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A Handful of Hard Men

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

by Hannes Wessels

  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Release : 2015-10-19
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 1612003451
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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During the WestÕs great transition into the post-Colonial age, the country of Rhodesia refused to succumb quietly, and throughout the 1970s fought back almost alone against Communist-supported elements that it did not believe would deliver proper governance. During this long war many heroes emerged, but none more skillful and courageous than Captain Darrell Watt of the Rhodesian SAS, who placed himself at the tip of the spear in the deadly battle to resist the forces of Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo. It is difficult to find another soldierÕs story to equal WattÕs 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; as an airborne shock-trooper leading camp attacks, long range reconnaissance operator, covert urban operator, sniper, saboteur, seek-and-strike expert, and in the final stages as a key figure in mobilizing an allied army in neighboring Mozambique. After 12 years in the cauldron of war his cause slipped from beneath him, however, 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, devoting himself to both the fauna and African people he has cared so deeply about.

A Handful of Hard Men

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

by Hannes Wessels

  • Publisher : Casemate
  • Release : 2015-10-19
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN : 161200346X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A biography of a Special Forces soldier who battled the forces of Mugabe and Nkomo, earning a reputation as a military maestro. During the West’s great transition into the post-colonial age, the country of Rhodesia refused to succumb quietly, and throughout the 1970s, fought back almost alone against Communist-supported elements that it did not believe would deliver proper governance. During this long war, many heroes emerged, but none more skillful and courageous than Capt. Darrell Watt of the Rhodesian SAS, who placed himself at the tip of the spear in the deadly battle to resist the forces of Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo. It is difficult to find another soldier’s story to equal 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. A bush-lore genius, blessed with uncanny instincts and an unbridled determination, he had no peers as a combat-tracker—and there was plenty of competition. The Rhodesian theater was a fluid and volatile one, in which he performed in almost every imaginable fighting role: as an airborne shock-trooper leading camp attacks, long range reconnaissance operator, covert urban operator, sniper, saboteur, seek-and-strike expert, and, in the final stages, as a key figure in mobilizing an allied army in neighboring Mozambique. After twelve years in the cauldron of war, his cause slipped from beneath him, however, 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 later years, he turned to saving wildlife on a continent where animals are in continued danger, devoting himself to both the fauna and African people he has cared so deeply about.

Men of War

Men of War
The Fighting Few Who Took on the World

by Hannes Wessels

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020-11-20
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With roots going back to Cecil Rhodes' buccaneering Pioneers, Stannard, like many of his countrymen, was born and bred to fight against the odds as a soldier defending a country at war with the world. Never frightened to lead, he tackled his foe with skill, incredible courage and almost unbelievable good cheer. Serving in both the SAS and the Selous Scouts, before joining the South African Recces, Stannard fought alongside the best and the bravest black and white soldiers of the Bushwar including legends of the conflict like Chris Schulenburg, Martin Chikondo and Darrell Watt. In the process, he carved a name for himself as one of the greatest fighting men of his generation.If you have read "A Handful of Hard Men" by Hannes Wessels, then you will thoroughly enjoy "Men Of War". Strong stuff, based on the experiences of some extraordinary soldiers. One of the best ina long time. - Al J. Venter

We Dared to Win

We Dared to Win
The SAS in Rhodesia

by Hannes Wessels,Andre Scheepers

  • Publisher : Casemate Publishers
  • Release : 2018-04-19
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1612005888
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A memoir from a Special Forces fighter about his experiences in the Rhodesian War and how combat has shaped his life. 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 thirteen 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 calm, courage, and audacious cunning during a host of extremely dangerous operations. Here, 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. “Andre was the best of the best and the bravest of the brave.” —Capt. Darrell Watt, ex-SAS and subject of A Handful of Hard Men

