The Bush War In Rhodesia: The Extraordinary Combat Memoir of a Rhodesian Reconnaissance Specialist
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Bush War in Rhodesia: The Extraordinary Combat Memoir of a by Dennis Croukamp - Erin Boukall Books
The bush war in Rhodesia: English View all editions and formats Summary:. Allow this favorite library to be seen by others Keep this favorite library private. Find a copy in the library Finding libraries that hold this item Dennis Croukamp Find more information about: Reviews User-contributed reviews Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Add a review and share your thoughts with other readers. Similar Items Related Subjects: The Bush War in Rhodesia: The Rhodesian Bush War. It was a ferocious guerrilla warfare campaign between the regular and elite units of the Rhodesian Army doing battle against Communist-backed terrorist groups in the valleys, jungles and bush country of Rhodesia, Mozambique and Zambia.
Warrant Officer Dennis Croukamp fought in the conflict from its beginnings in the s to the very end in , an The Rhodesian Bush War. Warrant Officer Dennis Croukamp fought in the conflict from its beginnings in the s to the very end in , and his combat memoir is an extraordinary chronicle of that bitter struggle from inside some of the most highly regarded elite combat units to ever take the field.
And through it all, Croukamp brought along a camera, providing a remarkable visual documentation of this little-known war. This searingly honest, action-packed memoir is sure to become a classic, ground-level account of the bloody "bush wars" of Africa.
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Lists with This Book. What a book A very interesting book on the Rhodesian bush war. I loved this book and would love to look Dennis up to sign a copy for me. Nov 16, Greer Noble rated it really liked it Shelves: An articulately documented account of the bush war in Rhodesia from a soldiers perspective. It depicts the bravery and fearlessness of one of the most formidable and elite fighting force there was at the time.
Their frustrations in being held back by politics and the pressures of the outside world was tantamount to holding back a pack of high-spirited pit-bull with lengths of knitting yarn. The suspense in following their tactics in the many skirmishes with the enemy is heart-stopping.
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Told as i An articulately documented account of the bush war in Rhodesia from a soldiers perspective. Told as it was, this 'no-frills' report of one of the most daring bush wars ever attempted is a 'must-read' for those who were there and for those who are interested in raw bush warfare.
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The charm of it is NOT that it was written for a literary award because it wasn't , but that it was written by a Selous Scout revered by his fellow soldiers. The American military in general do not like to operate in small teams outside the special operations community. Back in the day "regular" military snipers operated as singletons then in two man teams Sniper and spotter , now today most conventional snipers operate in three-man teams and greater!
So as you can see this method of operation is ultimately falling to the wayside. This book shows and proves it can be used successfully risk vs. Now back to the book. It covers Crouks career in the Rhodesian Army were he first served in the Rhodesian Light Infantry RLI and were he was initially decorated for valor he would later become one of Rhodesia's most decorated , following the RLI Crouks attends the dreaded Selous Scouts selection and is selected to be a member of this elite unit commanded by Reid-Daly you can read his book "Pamwe Chete - The Legend of the Selous Scouts".
Crouks goes on to see action in the all the border areas of Rhodesia as well as conducting external operations cross border in Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana. Also Crouks was instrumental in the employment of military free-fall in the Recce Troop. This book also has a lot of references corrections and additions by both gentlemen to the Reid-Daly book "Pamwe Chete" as for a long time Reid-Daly and Crouks were on the "outs" over incidents in the past during their service together in the Selous Scouts, so much that Reid-Daly had cut all or most of the exploits by Crouks out of his book.
In Crouks writing this book he contacted Reid-Daly to set the recorded straight and in doing so they both are now somewhat friends again. So this book is like the lost chapters or appendix to "Pamwe Chete". So to truly get the full story of the Selous Scouts you need to read both books to finally get the complete history. Finally I cannot recommend this book more; it is a superb read for any one interested in counter-insurgency. It is a ideal read for the true military professional and a must read for the Rhodesian Bush War enthusiast or historian.
By Unbiased on Jun 28, This is one of the better books on the subject of the Rhodesian fight against Communism which they eventually lost.
