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Andre Scheepers grew up on a farm in Rhodesia, learning about the bush from his African childhood friends, before joining the army. A quiet, introspective thinker, Andre started out as a trooper in the SAS before being commissioned into the Rhodesian Light Infantry Commandos, where he was engaged in fireforce combat operations. He then rejoined the SAS. 

Wounded 13 times, his operational record is exceptional even by the tough standards that existed at the time. He emerged as the SAS officer par excellence; beloved by his men, displaying extraordinary calmness, courage, and audacious cunning during a host of extremely dangerous operations. Andre writes vividly about his experiences, his emotions, and his state of mind during the war, and reflects candidly on what he learned and how war has shaped his life since.

In addition to Andre's personal story, this book reveals more about some of the other men who were distinguished operators in SAS operations during the Rhodesian War.

©2018 Hannes Wessels and Andre Scheepers (P)2020 Tantor

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Just as gripping as the first book!!

I am blown away at the incredible accomplishments of these guys! I’m also made sick at how England sold out Rhodesia!! Thanks for this books!

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Pronouncation

Some of pronunciations are horrendous
Your Rhodesian names need work (phonetically)
Mat a post. => Ma toe pass
Gway lo. => Gwel low Like jello
Won kie. => Wan key
Karaba. => Ka ree ba. (You got it right the first time and third time)
Sal is bre. =>. Sals bury

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The tragic story behind the story

Having grown up during this time period, it’s sad to reflect on the struggles of the people actually involved in trying to save a centuries old way of life and the stability it brought to Southern Africa. Although always portrayed as a battle between a “white racist” minority and a freedom seeking black majority, the truth is very tragic indeed. The book is well written, interesting and insightful. I am not South African nor do I speak Afrikaans so the narrator was fine to me. Without getting into the politics or ideology of the conflicts of Southern Africa I will ask this.........in the decades following the overthrow, and subsequent ouster of the establishment governments in central and Southern Africa, how have the average people fared? Tens of thousands of slaughtered innocents, rampant poverty, sickness, and starvation at the hands of power mad despots seems to be the order of the day.

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Murdering a language

The most unbelievably jarring pronunciation of not only possibly unfamiliar Pronouns but surely one should be spared mispronounced Anglo-Saxon words—too many to actually mention. “ Salisbury” and “Kissinger” are surely well known but were mangled in a single sentence. Very jarring to the ear

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A sad reality

Great follow up to A Handful of Hard Men, and a sad story of the demise of the bread basket of Africa at the hands of maniacal tyrants.

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Thought Provoking

Brings new perspective to an old issue. Ending definitely heeds warning to avoid future atrocities!

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Rhodesia

Sad that Rhodesia is no longer, would have been the beacon of hope in the sad continent of Africa.

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Unpopular story of a country lost

Informative to say the least, especially with the benefit of hindsight but the limp-wrist of the nose-in-the-air British is something I wasn’t privy to before. Tragic when you reflect on the devastation no reaping Southern Africa unabated

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Excellent story

It’s not just a story... it’s history. Tragic as the end shows us all, it’s about men committed to preserve their country. No their way of life, but their country as a whole.

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soldier's story with a helpful conclusion

as a soldier I appreciated the personal accounts of combat, as a student of history and wanting to know more about some of the issues that humankind struggles with I appreciated the ending.

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  • Iolis
  • 04-15-20

A Remarkable Book

There are numerous books recounting the 20-year struggle of Rhodesians to maintain a strong, viable and progressive country despite everything the world threw at them yet there are only two audiobooks that I know of that recount the experiences of such brave men. Such a pity that this important account was ruined by narration so poor that it must have been contrived. with some hilarious mispronouncements of place names and military terms.

Wessels and Scheepers put a lot into their book, the least the publishers could have done is produce a narrator to give it the respect it deserves.

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  • Andrew
  • 03-20-21

Narrarator disappointing.

The narrators pronunciation of local words and names is terrible. Some understanding of how to pronounce the names would have helped a lot. I enjoy Hannes Wessels books to read but this audio book was disappointing.

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  • Cal
  • 10-24-20

Ruined by the narrator.

The narrator gets the pronunciation of all the African, slang and town names wrong. Why an American for an African story AGAIN. It spoils a good story.

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  • Karl A.
  • 06-18-20

Great story, terrible pronunciation

A fantastic story, all the more interesting as I knew some of the characters mentioned. The impact of the narrative sadly undermined by some terrible pronunciation.

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  • Max Powell
  • 04-18-20

brilliant

brilliant
well narrated honest and selling the truth about forgotten times , god bless RSF.
always

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  • harry
  • 11-21-20

Oh no, not again

As with A HANDFUL OF HARD MEN, the story is an important one that needs to be told, but WHY do they persist in using truely awful (in my option) narrators?
Once again, it is a real struggle to listen to and my advice is to play the Sample, before buying the audiobook, even on 1.1x speed it’s dreadful.

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  • Clive Roberts
  • 06-24-20

Wonderfully captured memoir

Wonderfully captured memoirs. so well scripted, weaving in the first hand accounts of Andre and the other operatives.
As with other Rhodesian books the narrator can't get the pronunciations right.
An Emotional read. will buy the hard cover for the bookshelf.

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  • Andrew Hardwick
  • 06-18-20

Good story told Badly.

A good Story told by a narrator who had no idea about the Rhodesian Military.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-20

Narrator

Roger Clark lived in Ireland an the UK, yet he reads the book like an American. Sal is bury, mom, lootenant , torn a ket, etc, such a shame. Why would they let him do that.

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  • Craig Cawood
  • 10-26-20

An enjoyable listen

A riveting account of the SAS and the Rhodesian bush war. Unfortunately, at times butchered by incorrect pronunciation of military terminology and the local Rhodesian vernacular

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  • John
  • 03-31-21

Narrator

Roger Clark should never have been given the job. His pronunciation was dreadful and he was totally unable to say place names correctly. He even struggled with Salisbury. A Rhodesian accent wasn’t called for and there would not have been a shortage of volunteers.
He spoilt a good yarn

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  • Cindy
  • 03-27-21

Brave Men

I found this so interesting having been born and then growing up in Rhodesia during this time. I was 13 in 1976, lived in Salisbury and was kept safe by the brave men and boys in the Rhodesian Army without fully knowing or understanding the impact this war had on them or their families. I now want to know more.

It's a shame the reader' pronunciation is so bad, Kay Kay/Que Que- Wonky /Wankie- Mata pus/Matopos and Salis bree/ Salisbury just to name a few. It would have been nice to hear a good old Rhodie/Zimbo accent.