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Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry 4Rev Ed Edition
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Of the many books that are appearing dealing with Rhodesia and the war years, this is probably the best. --Armed Forces South Africa
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Top Customer Reviews
Spot on Chris, could see the barracks gates again and, almost smell it.
Who ever starts them, wars are actually fought by young men, and women today. The men on the ground were young, very young. Wars are messy, bloody and always cruel. The battlefield of today, whether in Rhodesia or Afghanistan, is a very lethal place. That was the first thing that Mr. Cocks learned. The second was that if was not absolutely on top of his game all the time in combat--he would be killed. If he made a mistake both he and his friends could be killed. This is a hard lesson for someone who only reaches 21 three quarters of the way through the book. At some point he also learned that even if he was on the top of his game--he still might be killed. Sometimes only luck is enough to bring you home.
One of the things that surprised me in this book was the relative lack of effectiveness of the AK-47 in the hands of the rebels during firefights with the Rhodesian Light Infantry. According to both Mr. Cocks and the disparity in the kill ratios between rebels and Rhodesian forces, the AK-47 did not live up to its deadly effective reputation it earned in other conflicts in other places.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great pacing and accessible to those without a military background, takes you inside the hearts and minds of men in a little known war.Published 6 months ago by C.B. Currie
you will get to know the old Rhodesian army slang. good book and good readPublished 9 months ago by jmorgan103
Very interesting read on Rhodesian war. Mr Cock's attention to detail is incredible, I am not sure how he remembered it all. Read morePublished 13 months ago by M.W.Xantho
Enlightening to learn how much that war was aGainst communists rather than a racial conflict.Published 14 months ago by Rich A
This book gives a great first hand, infantryman's perspective of the Rhodesian Bush War. The reader will finish the book with a great appreciation of the boots on the ground... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J. Diamond