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Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts Kindle Edition
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Paul served with C Sqdn, Rhodesian SAS, before opting for service with the Scouts. A large number of personnel made this move, including some very senior NCOs and officers, so there may have been some sort of man-management problem in the SAS at the time?
Serving in the elite Reccee Troop, specialising in two-man teams, often inserted by free-fall entry, Paul actually found the setup to be rather haphazard. He goes into detail about one operation where the planning was very sketchy, with no E&E options discussed whatsoever. Paul actually went to the local library and photocopied a map of the area so he could plan bug-out routes in the event of compromise. The inevitable happened, and one of the team ended up making a five-day trek through the Mozamique bush, before reaching home soil.
Paul returned to the SAS as a sergeant, and took part in numerous ops.
Worth mentioning is that the author rated the Rhodesian patrol radios as superiors to those used at the time by UKSF.
A worthwhile addition to the Bush War library
Totally honest and frank There was no naming and shameing fellow comrades, which is so prevelant
in this type of book. He gave you his highs and lows of the job that was to be done. I bet reading
between the lines there was a lot more to be told. Here you have one dedicated soldier, putting his story across.
Throughy recommend this for a honest story from an ordinary solder. I bet he did his former units proud and his
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Having lived through this time and know the author it was a great read but probably not for everyone.Published 8 months ago by Patricia J. Phillips
Expensive for a kindle book and surprisingly like on real details - much better books on the subject out there.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this as a pressie and was very well received. Many thanks! :)Published 23 months ago by Vernie
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