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 1960s to the very end in 1979, 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.
In The Bush War in Rhodesia, Croukamp chronicles his eventful service with the Rhodesian Regular Army, the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) and the Selous Scouts Reconnaisance Troop as he took part in cross-border reconnaissance operations, HALO jumps behind enemy lines, urban ops in the townships of Salisbury, raids, ambushes, demolition missions, prisoner snatches and more. 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.
Dennis Croukamp excelled in combat, earning Rhodesia's third highest award, the Bronze Cross, for gallantry under fire; becoming the first warrant officer in the history of the RLI to command a troop; and surviving an epic, six-day E&E from behind enemy lines.
BOOK CHAPTER LIST
1) Early Years
2) Introduction to the Army 1964
3) Army Introduction Continues
4) 3 Commando Rhodesian Light Infantry
5) Urban Operations
6) Training Exercises
7) Udi, Rural operations and Viljoen Murders
8) My First Promotion, 1967
9) Operation Cauldron
10) Border Control & More Operations
11) Operations in Mozambique
12) Exiled to Llewellin Barracks
13) Selous Scouts Selection Course
14) Matabeleland Ops and Long Leave
15) My First Scouts Reconnaissance
16) Escape and Evasion
17) Escape and Evasion (Continued)
18) Cross-Border Operations
19) Big Bang in Little Russia
20) Last Year in Scouts
21) A Bug (not an insect)
22) School of Infantry Instructor
23) Good News all Round
24) An Exciting Lifestyle Draws to a Close
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