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Summary Congo Mercenary Read Ï Congo Mercenary ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Û By Mike Hoare Ed rebel uprising in the Congo As they restored law and order town by town he and his. This review has two parts comments on the story told by the book and then comments about the book itselfFirst the story This is Colonel Hoare s personal account of his service in the Congo as a mercenary helping the Congolese government put down a communist backed revolt Colonel Hoare is a good author and his retelling of the events makes for a very fascinating read This book may challenge any preconceptions you have about mercenaries and their use and give you some insights into the mind of a mercenary commander It documents the struggles he had getting his mercenary group 5 Commando organized and trained and of course their many experiences through 18 months of service including heart wrenching accounts of the atrocities inflicted by the rebels on the European mostly Belgian residentsThis is better than any adventure novel it really happened If you are a student of military history African history or just like reading these types of stories I highly recommend this bookNow for the book itself eg the paper binding print uality etc This is advertised as a reprint To be specific this appears to be a reprint that was made by scanning an earlier printing and then reprinting it The text is very readable but is not clean like you would expect from a typeset edition If you ve ever scanned a BW document at 300 DPI say and printed it on your laser or inkjet printer you ll get the idea It s readable but not perfect This has two downsides first sometimes the text shows flaws in places where the scanning was imperfect the scanning head moved slightly or some such thing Second the pictures look like they were printed at very high resolution on a laser printer and are not the high uality photos that appeared in earlier editions of this bookI found this to be disappointing thirty dollars isn t cheap I have hardcover books good ones that cost less than this book and for the price I would have hoped that care and attention would be put into its preparation Scanning followed by the use of OCR software and several rounds of proofreading would have resulted in a boot with much better print uality This may have something to do with the fact that Paladin Press is a small publishing house and so they may not have the resources to dedicate to making a better uality reprint That or they chose not to use themI would describe this book as a trade paperback The uality of the paper and binding seem to be on par with other books of this type that I own Take care of the book and it should last a while I would imagineSo is the book worth the 30 plus shipping and tax If you really want a book by Colonel Hoare you don t have much of a choice as earlier editions of his books are much in demand and very expensive Personally I m satisfied with it

Summary Congo Mercenary

Congo Mercenary

Summary Congo Mercenary Read Ï Congo Mercenary ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Û By Mike Hoare Men freed 1800 nuns and priests His men also learned what it means to be real soldie. First off I want to say like many reviewers have already stated that Col Mike Hoare is a superb writer He has an incredible grasp on the English language and he writes seamlessly and perfectly This makes for an enjoyable readOne aspect of this book that really captured my interest was the undeniably romanticized notions of adventure I think we commonly associate with mercenary life To this end Col Hoare delivers in brilliant fashion We begin with him detailing the rebellion and the chaos and confusion that followed his offer to form a mercenary unit which he comes to call 5 Commando He details the recruiting process the vetting out of the less then desirable men the short training they received and the arms and euipment they were issued although this was a challenge unto itself Throughout the book he also details the tactics used why he chose to give the orders he did and the challenges they faced when executing these plans in some cases relying heavily on luckI found it infinitely insightful how the world news media hampers his every move These journalists approach the situation with a per conceived notion that mercenaries are scum getting paid to kill your fellow man is something most have issues with and thus make their reports to fit this image despite the numerous innocent civilians both black and white in skin color that his men save Although this was a minor albeit consistent theme throughout the book I felt it really opens one s eyes to the bias nature of news reporting on war We all know news media loves to report on sensational stories even if that means embellishing the story but we see in this book the adverse affects it hasAlso related to this theme is how the communist world gets in an uproar in support of the rebels and we see first hand the how and why of these cold war proxy wars Each side puts blinders on refusing to acknowledge the horrible atrocities committed by it s side while promoting those committed by the other side and much like the bias reporters only focus on what they want to seehearAnother thing I thought was interesting was how the book was split into 3 sections During the first one we get a taste of the challenges faced by 5 Commando is training and fighting Both the mercs and rebels are poorly trained The rebels fight with spears and WWII vintage German Mauser rifles As the book progresses so too does the uality of soldering on both sides as the Commandos get training better leadership better arms and euipment etc But again the rebels likewise begin to improve in uality Cuban advisers arrive to lead them Chinese Aks and artillery begin to arrive and so forth Although this is a true story through and through I enjoyed how the book played out like a traditional story increasing and in tension with Col Hoare always on the verge of defeat and as the tension builds it comes to a climatic endingAll in all I enjoyed every bit of this book and look forward to reading Col Mike Hoare s other books Highly recommended

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Summary Congo Mercenary Read Ï Congo Mercenary ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Read & download ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Û By Mike Hoare Col Mike Hoare tells how his force of mercenaries 5 Commando put down a Comunist back. Mike Hoare Congo Mercenary London Robert Hall 1967 A firsthand account by the head of Commando 5 on a rabbit shoot to liberate the eastern Congo including Stanleyville from the Congolese rebels The actual campaign turned out to have been much difficult and problematical but showed that in insurgent situations speed is of the essence in tactical terms but is most appropriate when coupled with strategic purpose This work accents discipline and the weeding out alcoholics drunks booze artists bums and layabouts who seem drawn to mercenary activity in that and any other era The author also shows how Column warfare from an infantryman s point of view is most unsatisfactory Rough justice is also dealt out not just to the Simbas but to mercenaries who act up one who rapes a Congolese woman and then kills her has both of his big toes shot off by Hoare Stanleyville is indeed the Inner Station of Conrad s Heart of Darkness The book ends with the military coup of Joseph Mobutu who ousts President Kasavubu and Prime Minister Moise Tshombe Mobutu would rule the Congo for decades loot it of billions of dollars and never pay his mercenaries or his army enough to keep them from behaving lawlessly Penny wise and pound foolish it would appear Eleven Kinds of Loneliness unsatisfactory Rough justice is also dealt out not just to the Simbas but to mercenaries who act Bible John's Secret Daughter: Murder, Drugs and a Mother's Secret Heartbreak up one who rapes a Congolese woman and then kills her has both of his big toes shot off by Hoare Stanleyville is indeed the Inner Station of Conrad s Heart of Darkness The book ends with the military coup of Joseph Mobutu who ousts President Kasavubu and Prime Minister Moise Tshombe Mobutu would rule the Congo for decades loot it of billions of dollars and never pay his mercenaries or his army enough to keep them from behaving lawlessly Penny wise and pound foolish it would appear