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This book tells the story of the author’s three contracts as a mercenary in the ‘64-‘65 Congo conflict. It is a vivid account of his personal experiences, from his first contract as a raw recruit to his last contract, when he was involved in the formation of the navy on Lake Tanganyika and was the first C.O.

Hugh started writing this memoire 50 years ago, but ‘switched off’ to get on with his life. Now, with pressure from the next generation, he’d like to share his experiences, as a memoire to those he served alongside, and their offspring. All events/incidents are factual, ‘warts and all’, and there are still a few out there who will vouch for their veracity. The names used are of the people who were there, describing their exploits as they happened. Hugh has, however, taken the liberty of ‘masking’ a few names to prevent possible embarrassment to their families. Those who were there will recognise them, understand, and endorse this decision.

Paperback, 354 pages. Published September 2020

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
John Rance
Great book

Brilliantly written, probably the best story to come out of the Congo mercenary expeditions and written so well, with frankness and humanity. I really like the way he put all the myths about Hoare into perspective.

Vaughan Brown
Curly"s War

A great read. I enjoyed the easy style of writing that made it easy to read. Those days are really brought to the reader in an easy and apparently honest reflection of the way things were during the Congo turmoil. Highly recommended.


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