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A Handful of Hard Men

The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia
Written by: Hannes Wessels
Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
4.9 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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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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great story of warriors!

excellent story of the Rhodesian SAS. had no idea that this even took place. excellent description of supreme Firepower using machine guns. however story would be much better presented if in authentic voice.

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Fantastic account, historically accurate.

An awesome insight into the harsh reality of the bush war with very astute summary of the Rhodesian spirit and political circumstances. The only complaint: the narrator mispronounces almost every single Rhodesian/Zimbabwean word/name.

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Great story, incredible men.

This was an excellent book and it was fascinating to hear how a very small, and by contemporary standards, poor army was able to defeat much larger and often better armed opponents. An interesting tale only hurt a little by a poor narrator.

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Very interesting: high level and details

A great combination of individual events and stories as well as a lot of big-picture stuff that I had no idea about. Very entertaining and educational. Also inspirational: these were hard men!

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  • Tim
  • 2020-01-03

Outstanding!

Great book, well written and well narrated. No super soldiers with millions of dollars in gear, just tough, determined men on a mission.

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Never forget. Pamwe Chete

A incredible story of the brave men black and white who gave their all for Rhodesia. Never forget their sacrifices. Rhodesians Never Die

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Epic

if you are interested in special operations and the complexity of Africa... this is the book. I loved this book through and through. The narrator comes off as a bit intense but it is a intense book with some laughs injected into the carnage. I hope the stories in this book are true to what happened and if they are....wow. Really enjoyed this book I will definitely listen to it again. well done.

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  • rowca
  • 2017-10-05

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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  • DAVIS J BEAM III
  • 2018-07-21

The audiobook that I have read twice

This is the only audiobook that I have bought that I listened to and finished and then turned around and listened to again right afterwards, and I have listened to many audiobooks. The narrator was great and didn’t talk to fast. I really enjoyed the part about Luke in Mozambique. It is really a shame that there are no other audiobooks about the Rhodesian Bush War available because it was about the only “just war” that a country in the Anglosphere has fought since WW2, and it was sabotaged by the elites of London and DC . RHODESIANS NEVER DIE!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-29

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
  • 2017-12-15

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-07

Thank you Hannes Wessels

This is a most remarkable tale of such casual heroism that very few people know about. Its a tragic precursor of outcomes whenever the globalist agenda runs its course. I wish I had read this book 30 years ago.

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  • 2017-09-29

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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  • Loci
  • 2018-01-28

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.

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  • Hyatt
  • 2017-10-22

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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  • Debbie
  • 2018-02-11

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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  • GM PHILLIPS
  • 2020-10-13

Rhodesian SAS

Thouroughly enjoyed this book, as a Rhodesian born Whenwe this hit the button. Its just a shame the pronounciation was American. I am definately going to buy the book.