Excerpt from Dingo Firestorm: The Greatest Battle of the Rhodesian Bush War by Ian Pringle
Namibiana Buchdepot have shared an extract from Dingo Firestorm by Ian Pringle.
In this excerpt Pringle hires a Hawker Hunter to simulate some of the fighting that took place in what was then known as Rhodesia.
Deploying virtually an entire air force (61 aircraft) over hostile foreign territory and dropping 184 troops to face an enemy numbering in the thousands in two bold attacks are what in essence make Operation Dingo such a remarkable story. It needed sound intelligence, excellent planning and bold decision-making to pull this operation off. The story that follows is, to the best of my knowledge, a fair and accurate account of what happened. It is primarily a story about people. To tell their story, I have interviewed a selection of key people involved in Dingo. I have also used a variety of sources, both published and unpublished, to bring authenticity to the story. Most of the text within quotation marks is what I have been told; the rest I have drawn from the battle log, autobiographies and previous accounts of the operation. In some cases, such as aircraft radio patter, I have assumed that standard radio language took place.