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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Helion & Company (15 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909384291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909384293
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Bax was born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika in 1949. He attended boarding school in Lushoto from the age of six and in 1963 moved to England to continue his schooling. A year later he moved with his mother and two sisters to Toronto, Canada, where he completed his education. At the age of nineteen he returned to Africa, living first in South Africa then in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). He joined the Rhodesian Army in 1969 and was commissioned two years later as a Lieutenant in the Rhodesian Light Infantry. A year later he was wounded while engaged in the first ever 'Fire-Force' deployment mounted by the Rhodesian Security Forces. In 1974, Tim was asked by the legendary commanding officer of the Selous Scouts, Lt. Col. Ron Reid-Daly to join his unit. After successfully completing the selection course, Tim was given command of a pseudo-terrorist group tasked with seeking out and destroying real terrorists groups operating both inside and outside Rhodesia. In 1975 Tim commanded the first Rhodesian vehicle-borne raid ever mounted against guerrilla camps situated deep inside neighbouring countries. A year later he was seriously wounded while taking part in a similar raid. Tim was later appointed second-in-command of the Selous Scouts Reconnaissance Group. He was married to his wife Carol in 1977. In 1980 he and his wife left Rhodesia to settle in South Africa where with the rank of major, he was appointed second-in-command of South Africa's 5 Reconnaissance Regiment. Tim resigned from the army in 1982 and later served on the board of a multi-national company in South Africa. Their daughter, Jennifer, was born in June, 1982. In 2002 Tim moved to the United States. He currently resides in Lake Placid, Florida.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Schneider on 18 Sept. 2013
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I totally enjoyed this book by Tim Bax. It is a first person account of the Bush war in Rhodesia by Mr. Bax who was in the elite Selous Scouts.

Mr Bax doesnt start this book during the war like so many authors, but starts from his humble beings being rasied in Africa, through his parents divorce. He draws on on child hood into his growth as a young man to show how and why he becomes a scout.

I dont want to go into details about the book specifics like so many other reviewers. Other then to say it is an excellent book with photo and maps. Tim Bax takes his time to explain the world he lived in and fought in and he does it with courage and color he take you there in vived color.

Excellent and enjoyable
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KN on 12 Jan. 2014
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Its the best book about the struggle in Rhodesia I have read so far. it is honest and reveals the true situation in the 1970 s until the end of the great country. Although it is a personal story, it is a very political book. It might not be politically correct, but it makes it clear that the West and mainly the US and England are to be blamed for the aweful result.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Japie on 5 April 2014
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I found the book entertaining to a certain extent, but the authors condescension towards the SADF and the South African Police and his unadulterated jingoism grated somewhat... Add to this the fact that he couldn't even get SADF ranks right (the rank Lt Col did not exist during the authors service in the SADF, the equivalent rank was that of Commandant ).

Having said that as having served in the SADF I was pleased to see that he acknowledges the fighting prowess of the South Africans in his book.

In all good , but not good enough ...
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Having recently rediscovered my Rhodesian heritage and pride, I started to read all my current books based on the Rhodesian Bush War. Once I had ploughed through those, I was hungry for more and started to see what else was available. I was overwhelmed by the multitude of new books written by ex-Rhodesian forces personnel and was spoilt for choice. Where to start? During my research, one name and one book kept coming to the forefront from reviewers and Rhodesians and that was Tim Bax - Three Sips Of Gin.

I had recently discovered a wealth of Rhodesian Forces tribute and contact sites on the internet, especially Facebook and in my browsing actually found Tim taking part in various discussions. After following his posts and thoughts, I knew I just had to get his book and I wasn't disappointed. It is an incredible journey from boyhood to man, from africa to canada to africa and america. Along the way you are gripped with tension, relieved with humour, warmed with human spirit and left with the feeling that this is someone you want to call friend. You want to meet Tim Bax, sit around a braai fire and listen while he fills his pipe and shares the wisdom of a life spent learning so many nuggets of knowledge from his own heroes and mentors.

Like so many people before me, I finally learnt what the three sips meant. As I read each page, I was trying to put my finger on the meaning and, perfectly written, the book edged me closer to the answer until all was revealed.

An astonishing book that everybody should read. It has been an honour to have not only read Tim's book but to have since corresponded with him. I very much hope that one day I will be able meet him person and ask the vital question: 'Whisky or Gin, Tim?'.
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