A Handful of Men

A Handful of Men
The Complete Series

by Dave Duncan

  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release : 2017-07-11
  • Pages : 2603
  • ISBN : 1504047125
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Aurora Award–winning author of the Man of His Word novels returns to the magical realm of Pandemia with this high fantasy series. In these four epic novels of sword and sorcery, discord rages throughout the land of Pandemia and the rightful rulers fight an unjust imperor. The Cutting Edge: For fifteen years, Queen Inos and King Rap have ruled Krasnegar peacefully, but now darkness encroaches. When a royal family grows tyrannical and armies wage war along the Impire’s borderlands, Rap ignores them—until he learns the Protocol, a treaty controlling the use of magic, is in danger of being destroyed. Upland Outlaws: The mad dwarf, Xinixo, rules as the imperor, enchanting his subjects and enemies to believe he is Shandie, the rightful ruler. Wielding the combined power of all the sorcerers under his control, he destroys or enslaves any who oppose him. But his greatest enemies, King Rap and the true Shandie, will stop at nothing to end his reign. The Stricken Field: The sorcerer Xinixo still rules the Impire, but King Rap and Shandie continue to resist his reign, enlisting the help of the remaining free sorcerers of the world to destroy him. Their chances of victory remain slim . . . until a young pixie girl decides to join their cause. The Living God: The imposter Xinixo continues to rule as war wages in the Impire. The troll sorcerers have joined the resistance and Rap is rallying the elves to his cause. His wife, Queen Inos, and Shandie negotiate with gnomes while the sorcerers of Thume and the pixie girl secretly organize a resistance to Xinixo’s rule. But the odds are against them as the prophesied Longday draws nearer.

On Operations with C Squadron SAS

On Operations with C Squadron SAS
Terrorist Pursuit and Rebel Attacks in Cold War Africa

by Michael Graham

  • Publisher : Pen and Sword Military
  • Release : 2020-04-30
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1526772841
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This is the third and final ‘stand-alone’ account of C Squadron SAS’s thrilling operations against the relentless spread of communist backed terrorism in East Africa. Drawing on first-hand experiences the author describe operations against communist-backed terrorists in Angola and Mozambique, aiding the Portuguese and Renamo against the MPLA and Frelimo respectively. Back in Southern Rhodesia SAS General Peter Walls, realising the danger that Mugabe and ZANU represented, appealed directly to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. This correspondence, published here for the first time, changed nothing and years of corruption and genocide followed. Although C Squadron was disbanded in 1980 many members joined the South African special forces. Operations undertaken included unsuccessful and costly destabilisation attempts against Mugabe and missions into Mozambique including the assassination of Samora Machel. By 1986 deteriorating relationships with the South African authorities resulted in the break-up of the SAS teams who dispersed worldwide. Had Mike Graham not written his three action-packed books, C Squadron SAS’s superb fighting record might never have been revealed. For those who are fascinated by special forces soldiering his accounts are ‘must reads’.

The Hardmen

The Hardmen
Legends of the Cycling Gods

by The Velominati,Frank Strack,Brett Kennedy,John 'Gianni' Andrews

  • Publisher : Profile Books
  • Release : 2017-06-01
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN : 178283236X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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It's time we all stopped whining and learned a thing or two from The Toughest Cyclists Ever. Including: Stephen Roche, whose cure for exhaustion was to go up a gear and fight harder, all the way to the ambulance. Eddy Merckx, who hurt himself so badly in breaking the Hour record that, he estimated, he shortened his career by a year. Beryl Burton, who crushed her (male) rival's morale with the offer of a piece of liquorice, before speeding past to victory. Nicole Cooke and Edwig Van Hooydonck, who rejected dope and became legends. The Hardmen tells the stories - the good bits, anyway - of the 40 most heroic Cyclists ever. Their bravery, their panache and their Perfect Amount of Dumb. It reminds us that suffering on a bike liberates us from our daily lives, and that, in the words of Lance Armstrong "pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever"; proof that even assholes can be insightful.

We Were a Handful

We Were a Handful

by Poláček, Karel

  • Publisher : Charles University in Prague, Karolinum Press
  • Release : 2016-10-01
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN : 8024632853
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The acclaimed novel We Were a Handful is the humorous story of five small-town boys. In 1943 during one of the lowest points of his life – as he awaited his deportation to Theresienstadt – Karel Poláček recalled his youth, inviting readers to see the world through the eyes of a child. Written as a first-person narrative from one of the boys, the natural humor of the material is intensified by the language of the narrator as he attempts a grandiose tone to satirize and celebrate the people of his town. Poláček masterfully avoids the clichés of childhood naïveté as he weaves his tales of adventures, battles with the boys from a neighboring village, and first love – as well as the clash between the fantastic world of children and the prosaic world of adults. With We Were a Handful Karel Poláček beautifully portrays the world of a child from a Jewish family on the eve of tragedy. „Conveys how humour can deal with tragedy… There is actually a lot of humanity in it.” —David Vaughan, www.radio.cz

A Hard Man to Love

A Hard Man to Love
A Book

by Kathleen Lawless

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN : 9780739472187
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Montana Blackstone has big plans for the deluxe spa resort she's building at Black Creek Ranch. They don't include letting her know-it-all new foreman take the reins ... Once a pro poker player, now a renowned business troubleshooter, Steele came to Black Creek to give investors a covert report on the spa's potential -- not to give its gorgeous owner such very personal attention."--Publisher description.

