By Chris Cocks
Fireforce is the compelling, brutal yet real account of Chris Cocks’ provider in three Commando, The Rhodesian mild Infantry, in the course of Zimbabwe’s sour civil battle of the ’70s—a warfare that got here to be recognized nearly innocuously as ‘the bush war’. ‘Fireforce’, a tactic of overall airborne envelopment, was once built and perfected via the RLI, including the Selous Scouts and the Rhodesian Air strength. Fireforce grew to become the imperative strike weapon of the beleaguered Rhodesian forces of their fight opposed to the overpowering tide of the Communist-trained and -equipped ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas.
The wrestle pressure on a scuffling with soldier used to be nearly incredible, for the Rhodesians, who have been constantly desperately wanting floor troops, have been occasionally obliged to parachute an analogous males into motion into as many as 3 enemy contacts an afternoon. whereas estimates of enemy casualties differ, there turns out no doubt that the RLI accounted for no less than 12,000 ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas—but now not for free.
Fireforce isn't for the squeamish. even though it has been written with unforgettable pathos and humor, it tells of face-to-face wrestle within the bush and demise at point-blank diversity. it's a ebook which does not anything to glorify or glamorize struggle, for as Chris Cocks stumbled on at this kind of younger age, warfare is in simple terms a listing of soreness, destruction and death.
Fireforce has been defined through critics as being to the Rhodesian struggle what All Quiet at the Western entrance used to be to international warfare I and Dispatches used to be to Vietnam. learn it … it is going to an event you always remember.
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