A Handful of Hard Men


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Hannes Wessels was born in Southern Rhodesia, but grew up in Umtali on the Mozambican border. He is part-owner of a lodge on the Zambezi and is keenly interested in all matters relating to African wildlife and conservation. He is the author of the highly-praised 'A Handful of Hard Men: The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia' (Casemate 2015).


A Handful of Hard Men has me shaking with fury at our double standards where whites are concerned, and at the gauzy mythology of PC that has painted white Rhodesians as oppressors.
*The Spectator*

Focusing on the story of Captain Darrell Watt of the Rhodesian SAS, A Handful Of Hard Men recounts the trials and tribulations he and his team endured while resisting the forces of Robert Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo. Their story is nothing short of mind blowing - drinking their own urine and eating used teabags to survive when resupply missions failed. It's Impossible not to marvel at the bravery and determination of these soldiers – the term 'hard men' fails to do them justice..
*History of War Magazine 17/02/2016*

Wessels has produced an intimate study of rugged war that surpasses other publications of this era in its detail of the well-trodden path from Rhodesian schoolboy to soldier.

What we saw on the BBC TV news while all this was going on was the various meetings between Harold Wilson, his ministers and Ian Smith, who had declared independence for Rhodesia. We were unaware of what was actually taking place in the country... Hannes Wessels redresses the balance with an amazing tale of daring and courage.
*Books Monthly 17/02/2016*

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