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Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts by [French, Paul]
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Shadows of a Forgotten Past is a thrilling, rollercoaster ride; it goes right to the heart of Special Forces soldiering. --Peter McAleese, author of the classic No Mean Soldier and the forthcoming Beyond No Mean Soldier

About the Author

Born in West London, Paul French first sought military adventure in the County of London Yeomanry and then 21 SAS (V). Here, Paul discovered a yearning for hard work and arduous duty. A subsequent defence contract took him to Abu Dhabi where he learnt of Rhodesia and its attractions. Holidaying in Rhodesia, Paul took the opportunity to join the Rhodesian Army, serving with the renowned Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts. In 1980, Paul moved to the South African Defence Force, joining its elite 6 Reconnaissance Commando. Upon leaving the SADF a career in private security followed. An accomplished skydiver, Paul has thousands of jumps to his credit, and still jumps today. Married to Petah, Paul has three children. He continues to work in the security industry and now lives in the South-west of England. Shadows of A Forgotten Past is his first book.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18043 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company (19 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00COCM0UA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
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One of the interesting chapters is a first-hand comparison of the selection process used by the British SAS [Territorial], the regular Rhodesian SAS, and the Selous Scouts.
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
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Having also read Dennis Croukamp,s account The Bush War in Rhodesia it was interesting to read Paul,s book also and see his story of his time in the military. Although one may say it is history but one that I the reader remember only hearing snippets about it is with thanks that this author decided to recount his time in different places such as Iraq. Another enjoyable read and a book of this period to my collection. Thank you Paul.
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A gripping and exciting read. Really fascinating in the life of a soldier.
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
fellow commrades.
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Paul French describes his experiences in a matter-of-fact style & we are kept guessing about details & how it felt to be dealing with violence & deprivation on a daily basis. None the less, it is a privilege to read this stuff & it is good that a book originally intended to be read only by friends & family is now in the public domaine. Anyone who feels life lacks challenge should read this for inspiration...there ARE brave people out there, who are prepared to put their lives on the line, while taking good care of their equipment & aiming to stay alive if possible.
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I bought this as a gift for my husband who is a keen amateur military historian. The men of the Rhodesian Security forces were some of the toughest fighters ever known - The RLI and CSqdn (Rhodesian) SAS, Selous Scouts and some RAR parachuting into gun fights in the middle of the African Bush...the average age of these men was around 23 and they fought like lions! This true story of one of the men who served ... and beyond. If you liked this - look out for Keith Nell's story of Viscount Down
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This guy been there seen it done it now he's written it. A fascinating tale of daring do not for the feint hearted. Although it takes you on a journey unless the reader has personal experience to match the authors, one might lighten the book, in fact the hardships involved are not trivialized in the book but I would urge readers to use their imagination and to be there with the author.
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A very interesting read, non of the usually hero c***p, just one soldiers experiences working with some highly respected groups/teams. As mentioned before some more detail on his time with the Selous Scouts would have made this an even better book. All in all a recommended read to anyone with military interest in this particular period.
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This book was quite a good read but it got boring in places . I think the author got a bit lost in places.
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