theworksautodetailingandreconditioning.com/wp-content/map13.php His son Chris Hoare wrote a biography on Mike Hoare's life of derring do. Hoare was born in British India  and was educated in England. He was promoted to the rank of major. After the war, he trained as a chartered accountant , qualifying in Mike Hoare led two separate mercenary groups during the Congo Crisis. Mike Hoare's first mercenary action was in in Katanga , a province trying to break away from the newly independent Republic of the Congo.
His unit was called "4 Commando". The unit's mission was to fight a revolt known as the Simba rebellion. Later Hoare and his mercenaries worked in concert with Belgian paratroopers , Cuban exile pilots, and CIA-hired mercenaries who attempted to save 1, civilians mostly Europeans and missionaries in Stanleyville from the Simba rebels in Operation Dragon Rouge. This operation saved many lives. Hoare commanded 5 Commando from July to November Speaking on the conflict, he said, "I had wanted nothing so much as to have 5 Commando known as an integral part of the ANC, a 5 Commando destined to strike a blow to rid the Congo of the greatest cancer the world has ever known—the creeping, insidious disease of communism.
Later, Hoare wrote his own account of 5 Commando's role in the s Congo mercenary war, originally titled Congo Mercenary  and much later repeatedly republished in paperback simply as Mercenary subtitled "The Classic Account of Mercenary Warfare". In the mids, Hoare was hired as technical adviser for the film The Wild Geese , the fictional story of a group of mercenary soldiers hired to rescue a deposed African president.
The military option was decided in Washington, D. Associates of Mancham contacted Hoare, then in South Africa as a civilian resident, to fight alongside fifty-three other mercenary soldiers, including ex- South African Special Forces Recces , former Rhodesian soldiers, and ex- Congo mercenaries. In order for the plan to work, he disguised the mercenaries as a rugby club, and hid AKs in the bottom of his luggage, as he explained in his book The Seychelles Affair :.
We were a Johannesburg beer-drinking club.
We met formally once a week in our favourite pub in Braamfontein. We played Rugby. Once a year we organised a holiday for our members. We obtained special charter rates. Last year we went to Mauritius. In the best traditions of the original AOFB we collected toys for underprivileged kids and distributed them to orphanages I made sure the toys were as bulky as possible and weighed little.
Rugger footballs were ideal. These were packed in the special baggage above the false bottom to compensate for the weight of the weapon. The fighting started prematurely when one of Hoare's men accidentally got in the "something to declare" line and the customs officer insisted on searching his bag. The rifles were well-concealed in the false-bottomed kitbags but the rifle was found and the customs man, running from the scene, sounded the alarm.
One of Hoare's men pulled his own, disassembled AK from the concealed compartment in the luggage, assembled it, loaded it and shot the escaping customs man before he could reach the other side of the building. The plan for the coup proceeded despite this set-back with one team of Hoare's men attempting to capture a barracks. Fighting ensued at the airport and in the middle of this, an Air India jet Air India Boeing aircraft Flight , landed at the airport, damaging a flap on one of the trucks strewn on the runway.
Hoare managed to negotiate a ceasefire before the aircraft and passengers were caught in the crossfire. After several hours, the mercenaries found themselves in an unfavorable position and some wanted to depart on the aircraft, which needed fuel. Hoare conceded and the captain of the aircraft allowed them on board after Hoare had found fuel for the aircraft. Summary: Due to its cheap price, this is probably worth your time. It is an unusual story, by an unusual man in an unusual conflict.
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If so, why? Anyone interested in African "Bush" Wars or counterinsurgency in general should read Hoare's works. Congo Mercenary provides detailed accounts of the campaigns and politics of his years in the Congo in the early to mids. Hoare's storytelling is conversational, and while his ideals may seem outdated his observations are acute. What did you like best about this story? Hoare's descriptions of his leadership and how he developed 5 Commando into a fighting unit. How does this one compare?
Congo Mercenary is the most action-packed and detailed of Hoare's works. It goes into detail about the planning and execution of all of the campaigns that Hoare participated in.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? It was excellent, and I will be returning to it again. There's also a great portrait of a young Mobutu, on the verge of seizing power in the Congo. So many of the portraits of Mobutu have been of the aging strong-man desperately holding onto power, this was an interesting contrast. Interesting listen for those with an interest in the African Brush Wars of the 60s. The book covered a lot of ground and was often a little light on operational specifics. But, that very well could have been because there were few operational specifics.
Narrated by Colonel Hoare himself Irish with a bit of Afrikaans thrown in which made clarity a challenge. Africa was high adventure for those participating.
Read by the author, which is cool, but it's also obvious he's not as good a narrator as he is a soldier. The subtle English emotion goes straight to heart in spite of a stoic performance by the man who lived it. Fast moving and heartfelt. This must be the closest type of adventure to buccaneering in the last century! Well told.
Book Description Paladin Press. Jason rated it really liked it Jul 21, This review has two parts: comments on the story told by the book, and then comments about the book itself. First one, then the other fired their submachineguns at his back. Stephen Hills rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Susan Morton rated it really liked it Jun 03, Captain Bottu nodded assent.
I found this book by a mercenary to be well written and narrated. This book shows a person who is loyal, ethical and quite intelligent. Probably more the norm than Hollywood's depiction of blood thirsty mercenaries. The campaign of 18 months was interesting to read about the efforts to force out Russian and Chinese sponsored communists insurgents trying to gain a foot hold in the Congo from adjacent countries.
A complex series of battles launched on the lake beaches to land operations. If you like military stories this a good one. Great account of the rebel war. Really enjoyed it. A great introduction of how Mobutu came into power as well. What did you love best about Congo Mercenary? He is a great spinner of tales!!! What was one of the most memorable moments of Congo Mercenary? A point when a Belgian mercenary who had given Col. Hoare trouble before was convicted of murdering a young boy of the Simba Rebel group. When the colonel realized what had happened and who had committed the murder, he "dispatched him from this world" immediately!!!!
Have not listened to any of his other recordings, but will look for them now. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? His tears even though he was a hard fighting man of war.
This happens many times in the book. A great story all around. I assume that this is the sanitised version of what really happened and has been somewhat romantically described. Superbly narrated, this is a genuinely fascinating account of events in the Congo, during a time of massive civil unrest and upheaval. A detailed account of the plight of the Congolese, and the events of the mercenary force and their fight with the communist backed rebels.
The author is quite full of himself and his own achievements while apparently unconcerned about the killing of innocent people and looting civilian properties. There surely would be a strong case to prosecute him with war crimes. Excellent book, great to hear it read by the man himself. An interesting eye opener on some of the more recent events in African history.
Your audiobook is waiting…. Congo Mercenary. By: Mike Hoare. Narrated by: Mike Hoare. Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins. People who bought this also bought Gillies Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins Unabridged Overall. Publisher's Summary Col. Critic Reviews "This well-written and well-illustrated book gives an accurate and useful account of the military response to the [Congolese] rebellion.
What members say Average Customer Ratings Overall. Amazon Reviews. Sort by:. Most Helpful Most Recent. Michael Richards Incredible detail on a little known subject Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? Luke Piazza Interesting story Read by the author, which is cool, but it's also obvious he's not as good a narrator as he is a soldier.