The Cinema of Joseph Losey

The Cinema of Joseph Losey
A Book

by James Leahy

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1967
  • Pages : 175
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hard Times, Hard Men

Hard Times, Hard Men
Maine and the Irish, 1830-1860

by James H. Mundy

  • Publisher : Harp Pub
  • Release : 1990
  • Pages : 209
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Handful of Morning Glories

A Handful of Morning Glories
A Book

by Carl Springer

  • Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing
  • Release : 2012-02
  • Pages : 476
  • ISBN : 1457507013
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In the beginning God created the Heavens, the Earth, and the Human Race and said it was good. God put a man and woman in the Garden of Eden where they could live stark naked, free from lust and all temptations. There was no toiling or sweating. No pain or hunger. Everything was provided to sustain them forever. Then they screwed it all up. To this day the Human Race has learned absolutely nothing from this debacle. Life in the mid twentieth century, along the Buffalo River in Lawrence County, Tennessee, exemplifies the divergent range of consciousness which has evolved in Mankind since the time of Eden. Minnie Shelton said she had two things against her when she was born. She was Black and she was a woman. She taught herself to read when she was four. She had an unquenchable thirst to understand the world and most of all the reason for existence. Minnie had a perspective of the world much above the masses. She would live her life yielding to the unmovable and grasping as much from life as time and circumstance afforded. Jo Sephus was a small man with the cognitive development of an eight year old. He was abandoned by his mother and siblings in his mid teens. He accepted whatever life offered without judgment or malice. Minnie Shelton said if she had to stand in final judgment in another's shoes it would be those of Jo Sephus. Life can be hard. Nature is blind and unyielding. Sickness and death stalk us from our genetic inheritance. But above all, most misery comes from Man's inhumanity against Man. Yet, as Ophelia Shelton found in a journal left by her mother, each person on earth has within their grasp the power and conviction to eradicate human misery. It was given to humanity by a man that walked this earth for over thirty years, two thousand years ago. "Love your neighbor as..." In total exasperation Ophelia cries "Why are we all so blind?"

A Handful of Sand

A Handful of Sand
A Love Story Woven Into Violent Class Struggle During the French Invasion of Mexico

by Mary Louise McCaffrey

  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release : 2007-01
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN : 0595393489
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"The historical background is woven into the novel with ease made me want to study Mexican history again." -Leonard Tourney, Author of Time's Fool"A Handful of Sand has powerful characters and a historical sweep. McCaffrey is a gifted storyteller." -Bill Johnson, Author of A Story Is A Promise"This gripping story of love and war offers twists, turns, and suspense. Well written. Powerful." -Bonnie Hearn Hill, Author of Double Exposure, Killer Body, InternA Latino Gone With The Wind occurring in Mexico at the same time as the United States civil war. Mexican patriots, Miguel and Isabella, a charismatic Juarista colonel and a fiery aristocrat, star-crossed lovers of different caste on opposite sides of a violent class struggle and repulse of a French invasion, fight for their country and against prejudice, each in their own way. Isabella, independent in a male-dominated society, betrays her father and class to give covert aid to Juarista guerrillas. Her clandestine love affair with Miguel is a maze of secrets, lies, and subplots with the intrigue and suspense of a mystery woven into tumultuous Mexican history. A dramatic twist leads to a poignant ending.

Mongrel Punts and Hard Ball Gets

Mongrel Punts and Hard Ball Gets
An A-Z of Footy Speak

by Anonim

  • Publisher : Red Dog Books
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 1742590942
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Heller with a Gun

Heller with a Gun
A Novel

by Louis L'Amour

  • Publisher : Domain
  • Release : 2004-02-03
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 0553899201
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Tom Healy was in trouble. His theatrical troupe needed to get to Alder Gulch, Montana, and the weather was turning. Andy Barker promised Tom he could get them there safely, but Tom was reluctant to trust him: he had the lives of three actresses to consider, and his personal feelings for Janice further heightened his concern. Then King Mabry showed up. Although Tom didn’t like the way he looked at Janice, he could see that Mabry made Barker uneasy. So Tom invited Mabry to join them. Tom was right to be worried, because Barker had a plan. He knew that the wagons carried something more than actors and scenery. He and his men were going to steal it any way they could. And that included murder.

