Bloodsong – Jim Hooper
The Rise and Fall of a Private Army
Executive Outcomes was the title of the most successful private army of modern times. in Angola, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea, it stepped in while the UN revealed itself as little more than a debating society. But the motives of this mercenary army are open to question: was it more interested in protecting Sierra Leone’s diamond mines than the people caught up in a savage guerrilla war? What was the reality of a private war in the closing part of the twentieth century?
Journalist Jim Hooper followed Executive Outcomes on operations all over Africa. Now he can reveal the incredible story of a well equipped mercenary army in action during the civil war in Angola between 1993 and 1995. The author was privileged to be able to interview many of the combatants themselves, and the recollections of these soldiers and pilots read more like film scripts. Did the ‘soldiers of fortune’ in this book fight for glory, money or simply excitement? Judge for yourself.