Gentlemen, permit me to inform you that I just received a free, autographed copy of the aforementioned book direct from the Lord of War himself, Colonel Eeben Barlow.
The 552-page book looks to be a gauarantee of compelling reading and covers the entire career as a career army officer and leading operative of the expeditionary Private Military Company, Executive Outcomes which is by far the most acclaimed PMC ever to have emerged from Africa.
Believe me, I have not even started reading the well-illustrated book which chronicles Eeben’s career from the time of his enlistment in 1974 through to a stellar performance under the famed 32 Battalion of the defunct South African Defence Force, a unit which created a fearsome operational reputation for itself in counterinsurgency operations inside Namibia and Angola, squaring off against the Cuban-Angolan-SWAPO alliance. The multisided Eeben served as a Special Forces officer and with combat engineer, military intelligence and reconnaissance units during his professional career,
The book itself is filled with vivid photographs of military operations undertaken across Africa and in Papua New Guinea.
I have to say that I did not realise that EO actually built up a decent arsenal. As we speak, I am looking at photos of Executive Outcomes personnel and equipment in Angola and can see Mi-17 helicopters, ZPU-2 14.5mm AA guns, BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Pilatus PC-7 aircraft used for bombing and strafing, a T54 tank, a DAF truck on which a twin 23mm AA gun system was mounted and used for ground support…in much the same way as the Nigerian Army used quad-barreled 23mm Shilka SPAAG during the ECOMOG years. I can also see a Ural truck towing a D30 122mm artillery system.
For Sierra Leone photos, I can see Mi-8/Mi-17/Mi-24 helicopters crewed by Executive Outcomes pilots, a LandRover with a 14.5mm HMG, a Cessna 337 spotter aircraft, an 81mm mortar crew and a BMP-2 rolling through the jungle.
Eeben and/or Executive Outcomes saw action or had interests in South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Uganda,Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
The book promises to be a complete and all-action war diary of Eeben Barlow and of the Executive Outcomes PMC. It is available on the online bookstore,AMAZON.
Gentlemen, I just found gold. Lots of pleasurable reading for me in the days ahead.