Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry (First Edition)

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Author: Chris Cocks
Publisher: Galago (1988)
Edition: First Edition
ISBN-10: 0947020284
ISBN-13: 9780947020286
Condition: Very Good. The cover is rubbed with some scratches and light creasing across the bottom corners and along the side edge of the back cover. Light wear to cover edges. A few marks on the outside edges of the pages. Evidence of a price sticker removed from the back cover. Reading crease down the spine, which is sunned. Full condition description available on request.
Binding: Softcover 
Pages: 255
Dimensions: 24 x 16.5 x 1.5 cm

Weight: 0.4 kg

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Fireforce is the compelling, brutal but true account of Chris Cocks's service in 3 Commando, The Rhodesian Light Infantry, during Zimbabwe's bitter civil war of the '70s-a war that came to be known almost innocuously as 'the bush war'. 'Fireforce', a tactic of total airborne envelopment, was developed and perfected by the RLI, together with the Selous Scouts and the Rhodesian Air Force.

Fireforce became the principal strike weapon of the beleaguered Rhodesian forces in their struggle against the overwhelming tide of the Communist-trained and -equipped ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas. The combat strain on a fighting soldier was almost unbelievable, for the Rhodesians, who were always desperately short of ground troops, were sometimes obliged to parachute the same men into action into as many as three enemy contacts a day. While estimates of enemy casualties vary, there seems little doubt that the RLI accounted for at least 12,000 ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas-but not without cost.

Fireforce is not for the squeamish, it is a book which does nothing to glorify or glamorize war, for as Chris Cocks found at such a young age, war is merely a catalog of suffering, destruction and death.



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