Dingo Firestorm

The Greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War

Ian Pringle

 
Date Published :
April 2013
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
c 60 color and b/w photos, 4 b/w maps
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781909384934
Pages : 304
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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On 23 November 1977, an armada of helicopters and airplanes took off from Rhodesian airbases and crossed the border into Mozambique. Their objective: to attack the headquarters of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, where thousands of enemy forces were concentrated. Codenamed Operation Dingo, the raid was planned to coincide with a meeting of Robert Mugabe and his war council at the targeted HQ. It would be the biggest conflict of the Rhodesian Bush War. In this fascinating account, Ian Pringle describes the political and military backdrop leading up to the operation, and he tells the story of the battle through the eyes of key personalities who planned, led and participated in it. Using his own experience as a jet and helicopter pilot and skydiver, he recreates the battle in detail, explaining the performance of men and machines in the unfolding drama of events. DINGO FIRESTORM is a fresh, gripping recreation of a major battle in southern African military history.

About The Author
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After national service in the South African Air Force, Ian Pringle migrated to Rhodesia to work as an industrial chemist and flew aircraft as a hobby. He was drafted into the Police Reserve Air Wing as a pilot, and was involved in numerous enemy contacts. Pringle read his MBA in the UK and worked for Castrol International and BP plc at a senior executive level, spending much of his career in Asia and Europe. He learnt to fly helicopters and ex-military jets in England. He retired to Cape Town in 2004, bringing two Cold War jets with him, and he teamed up with Thunder City, where he still flies the Hawker Hunter, Buccaneer and aerobatic aircraft.

REVIEWS
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"Ian Pringle has written a fast-paced, engaging book about one of the most successful Rhodesian "fireforce” operations in history … His style is such that the reader feels intimately the tension, pressure and speed of the execution … this is an excellent read and a thoroughly engaging book. I highly recommend it for those interested in a regional conflict that has largely been lost in the shadows of history."

- Strategy & Tactics Magazine, June 2013

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