Doug Schmuck

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  • A Handful of Hard Men

  • The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia
  • By: Hannes Wessels
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

It is difficult to find another soldier's story to equal Captain Darrell Watt's in terms of time spent on the field of battle and challenges faced. Even by the lofty standards of the SAS and Special Forces, one has to look far to find anyone who can match his record of resilience and valor in the face of such daunting odds and with resources so paltry. In the fight, he showed himself to be a military maestro. After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe.

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  • Fantastic Story- Title says it all... Hard Men

  • By rowca on 10-05-17


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Reviewed: 11-24-18

I have no idea why some people think the narrator is wrong for this great book; he reads at a nice easy pace, and has a soothing voice. The book itself is a real gem; a nonfiction account of the Rhodesian War told through the eyes of actual SAS operators. One of those rare nonfiction works that is so well done it reads like a good fiction novel. I love both fiction and non-fiction works about special forces operations in Vietnam, for example, but I started this book knowing absolutely nothing about the war in Rhodesia. No problem. The book starts out with a brief telling of the political history leading up to the war, and then each chapter tells all about an operation or battle in vivid detail, then a little about the political fallout and impact of the battle. By the end of the book it’s clear that the war was very winnable for the Rhodesians, but the politicians always stopped the SAS just short of outright victory. The war was eventually lost, even though nearly every individual battle was won. For students of the Vietnam conflict, this will be a familiar theme. Outstanding book. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

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