Dingo Firestorm by Ian Pringle
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.
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Five Star Review on Amazon By Arthur Blaquiere
An excellent, well researched and easy to read book on an important event in the Rhodesian – Zimbawe conflageration. It is a shame that operation quartz didn’t happen, the world would have been spared another of the ilk of Stalin and Hitler.
About the Author
Ian Pringle lived and worked in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) as an industrial chemist. He was later drafted into the Police Reserve Air Wing as a pilot during the Rhodesian Bush War and was involved in numerous enemy contacts.
Pringle received his MBA in the United Kingdom and spent his career working for Castrol International and BP, mostly in Asia and Europe. He has always had a passion for being in the air, and obtained a commercial pilot license to fly helicopters and ex-military fast jets, and he has completed over 1 500 free-fall parachute jumps.
In 2004, after he retired to Cape Town, South Africa, Pringle (and his two Cold War jets) teamed up with the aircraft company Thunder City. Now, he flies Hawker Hunters, Buccaneers and other aerobatic aircraft.
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