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Rhodesian Air Force OperationsA Matter of Weeks rather than Months

Counter Strike from the Sky

Rhodesian Fire Force Operations, with a writ large of Operation Dingo



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  • Author is Dr JRT Wood 
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    Reviews, December 7, 2009


    Annay Dawson   - See all my reviews

    The book Counter-Strike from the Sky by J. R. T. Wood details the use of the Alouette III K-Car and the practices that lead to the counter-insurgency tactics that became Foxfire in Rhodesia. Counter-Strike from the Sky details the concepts of Fireforce and the dates that it was implemented, details the equipment used in the program, as well as the history before, during, and after it that brought it into existence. J. R. T. Wood has also included a DVD with the book that some will find an added benefit. Before starting this book it would be helpful to have some idea of what Fireforce is, but not a requirement. The beginning of the book provides the background needed and the ideas of the concept in the first few pages and chapters. The information and set up is comprehensive. In this book research into the details the years of Fireforce and the phases down to detailed numbers, "894 mines were detonated or recovered a the rate of 2.44 mines a day," and, "From 1972-1980 there were 2,504 detonations by vehicles of landmines ... killing 632 people and injuring 4,410." This shows me the amount of time and energy that has been put into getting both the facts and the story correct in this book. The glossary and prologue are important pieces of the book and are located at the beginning of the book and are very helpful to the reader. If a reader is looking for specific information there is and index that has been included as well. There are three rather large sections in the book, two of photos and one of maps and diagrams that give the reader a visual reference. 
    This is not a book I would recommend to just any reader of Rhodesian history. It is not a book that can be picked up as light nightly reading and it is certainly not a book that one would pick up thinking that they would escape back to another day and time. It is a book that I would recommend to any historian of this time period. J.R.T. Wood has done a wonderful job of organizing and presenting the data into a all-inclusive unit.



     Enhanced with an accompanying DVD, January 11, 2010


    Midwest Book Review   (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews

    Some tactics prove so effective they are dissected to be better studied. "Counter-Strike From the Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce in the War in the Bush 1974-1980" tells of a phenomenal military unit. Their use of certain weapons is discussed, and many technical details are presented and elaborated upon. "Counter-Strike from the Sky" is enhanced with an accompanying DVD, and is quite the recommended addition to military studies collections.




Author Richard Wood
Size 6x9"/234 x 153mm
Publication Date May 2009
Number of Pages 308
ISBN 13 978-1-920143-33-6
Illustrations/Photos 150 photos, maps, diagrams
Cover Type Cloth & dust jacket (hard back)
Binding Section Sewn




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