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A Handful of Hard Men Audiobook

A Handful of Hard Men: The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia

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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. A bush-lore genius, blessed with uncanny instincts and an unbridled determination to close with the enemy, he had no peers as a combat-tracker (and there was plenty of competition). But the Rhodesian theater was a fluid and volatile one in which he performed in almost every imaginable fighting role.

After 12 years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, and Rhodesia gave way to Zimbabwe. When the guns went quiet, Watt had won all his battles but lost the war. In this fascinating biography, we learn that in his twilight years, he is now concerned with saving wildlife on a continent where they are in continued danger and devoting himself to both the fauna and African people he cares so deeply about.

©2015 Hannes Wessels (P)2017 Tantor

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    "A Handful of Great Stories"

    This was an excellent conglomeration of stories from the Rhodesian SAS. Narration, not so lively.

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

    What a story! The book is not for the lighthearted. Tells the story from the perspective of the Rhodesian SAS, which some may find objectionable philosophically, and in deed. However, it also reveals the other side of the events-- the complicity of neighbors, the role of South Africa, Cuba, the Soviet Union and the UK/US/UN. Like the sinking of the Titanic we know the ending, but with a continuing vengeful twist not envisioned by the world players.

    As the book progressed I grew accustomed to the narrator's slow reading and lack of inflection.

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    "Inspirational story of what can be achieved by individuals and small teams against the odds."

    I would have preferred a less posturing performance however the story was astounding. Bravery, discipline, resilience and true love of country which does not necessitate hate of others. A story for us, our children and for all country leaders.

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    "Excellent insight"

    Excellent insight into a fascinating bit of history and some very brave and professional soldiers.

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    "Africa the political playground for the West"

    Great story, a fight for a cause a struggle of insurmountable odds, the destruction of society for the sake of Western domestic favour - a band of brothers fighting on their soil for the sake of their homes and way of life victorious on the battlefield defeated by politicians

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