Arizona Ambush

Arizona Ambush
A Book

by Don Pendleton

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1977
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9780523401669
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A Handful of Providence

A Handful of Providence
The Civil War Letters of Lt. Richard Goldwaite, New York Volunteers, and Ellen Goldwaite ; Edited by Marti Skipper and Jane Taylor

by Richard Goldwaite,Ellen Goldwaite

  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release : 2004-01-01
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9780786418565
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The long-silent voices of Richard and Ellen Goldwaite, a newly married couple separated by Richard's service in the Union army, come to life in this collection of their wartime correspondence. Seemingly forgotten for years, tucked away in a burlap sack, these letters provide a first-hand account of the effects of the Civil War on one couple and chronicle the separation and loss, sorrow and despair, loneliness and fear, and longing for peace and happier times that war brings--and the conflict between disillusionment and loneliness, duty and honor that Richard's longing for his young bride forces him to confront. These 132 letters, written from 1861 to 1863, chronologically follow Richard's service throughout the war: his voluntary enlistment; his service on a Union ferry; time spent in the Union Coast Guard; postings in Virginia and North Carolina; and his return home. A brief explanation introduces each group of letters. An introduction details the Goldwaites' lives before the war, and an epilogue tells of their life together afterwards. The text is illustrated with more than 40 photographs. Appendices include a history of Goldwaite's regiment and an account of his company's service in the Mexican War; newspaper accounts of events described in the letters; orders for Goldwaite's postings; details about the deaths of colleagues in the war; and military communications between Richard Goldwaite and other servicemen. There is a preface and a bibliography.

A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust
A Book

by Robert J. Pajer

  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • Release : 2009-07
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN : 0557075246
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Take one of the most famous missing persons of the 20th Century, a renowned New York State Governor, a 21st Century crazed Navy Captain, and place them in 1930 depression-riddled New York City, then toss in a 21st Century hotshot FBI undercover agent and you have the ingredients of a fast paced thriller that will keep you awake turning pages.

McGivern and the Hard Men

McGivern and the Hard Men
A Book

by Theodore V. Olsen

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 1994
  • Pages : 314
  • ISBN : 9780843936124
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In McGivern, the murder of his wife forces McGivern into a showdown with his own people, while in The Hard Men, rivals Buckmaster and Soderstrom wage a bitter, desperate battle for the ownership of the valley. Original.

Beyond No Mean Soldier

Beyond No Mean Soldier
The Explosive Recollections of a Former Special Forces Operator

by Peter McAleese

  • Publisher : Helion & Company Limited
  • Release : 2015-05-01
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 9781910294017
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Peter McAleese needs little introduction... His classic book "No Mean Soldier" was an immediate bestseller and set the bar for the modern military memoir. Few have since met its match. This completely revised and expanded edition sees a philosophical McAleese revisiting his time with Britain's Parachute Regiment, the SAS, Rhodesia's SAS and the South African Defense Force's 44 Para Brigade. Oh, and a few other adventures in and between - Colombia, private military companies and near fatal skydiving accidents; mercenary, soldier of fortune or flawed ideologist? Now's your time to consider this and more - as has McAleese himself. It's a compelling read - and with the addition of previously unpublished photos from McAleese's private collection, there's no other way to describe it. "Beyond No Mean Soldier" does exactly that, going deep and further beyond the experience of "No Mean Soldier". Over many months and into the early hours, McAleese reflected on his wide and expansive experiences - the men he's served with and the operations he'd conducted. Here in startling detail are the Aden insurgency, covert operations with the Rhodesian SAS and one of the first ever operational HALO inserts in British military history. Heart pumping assaults on SWAPO positions with 44 Para's Pathfinder Company and the sheer terror of flawed mercenary operations in Angola with the likes of 'Colonel Callan'; near death in Colombia when an assassination attempt went terribly wrong. McAleese recounts all of this with amazing clarity and even more humility. 'I'm just an ordinary person who happened to find himself doing extraordinary things' he says. Yes, perhaps that's true to a point, but what rides through all of McAleese's narrative is his total commitment to the profession of arms - soldiering. His attention to detail, his consummate knowledge of military skills from field craft to skill at arms; airborne operations to the tactics of small unit SAS operations.... All of this echoed by the commentary of the numerous individuals that served with McAleese. From around the world, dozens have contributed perspective, commentary and reflection. "Pete does not take fools gladly and this is based upon his comprehensive combat experience where idiots will cause casualties" Alistair Mackenzie - Former 22 SAS Officer. "I managed to get myself into some very nasty but also exciting scraps while latching on to the Pathfinders to see how they were shaping up as the so-called 'Philistines'. They did excellently while under fire, proof that Peter's selection and training regime paid high dividends" Colonel Jan Breytenbach - Former Commander 44 Para Brigade Pathfinder Company, Founder 32 Battalion. These are just two of the contributions featured in "Beyond No Mean Soldier". In an age where we debate courage and leadership, it's all here. Go Beyond No Mean Soldier, it will certainly change the way you see soldiering.