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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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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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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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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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brilliant

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

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  • Philip Gehman
  • 13-04-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-20

Rhodesia

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

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  • Mike Van Rensburg
  • 04-11-20

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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  • Y. Harrington
  • 25-09-20

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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  • Mike
  • 27-08-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-08-20

Pronunciation concern

Hi there, the content is absolutely true and the writer wrote it superbly. I am a Southern African. The narrator however should have been correctly taught the proper pronunciation of several words throughout the book. The narrator does not even pronounce the authors surname correctly. In future keep in mind to vet the pronunciation for all future books with a local to truly make the audiobook real and ensure authenticity.

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  • John Williamson
  • 01-07-20

Excellent

Bloody Excellent book and a must read. These chaps all deserve tea and medals, and a beer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-20

Great Book! But the narrator was miserable!

Excellent book however narrator was terrible!! Got people’s names, place names and organization names terribly wrong! If he is going to narrate a book about a particular part of the world why would he not do any research. He ruined the book for me, thought about sending it back a number of time because of the narrator. My advice, buy the paper version and read it yourself.

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  • customer
  • 10-04-20

This is the Rhodesian war book you are looking for

top notch. if your interested in Rhodesia or just 20th century conflicts in general you will want this book. I listened to it in only a couple of sessions. made excuses to be in my shop with my headphones on. narrator is a good fit for the subject I feel.