Its is not a grand political overview but an amazingly detailed account of one man's experiences though his military career. Its a great read, written like Croukamp speaks. This is a great book and a "must read" for any one interested in military writing, particularly with regards to unconventional warfare. Warning, this book will offend liberals and communists. Bergesen on Jul 23, I was really wanting to like this book more than I did. First off, it's a bit pricey for a paperback with a couple dozen small, black-and-white photos sprinkled throughout.
Second, I bought this book to learn more about Selous Scouts operations and, after reading it, I really didn't feel any more knowledgable on the subject than I did before I started. The author seems to take for granted that the reader already knows combat tracking techniques, what pseudo-terrorist operations were, and what Fireforce was, among other things.
As a result, he never really explains anything particularly well. Aside from those two main gripes, the book is not very well written. The author uses the same idioms again and again and it really gets to be tedious reading. He also jumps around quite a bit temporally, moving backwards and forwards through time during the largely chronological narrative. Too many awkward personal stories are recounted. The author starts to come across as a bit of a pervert dating a 13 year old; sneaking into a married woman's bedroom at night, etc. The author also included commentary on his draft written by a former commanding officer and sometimes rival.
I found this rather odd. In the end, I was wishing I was reading the commenting officer's book instead which, unfortunately, is out of print and very pricey to acquire new or used. Better maps would have helped, being as the author operated all over Rhodesia and beyond its borders. Overall, this was a mess of a book. I probably won't be reading this book all the way through again. As a soldier, Mr. Croukamp may have been one of the best of his generation, but as a writer, he leaves much to be desired.
By Fletch on Jan 05, I generally do not like reading about someone else's war stories I only got the book because of a research paper I was writing. This book was engrossing and actually exciting. This author is a singular individual to say the least I'm glad I read the book. It provided wonderful references for my paper too. I like that he did not dwell too much time on any one anecdote. He knew when to move on By Torch on Jul 14, While America had thier own problems, another part of the world had thier own problems. Nothing romantic about the war but just young men doing what they were ordered to.
Personally I think Rodesia was sold out as a way to cleanse the soul of Europe. Like mouthwash to get the taste of imperialism out of their mouth. Some people keep on going even when they know they are beat, kudos to them. By Amazon Customer on Apr 18, The author is a vibrant narrator of his personal experiences in the effort to stop communist backed insurgents from overrunning a country that was dear to him.
The author was dynamic in his telling of events and was able to use photographs that he took personally to punctuate his tales of cross border raiding and internal exploits. I found it interesting that his mention of train derailment in an area of Mozambique can be supported with the modern advent of Earth Mapping software which allows anyone to look anywhere.
Croukamp has so well described the location and surrounds of one the raids that one can look and see that the derailed train cars are in fact still present along the rail lines today. Well written and informative, I would refer this book to anyone that wanted some insight to the fighting forces that took up the cause of trying to save Rhodesia.
By Ferro on Jun 23, The author begins his account as a somewhat unlikable young man navigating the stuffy public school mentality that characterized the ex-colonial social structures of Rhodesia. Within the first 50 pages he has shot a likely innocent black fisherman, stolen food out of unattended houses, and congratulated himself on avoiding returning money he had owed. Through love of combat and his country however, our troublemaker gradually matures into a humble and responsible leader, a great soldier who did his utmost to hold the line and defend his country, even while vaguely realizing the futility of it all.
What I most like is his ability to evoke the atmosphere and adventure of the African bush, and his accounts are enlivened by his own actual photos from the time. He is also transparent on a personal level, and honest about who he was. This provides an air of intimacy and an extra layer of interest that is often lacking in other first-hand accounts. An authentic and enjoyable read. By Kris Littledale on Feb 22, I've read a lot of books about Rhodesia's desperate struggle to keep their freedom. This is without a doubt one of the best. It's a shame that Croukamp and Reid-Daly had a falling out but I commend Croukamp for giving Reid-Daly the opportunity to respond to some of the parts where Croukamp dealt a bit harshly with him.
The parts where Croukamp discusses "Operation Quartz"--the coup that wasn't, are tantalizing!!!! He provides a little more info on the subject than other books I've read but not a lot. It's a subject that would make a great book in it's own right. I'm not as young as I used to be and I suspect I'll never find out who cancelled the operation or why but I surely would like to know. Was it the South Africans?