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Bandit Mentality: Hunting Insurgents in the Rhodesian Bush War. A Memoir by [O’Brien, Lindsay]
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"I remember the "negotiations" between the British Government and Ian Smith as if it were yesterday. This was a dark period in Rhodesian history, brought into stark reality by Lindsay O'Brien. Remarkable."--Books Monthly

"This is an excellent first-hand account...provides a valuable insight in to why the Rhodesians lost in the end after so long."--Miniature Wargames

"Bandit Mentality is a welcome addition to the Rhodesian/Zimbabwean war library and is a thoroughly enjoyable read." --Insight on Africa

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Bandit Mentality captures Lindsay ‘Kiwi’ O’Brien’s Bush War service from 1976–1980 at the coalface of the Rhodesian conflict. Starting in the BSA Police Support Unit, the police professional anti-terrorist battalion, he served across the country as a section leader and a troop commander before joining the UANC political armies as trainer and advisor. Much has been written about the Army’s elite units, but Support Unit’s war record was mainly unknown during the conflict, and has faded into obscurity afterwards. Support Unit started poorly supplied and equipped, but the caliber of the men, mostly African, was second-to-none. Support Unit specialized in the “grunt” work inside Rhodesia with none of the flamboyant helicopter or cross-border raids carried out by the army. O’Brien’s war was primarily within selected tribal lands, seeking out and destroying terrorist units in brisk close range battles with little to no support. O’Brien moved from the police to working with the initial UANC deployment in the Zambezi Valley where the poorly trained recruits were delivered into the terrorist lair. They had to learn fast or die. O’Brien’s account is a foreign-born perspective from a junior commander uninterested in promotion and the wrangling of upper command. He was decorated and wounded three times.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3209 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Helion and Company (23 August 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07QBCZ4BF
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,046 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
Mungous474
5.0 out of 5 starsBoots bullets boredom - and real hands-on experience of leading BSAP Support Unit men in action.
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5.0 out of 5 starsHolding the line which was full of holes
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5.0 out of 5 starsA good read, found it interesting and how they coped ...
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