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Viscount Down [Kindle Edition]

Keith Nell
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Book Description

The complete story of the Rhodesian Viscount disasters as told by a SAS operator


Product Details

  • File Size: 24558 KB
  • Publisher: Keith Nell; 1.1 edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQVO6KS
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True life account from a Rhodesian SAS operator December 23, 2012
By 1978 the Rhodesian Bush War had gone hot with ZIPRA and ZANLA communist terrorists flooding across the borders of Mozambique, Zambia, and Botswana. Despite the war, life had to go on for the civilians who chose to stand their ground in their homeland.

Lake Kariba was a popular resort location and vacation spot for native Rhodesians, so it was a light atmosphere that existed on flight RH 825 that flew the vacationers back to Salisbury. When the Viscount airplane was struck with a SA-7 missile the pilot somehow managed to keep the aircraft under control and attempted a belly landing. Striking a trench in an otherwise open field, the Viscount came apart, spilling three tons of jet fuel in the process.

The following morning a small team of Rhodesian Special Air Service soldiers parachuted into the remote crash site to secure the area and search for survivors. What they found shook the combat hardened soldiers to their core. The plane had been torn to pieces, body parts were everywhere. The survivors of the crash had been executed by a gang of terrorists who happened across the scene. They had been shot and bayoneted to death. A baby that had miraculously survived the crash had been killed by a terrorist thrusting a bayonet through it's head.

"Even as a hardened 20-year old SAS soldier, my stomach turned as the nausea hit my throat. What I saw will be with me forever," writes Sergeant Johan Bezuidenhout of the scene he saw on the ground that day. 56 civilians were killed during the RH 825 disaster.

"Viscount Down" by Keith Nell starts by documenting the details of the disaster above before telling two stories in parallel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Viva Rhodesia! March 23, 2013
Raw courage, sheer determination, ferocious tenacity.. a real eye-opener, the shocking truth, the appalling shame.. as the power houses of the world did nothing. Well written and documented. A good platform for raising funds to erect the monument in honour of all those tragically killed and murdered.. an admirable, noble and much appreciated accomplishment.
I can certainly recommend Viscount Down as a good, compelling read. Greer Noble, author of Veiled Madness and Checkmate.
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The author reveals the down and dirty methods necessary to win at the serious game of defeating terrorism in your own backyard. It also reveals how numerous western politicians including President (No Grit) Carter did the politically correct dance instead of standing with a pro western ally.! Finally, it reveals the animalistic methods that fanatical terrorist will use to subdue an unfriendly population. It sounds hauntingly familiar to the present situation in the Middle East!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly captivating. April 10, 2013
This book has taught me so much about the war. I found it very interesting and brilliantly written. If only it wasn't a true story though .... If only Rhodesia had some support ... If only, if only, if only .... Anyway - it was such a good book and I simply couldn't put it down. Well done Keith. Can't wait to read your next book.
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I was a teenager at the time of the terrorist attack which brought down the civilian airliner, an Air Rhodesia Vickers Viscount "Hunyani" and the subsequent brutal massacre of 10 of the terrified survivors. In fact I flew from Salisbury to Kariba with my parents on the same scheduled flight the following afternoon, and we only heard the horrific news that night on the shores of Lake Kariba. As with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, where the whole world still remembers where they were, and what they were doing on that tragic day, I together with every Rhodesian, will remember where I was when the small nation was told the horrific details of this horrific act of terrorism. Maybe if there was an internet, or satellite TV back then, the rest of the world might have been able to share in our shock and horror. Unfortunately that was not the case, and the rest of the "civilized" world turned a blind eye.
Keith Nell has a very difficult story to try and tell. In my opinion he does a superb job. Firstly he honors and respects the victims and families of these heinous crimes against humanity. Then digging beneath the surface, Keith shows the reader that the conflict in Rhodesia was much more than just a civil war as seen by the rest of the world. He does a good job at explaining in more detail what the war was all about. In particular he presents a story that shows the terrible life the locals living in the rural areas went through, showing that racial boundaries were not the issue at the end of the day. He has developed some good characters, and even goes deep enough to show a glimmer of the dark humor, or maybe irony would be a better word, which was the way we lived back in those days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you. September 23, 2013
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Even today 35 years after the downing of Hunyani and Umnati the sense of horror and loss is vivid and real. A powerful story of heartless murderers, helpless victims and the courageous men who sought justice for them
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read! February 4, 2014
I bought the kindle version of this book and was disappointed in the electronic layout. Maybe there were some incompatibilities with conversion software, but I'm not a "techie". The book is not professionally written and there are a lot of editing oversights, but that does not detract from the fascinating content. As an ex-Rhodesian who lived through the era of the bush war and the Viscount tragedies, I was particularly intrigued by Nell's first-hand account of the "behind the scenes" military ops following the 2 disasters that were not revealed to the Rhodesian public at the time. I read the book with a strong sense of nostalgia and sadness, reflecting back that all the efforts on the part of the Rhodesian security forces and men like Nell who fought hard for their country were ultimately in vain. Nell has to be given credit for putting his story in writing. I hope that one day a movie is made about the Viscount disasters. It is too late for justice I suppose but the rest of the world needs to know what happened.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing story
A wonderfully insightful tale of an era and area where I grew up and went to school. I first handily experienced all of the authors revelations and will have those memories... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Graham Brooks
1.0 out of 5 stars Having been a serving member in the Rhodesian Army in ...
Having been a serving member in the Rhodesian Army in Special Forces and RLI I thought the book to be a highly fictional work loosely woven around the tragic facts. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony H. Coom
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks to the vast international support given to the bad guys in the...
A moving telling of a story buried by the majority of the world's press when it happened because it didn't mate with their goals of seeing the demise of a progressing civilized... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jim in enemy occupied nothern Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great factual story which ex Rhodesians will relate to.
Published 1 month ago by Tony
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent book for those who were around.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I first heard about this book from an acquaintance who ...
I first heard about this book from an acquaintance who was actually a pilot flying the Viscounts in Rhodesia during this period. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bruce Conrad
5.0 out of 5 stars good, interesting stuff to further your knowledge of these ...
good , interesting stuff to further your knowledge of these horrific incidents.
Published 6 months ago by don
5.0 out of 5 stars We never learn from history
Having met Keith Nell recently, while he was selling his book, I promised to buy it and read it on Kindle. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John D. Cluett
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a very well written book about a tragic ...
This was a very well written book about a tragic part of history in what was then known as Rhodesia. A lot of similarities between this and recent events in Ukraine
Published 6 months ago by jula
5.0 out of 5 stars Let the truth be known
I was an 11-12 year old Rhodesian schoolboy when the events so well described in this book occurred. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Woodsman
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