Bandit Mentality

Bandit Mentality

ISBN: 9781911512028

Author: Lindsay O'Brien

Publisher: Helion

Format: Paperback

Price: AUD $35.95
RRP: AUD $46.95

Bandit Mentality captures Lindsay 'Kiwi' O'Brien's Bush War service from 1976-1980 at the coalface of the Rhodesian conflict. Starting in the BSA Police Support Unit, the police professional anti-terrorist battalion, he served across the country as a section leader and a troop commander before joining the UANC political armies as trainer and advisor. Much has been written about the Army's elite units, but Support Unit's war record was mainly unknown during the conflict, and has faded into obscurity afterwards. Support Unit started poorly supplied and equipped, but the caliber of the men, mostly African, was second-to-none. Support Unit specialized in the "grunt" work inside Rhodesia with none of the flamboyant helicopter or cross-border raids carried out by the army. O'Brien's war was primarily within selected tribal lands, seeking out and destroying terrorist units in brisk close range battles with little to no support. O'Brien moved from the police to working with the initial UANC deployment in the Zambezi Valley where the poorly trained recruits were delivered into the terrorist lair. They had to learn fast or die. O'Brien's account is a foreign-born perspective from a junior commander uninterested in promotion and the wrangling of upper command. He was decorated and wounded three times.

Book Title: Bandit Mentality
Publisher: Helion
Title Release: August 2017
ISBN: 9781911512028
Author: Lindsay O'Brien
Format: Paperback
About the Author: The author was born and raised in New Zealand, joining the NZ Army at 16 in order to run away from home. Afterwards, he roamed around Queensland Australia on construction sites before heading off to London via Johannesburg. In South Africa he stopped over and hitchhiked around before heading up to Rhodesia, and subsequently found work managing a tobacco farm. The farm lay inside the war zone and two years later, after several incidents, he joined the BSA Police where he was involved in the fighting between the government forces and nationalist insurgents until the ceasefire in December 1979. He was awarded the highest police gallantry award. Subsequently, he has mined in Tasmania, rose to senior management in a retail chain in Queensland and Victoria and has been running his own businesses for the past 20 years in Queensland. Currently he is writing and running a small business in Queensland.

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