By Sean Rayment
"Afghanistan is rather like Iraq—hot, dusty, and entire of people that are looking to kill you."
SSgt Simon Fuller, Royal Engineer seek consultant Bomb Hunters tells the tale of the British army's elite bomb disposal specialists, males who face loss of life each day within the most deadly quarter of the main deadly state on earth—Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
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This was a time of South Africa’s new policy of détente. The freed nationalists travelled to Zambia, where the President, Kaunda, chose to ignore Mugabe, regarded by some nationalists as someone who had arrogantly and illegally upstaged Ndabaningi Sithole. Mugabe returned to Southern Rhodesia and went underground. In April 1975 Mugabe and Edgar Tekere trekked on foot out of the country to seek refuge in Mozambique. Samora Machel, the new revolutionary leader, was not entirely sure of the status of his new guests; they were placed in ‘protective custody’ – comfortable but restricted.
Anderson, had spoken out against talk of the ‘unconstitutional’ act of UDI. He had been ‘retired’ on the grounds of age. In 1965 only the Commissioner of Police was strongly for UDI; senior officers of the army and air force opposed the idea of resisting an armed British intervention. Rhodesian intelligence reported that only some middle-ranking officers of the RLI could be relied on to resist the British and that their (mainly South African) troops would follow suit. UDI was a gigantic bluff. While there is no doubt that an African rising would have been crushed, an invading British expeditionary force could have brought the swift collapse of the rebellion.
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Bomb Hunters: In Afghanistan with Britain's Elite Bomb Disposal Unit by Sean Rayment