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eBook Fireforce ePub

by Chris Cocks

  • ISBN: 1919874321
  • Category: Military
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: Chris Cocks
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Covos-Day Books; 3rd edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Pages: 296
  • ePub book: 1837 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1675 kb
  • Other: rtf txt mbr lrf
  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 249

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Fireforce by Chris Cocks (2001-07-01) Paperback – 1750.

Fireforce by Chris Cocks (2001-07-01) Paperback – 1750. by. Chris Cocks (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. Publisher: Covos-Day Books (1750).

CHRIS COCKS was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia in 1957 and served three years and 28 days as a combat NCO with 3. .

CHRIS COCKS was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia in 1957 and served three years and 28 days as a combat NCO with 3 Commando, the Rhodesian Light Infantry (the RLI, an airborne/airmobile unit), from 1976 to 1979. In the introduction, it is claimed that Chris Cocks' FireForce was to the Rhodesian Bush War as All Quiet on the Western Front is to World War I. At first I dismissed this statement as self-boasting, however I was to find this was actually an accurate comparison. Both are well written, amazing, tragic stories of war as witnessed through the eyes of a young soldier. Now I myself have served 4 years in the US Regular Army- Active Duty.

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"Fireforce" is the compelling, brutal, but true account of Chris Cocks' service in 3 Commando, The Rhodesian Light Infantry, during the bush war. Serving in 3 Commando's elite ranks, other than born Rhodesians, were Englishmen, Irishmen, Scots, Welshmen, Americans, Norwegians, South Africans, Portuguese, Brazilians, Australians, New Zealanders, West Germans, and Canadians, plus a host of other nationalities. It was the closest parallel to the French Foreign Legion in recent times.

Chris Cocks joined the RLI as a National Servicemen in 1976 for 12 months at the age of 18, then signed on as a regular for three years. He soon became a stick leader and at times, after promotion to lance corporal, acted as Troop Commander. His upbringing had been a sheltered one and he knew little of life...but he was due for a radical change.

Fireforce, a method of combat developed by the Rhodesians and perfected by the RLI, involved troops being helicoptered or parachuted into an area immediately after a guerrilla presence had been reported or a sighting made.

The combat strain on a fighting solier was almost unbelievable, for the Rhodesians, who were always desperately short of ground troops to deal with guerrilla incursions, sometimes parachuted the same men into as many as three contacts a day.

While estimates of enemy casualties vary, there seems little doubt that the RLI successfully accounted for at least 12,000 ZANLA and ZIPRA Communist-trained and equipped guerrillas during the long years of war. "Fireforce" is not for the squeamish. Although it has been written with unforgettable pathos and humor; it also tells of face-to-face combat in the bush and death at point-blank range. It is a book which does nothing to glamorize or glorify the war. For as Chris Cocks found at such a young age, war is merely a catalogue of suffering, destruction and death.

"Fireforce" has been described by critics as being to the Rhodesian War what "All Quiet on the Western Front" was to World War I. Read it...it will be an experience you will never forget.

Comments

Zorve Zorve
The first time I could find this book at a reasonable price I jumped right on it. For some reason I have a fascination with the Rhodesian Bush War, so I was really happy to see this edition available. The story and the writing are compelling. Chris Cocks does a very good job of making you feel like you're jumping on to helicopters and going on patrols with him -- and the frustration at every turn. Highly recommended.
Zeus Wooden Zeus Wooden
Written from the perspective of a man in the middle of the action. Chronicling the decline and ultimate collapse of what was once a great and proud nation. I would have bought it just for the great black and white photos. The great story telling is a bonus.
Amarin Amarin
I enjoyed the hell out of Chris Cocks story of his military service in the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI) from 1976-1979.Chris goes into detail about his basic training and then his posting to the RLI.He weaves a wonderful story of the men that he served with and the missions that they went on.If you are a student of military history this is the book for you.
Togor Togor
"All of us started at the top of the mountain, young and full of hope. But our parents' war changed all that. There was no glory - just drink, drugs and death."

The Rhodesian War was fought between April 1966 and April 1980 when Zimbabwe became independent. Today that war is a forgotten episode in a no longer existent country. Chris COCKS was conscripted into the Rhodesian Army in January 1976 at the age of 18, and served as a commando until January 1979. This book is the complete, unvarnished story of those years and of his friends. I've read many books that focus on one particular aspect of an author's military service (usually action of some impressive type). However I have never read one this brave that tells it all, facts and emotions, on and off duty. And I mean real brave (not the usual arty navel contemplating reviewer "brave") - some of the actions depicted within could still draw considerable trouble down upon the heads of those involved. The remoteness of that war allows readers to leave most of their pre-conceptions behind. At the same time, it was a COIN conflict and the experiences described are in many ways more relevant to a current military audience than, for example, World War II.

The result is an excellent book, which whilst being of general interest to anyone, is essential reading for three specific types of reader. Firstly and most obviously, any future soldier - volunteer or otherwise, know what you may well be in for - the good and the bad. For them it may well become what Robert MASON's "Chickenhawk" is for military helicopter pilots. Secondly, their parents - to understand what their children will be doing. Finally, we live in an age when increasing numbers of our politicians seem to lack experience of the real world outside professional politics. They seem to get their knowledge of war from Hollywood and military press briefings. I would make this compulsory reading for them before they could embark on any course of action that sends their young people to war.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.
The Sphinx of Driz The Sphinx of Driz
Take a step back in time to one of the forgotten and neglected conflicts. Chris Cocks was a member of the Rhodesian Light Infantry and tells us of his experience in the Rhodesian Bush War. One thing that might interest you is the Rhodesian Fireforces executed more combat parachute jumps than any other military force before or since. Worth a look.