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Mad Dog Killers

The Story of a Congo Mercenary

Author : Ivan Smith

Mad Dog Killers : The Story of a Congo Mercenary

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General - Pages : 160 | Images : 40 b/w photos, sketches, maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : June 2012 | Size : 234mm x 156mm | ISBN : 9781907677786 | Helion Book Code : HEL0325

During that long, hot summer of 1964, Ivan Smith, a mercenary volunteer in the Armée Nationale Congolais, came to witness and understand fear, the law of the jungle and the lust for killing that permeates Africa. A member of 'Mad Mike' Hoare's 5 Commando Group he and his companions were nominally soldiers but there was little in the way of campaigns, tactics and discipline. Of conventional warfare there was none. Loyalty to country or unit did not exist and the fear of death was the only commander. Many more mercenaries died from an accidental discharge, in a drunken shoot-out or from a bullet in the back than were ever killed in action by Simba rebels. Nearly half a century later, Ivan Smith re-lives the nightmare that was the Congo.  

 

"...while Mad Dog Killers provides a superb historical context, it is also Smith's descriptions of the harrowing moments that invariably "feel like a lifetime" for a soldier of fortune that cut to the core of the reader." Weekend Post South Africa "To describe this book as both brave and balanced might be considered something of an understatement..." David Marx (davidmarxbookreviews.wordpress.com)  

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