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Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry
Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry
by Chris Cocks
Edition: Paperback
Price: $24.95

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Cocks brings the RLI to the reader., March 8, 2010
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I have always been keenly interested in the Rhodesian bush wars. In high school I was reading Soldier of Fortune Magazine for all the Rhodesia stories I could find. Trouble is, there's just not that much out there on the subject.

I knew of Fireforce for years but never found it available. Well as luck would have it, I was surfing Amazon and there it was. Available.

Three days later it was on my doorstep!

Chris Cocks fills in an area of little known recent history, and he does it well. He tells his story in the plain terms of a Troopie. You get the full story. From his consideration of evading his call up through training and command of his own "stick", all the way to his discharge (where ironically he was offered a promotion to sergeant to remain in service). His experiences in training, the combat, the drinking and dope smoking, all the bush war action is openly related. Written in a fast paced style. This book is dense with information. Not a word is wasted.

The wreckage, in human terms, of the bush war is shared too.

Chris Cocks carries the memories of a war and a country the world has largely ignored. He and the other bush war vets have a voice in this book that all military men (active and inactive)and history fans need to read. This is one book that I will read many more times.

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