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Recommendations for The War Diaries of André Dennison
Author: JRT Wood
Cape Town, 1989
Hardcover, dustjacket, 16x24 cm, 394 pages, numerous bw photos, maps, English
Die Kriegstagebücher des André Dennison beschreiben Alltag und Kampfeinsätze des Kommandeurs der Rhodesian African Rifles im rhodesischen Busch von 1975 bis zu seinem Tod 1979.
Major André Dennison, formerly of the British Paras and 22-SAS Regiment, became the first commanding officer of ‘A’ Company of the 2nd Battalion of the elite Rhodesian African Rifles.
That was on 1 October 1975 and he retained that command until he was killed in action on 3 June 1979.
His war diary, the only official one of any unit to survive the Rhodesian bush war, edited by Richard Wood, is a remarkable unique record of low intensity warfare in the African bush.
Major André Dennison wrote of the war as he had seen it. He would labour into the night over his diary, recording events while memories still jangled fresh in his mind.
There were reports of large fire force actions and of 2-RAR officers and men receiving bravery awards. And there were tersely worded Combined Operations HQ’s communiqués announcing deaths in action.
There was no diary entry recording Major André Dennison’s death in action in June 1979. It was the end of the diary.