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This is an absolute must. I found the way the story is put together was most fascinating almost as though it was written as a movie. I have read many of the Rhodesiana books and this is in a class of its own with the intricate detail of the briefings and orders given to the soldiers and airmen, to the finer detail of what must have been a logistical nightmare. Respect to all involved. Rhodesians never die.
This book provides a good theoretical background to the Rhodesian Bush War and then cones like the tip of a bullet to focus specifically on the entire Operation Dingo adventure and those that took part, from start to finish. Author, Ian Pringle appears to have been fortunate enough to get one-on-one interviews with many of the protagonists prior to them passing on. Each of their recollections therefore are 'from the horseâs mouth" and offer a more personal account of the event.
As someone with more than a passing interest in the Zimbabwe / Rhodesia history, but knew little of Op Dingo prior, Pringle's writing had me thoroughly engaged throughout. I had it read a lot quicker than I expected mind you, but then I was reading it with a great deal of fervour for 2-3 hour stretches every night. I was only disappointed I finished it! Put simply, this is a great book, well researched, written and presented. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in world politics, Southern Africa, modern warfare and the story of Rhodesia as a whole. You will not be disappointed. Five stars!
** AMAZON REVIEW - July 6, 2015 **
I highly recommend this book as it is a fascinating page turner, as well as giving an overall explanation, and a fair account, of the marxist led insurgency. Do not be misled by the title as it is not just about a major battle, breath-sucking though that was to read. Amazingly courageous soldiers, considering the lack of military equipment (helicopters etc), weapons, ammunition, fuel etc with which to conduct a defence of isolated farm households against a globally supported ever expanding terrorist enemy including the presence of Soviet trainers in bordering countries (The Soviet Union, Communist China in particular).
This was not a genuine military against military war, but terrorist hit and run against extremely isolated farming families including women and children, including landmines being dug into the ground right in front of their farm gates. Now some countries supporting these terrorists in one way or another, have been themselves on the experiencing end of terror attacks. Be careful what you approve and support - what goes around, comes around.
It was an added bonus to read about my good friend from our Livingstone days, Cocky Benecke and his accomplishments.
** AMAZON REVIEW - April 9, 2015 **