became Wingate's right-hand man - both in fierce jungle fighting and in battles against stick-in-the-mud staff officers. His speciality was penetrating behind enemy lines. Mad Mike fought in the snow and ice of Norway, in the steaming jungles of Burma, and on the battlefields of Europe where in 1945 he commanded the crack Special Air Service Brigade.
He agreed to join me on the strict proviso that he would go out on operations as a
troop or squadron commander. ... I was very impressed with the men and they
became 'C' Squadron (Rhodesia) The Malayan Scouts (SAS) and arrived in ...
Author: Michael Calvert
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The Regiment , about 560 strong , had by 1956 five Squadrons , including one
drawn from the Parachute Regiment , but that year the Rhodesian C Squadron
had been replaced by New Zealanders . The operations of the original C
Author: James D. Ladd
Publisher: Robert Hale
Category: Great Britain
More than half a century after his death, Lt Col. Robert Blair Mayne is still regarded as one of the greatest soldiers in the history of military special operations. He was the most decorated British soldier of the Second World War, receiving four DSOs, the Croix de Guerre and the Légion d'honneur, and he pioneered tactics used today by the SAS and other special operations units worldwide. Rogue Warrior of the SAS tells the remarkable life story of 'Colonel Paddy', whose exceptional physical strength and uniquely swift reflexes made him a fearsome opponent. But his unorthodox rules of war and his resentment of authority would deny him the ultimate accolade of the Victoria Cross. Drawing on personal letters and family papers, declassified SAS files and records, together with the Official SAS Diary compiled in wartime and eyewitness accounts from many who served with him, the picture emerges of a soldier who, although a flawed hero, was unquestionably one of the most distinctive combatants of the campaigns in the Western Desert and Europe.
Paddy didn't stay long. He never did. Gave us our instructions and moved on.'
Batemen was ordered to remain with Maquis de Lorris. Mayne then took the men
to Le Mans to meet 'C' Squadron and then to Ouzouer-sur-Loire. As for Operation
Author: Martin Dillon
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
During the early 1960s the Cold War reached its climax. Britain's dwindling power in the Middle East was under siege from Arab nationalism, the Communist bloc and from American designs in the region. Aden, with its strategic military base and old Protectorate buffer zone, was soon the main battleground. The 1962 Egyptian-inspired coup in the neighbouring Kingdom of North Yemen further tightened the noose. So began a bitter and bloody insurgency war in South Arabia. British regular an special forces were soon pitted against growing and formidable insurgency forces, fighting both a war in the mountains and an urban conflict in the backstreets of Aden. Intelligence agencies vied for control of 'hearts and minds'. The British launched a clandestine war in Yemen to keep their enemies at bay. But still the situation in Aden spiralled out of control, culminating in a bloody slaughter in 1967. In that November, the British Army finally withdrew from South Arabia. Aden Insurgency is the extraordinary story of Britain's last colonial conflict. Using a wide range of recently released archive and eye-witness accounts, the author charts the collapse of the South Arabian state. Set against a background of ruthless political ambition, these events shaped the Yemen of today.
The trusty Vickers Valetta C Mk 1,” known as "The Pig', had recently been
withdrawn when 233 Squadron was disbanded; ... He now saw the opportunity
for the SAS, as 'deep-penetration' troops, to be introduced into the Radfan
Author: Jonathan Walker
Publisher: Pen and Sword
On Saturday , 19 " October 1979 , ' C ' Squadron SAS was pre - positioned by air ,
and despite rain delayed timings , the five Bells ferried the remaining troops
across Lake Kariba early the next morning . A total of nine waves or lifts was ...
Author: "Prop" Preller Geldenhuys
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