The Legend of Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Hoare

I remember reading Congo Mercenary while deployed many moons back.

This guy was the stuff of legend.

Europe Renaissance

Mercenary ‘Mad Mike’ Hoare (1919-2022) was perhaps the best-known of the European mercenaries who fought in the Congo Crisis (1960-1965).  Born to Irish parents in Calcutta he was educated in England. A rarity for mercenaries who spend their lives on the frontlines, Hoare, at 101 years old seemingly benefited from the unstinting devotion of a very special and caring guardian angel. A veteran of numerous conflicts, Mike Hoare earned his spurs as an officer in the London Irish Rifles.

What does an army captain do when World War II becomes history? He becomes a chartered accountant of course. When led by Europeans prosperous and peaceful South Africa was a magnet for many disenchanted Britons. Mike Hoare was no exception. The amiable demobbed Brit set up a charted accountant’s business in South Africa.

As a South African citizen, Mike Hoare combined his sense of adventure and soldierly know-how to organise safaris…

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Know Your WW1 Weapon’s History: The Flammenwerfer

Flammenwefer — World War I German Flamethrowers

 

It appears the first flamethrower of modern design was patented in Germany by Richard Fiedler in 1901. During the same year, the German army funded his continued work on flamethrower designs. Fiedler, a private citizen, designed several flamethrowers models and presented a working product to the German army in 1905. Based on the feedback he received, two versions of the flammenwerfer were delivered to the army in 1908.

Around the same time, a multi-talented man by the name of Bernhard Reddemann began his own experiments in designing flamethrowers. Reddeman was an officer in a German Pioneer battalion until 1903. At that time, he transitioned to a reserve officer and stayed in a Pioneer unit. Pioneers were specialist troops frequently responsible for the demolition of fortifications, engineering strong points and using specialized weapons.

 

 

The History of Irregular Warfare (Six-Part Series)

H/T WRSA

 

Irregular Warfare Six-Part Series

 

Superb series I recommend you put on your Reference flash drive.

While you are it, Guide to the Analysis of an Insurgency is also worth downloading.

Arm Up, Read Up and Train and Prepare Accordingly.

Know Your WW1 History: Steering a Steam Roller – The German Invasion of France in 1914

Steering a Steamroller

 

Bear in mind the German’s did this operation TWICE.

Once in 1914 with infantry and again in 1940 with tanks and infantry (Blitzkrieg) which only took 46 days.

What a difference 26 years makes.

 

 

Boers, Beans, Bullets and Bear Soup

Boers, Beans, Bullets, and Bear Soup – Parts  1 & 2

 

Nifty two part series on the history, tactics and arms of the Boers.

Note: Although I disagree with many of the author’s opinions regarding rifle and caliber choices, as I have grown older I have found the best advice to new shooters is to find what works for you, ie what you can shoot accurately, reliably and consistently.

After that, go TRAIN and after that, go TRAIN somebody else!

Remember: The most Dangerous thing in the world is a Well Trained Rifleman, so get out there and GET AFTER IT!