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Jeremy Hall’s childhood in the white-ruled apartheid South Africa of the 1950's and ’60s was ostensibly idyllic: growing up in the farming areas of Natal, he had free rein to pander to his keen exploratory mind, yet niggling away was entrenched racism and interracial hatred.

Closeted in the hallowed halls of an English-speaking high school, the revelation of the real world that followed – a world of township unrest, Afrikaner politicians issuing dire warnings of the red and black hordes massing on the borders – exploded into Hall’s psyche with his national-service call-up into the South African Defence Force (SADF), where he encountered the institutionalized hatred of the Afrikaner hierarchy for the English-speaking recruits, the rowe, or ‘scabs’.

Disillusioned and unsettled, following his SADF conscription, Hall found himself in 1976 signing on for three years with 2 Commando The Rhodesian Light Infantry as the bush war in that country erupted from a simmering, low-key insurgency into full-blown war.

As a paratrooper with this crack airborne unit, he was to see continual combat on Fireforce operations and cross-border raids into Zambia and Mozambique, such as Operation Dingo, the 1977 Rhodesian attack on ZANLA’s Chimoio base.  

PAPERBACK: 360 PAGES WITH PHOTOS & MAPS. Published March 2014

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J.C.
One of the best personal accounts I have read

This is one of the best personal accounts I have read of that period of Rhodesian and South African war history. The author does not go into lengthy political or philosophical dissertations; instead he gives vivid and detailed vignettes from his own life, his own experiences and observations. He includes his niggling little thoughts, the fears and the dread that must be in the back of everyone's head in these situations, no matter how brave and macho their outward front, which don't appear in many other accounts and which make this book particularly memorable.
The writing gives a sense of immediacy even though it is written 30+ years after the events. There is much use of slang and vernacular from the times, which may sound cumbersome or stilted to outsiders, but is very authentic. The descriptions of various actions are often gut-wrenching, nail-biting and sometimes humorous with that macabre humour so often found in situations of extreme danger and stress. But it is always thoughtful and thought-provoking.
A quote from the book sums it up for me: "If you have been 'there', in war, you will know exactly what I mean and feel: this impotent rage: ants on this planet, creating our own disasters, led by the wind-changers and time-shapers."
**Amazon - October 15, 2014**

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B.Z.
A must buy for all Veterans and those with a love or interest in Africa!

In my capacity as a Clinical Psychologist who has worked with Veterans for many years and also as someone who fought in the Rhodesian Bush War, WEEP FOR AFRICA by Jeremy Hall , is possibly one of the best books I have read on Africa/ Rhodesia, his time in the South African army and the RLI. It captures his love and loss of Africa. His time in the South African army had me nearly splitting my sides with laughter. His description of his experiences in the RLI were at times very hard hitting and well portray the harsh challenges of fire force. This is a must read book and one which will keep the memory of a time long past alive both with regard to the lighter moments but also as a testament to the deep and life long suffering of so many men post war. Well done Jeremy .
**Amazon - June 6, 2014**