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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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Publisher's Summary

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 jungle war classic..from someone who knows
    a much unreported war. .a lot of people would be alive if they had been allowed to succeed

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

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    Martin Wilson 13/09/2017
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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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    Andrew Frangeskides 14/02/2018 Member Since 2016
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    "Good listen!"

    The book was a good listen and was very informative and entertaining. Really enjoyed and will listen again

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    paul hadfeild 14/02/2018
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    Would you listen to A Handful of Hard Men again? Why?

    I actually might


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Handful of Hard Men?

    There are some very gory scenes and you do start to wander just how fair these fights were a bit like modern day sas against isis .


    Any additional comments?

    Great book that you feel you mustn't miss any off, had me hunting around on the internet for various aircraft types etc.

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    Kirth Ferris Belfast, Northern Ireland 29/01/2018
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    "Would put you to sleep "

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    Voice is so boring, I could not even finish this book. Do not listen to whilst driving or operating heavy machinery.

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    andrew barlow 11/12/2017
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    this is a fabulous story let down by some really lame pronunciations, still recommend it as a must listen

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    "Good book boring narrator"

    Overall I enjoyed the book but did struggle to stay focused because the narrators voice was so dull

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    29/08/17
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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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  • Cubichefrommiami
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    "Exceptional story telling "

    Loved the book. It goes into very good detail which keeps you hooked. Sad story about how a country was sold out by the Brits, shame on Thatcher, kerrington and the rest of the vile Brits.

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  • Hyatt
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    "A story more people need to hear...."

    Outstanding narrative and very clear narrator. A compelling story from a perspective I was not fully aware of. Must read!

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  • rowca
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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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  • Amazon Customer
    29/09/17
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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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  • Ian Silver
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    "Excellent!"

    These were true super soldiers. They carried out their duties successfully against incredible odds. As is so often the case, they were let down by the politicians, and Zimbabwe suffered for decades under Mugabe as a result.

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  • Debbie
    11/02/18
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    "Rhodesian's never die!"

    I grew up in Rhodesia during the war and stayed Zimbabwe a few years after. My dad was in the military during that period and I remember when was he was call up and the tension it brought. There were many unsung heroes who in different circumstances would have got the recognition they deserve. The betrayal and duplicity of Britain and the "globalist" west rings out loud and now is coming to rest on their doorstep. I salute the SAS, RLI and Scouts who took the fight to enemy and never wavered in our fight.

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  • Loci
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    "Don't be deterred by the readers voice - a great book. "

    An incredible account of a less known conflict, however they couldn't have picked a less enthusiastic bloke with worse pronunciation to read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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