On 23 November 1977, an armada of helicopters and aeroplanes took off from Rhodesian airbases and crossed the border into Mozambique. Their objective: to attack the headquarters of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, where thousands of enemy forces were concentrated. Codenamed Operation Dingo, the raid was planned to coincide with a meeting of Robert Mugabe and his war council at the targeted HQ. It would be the biggest conflict of the Rhodesian Bush War.
In this fascinating account, Ian Pringle describes the political and military backdrop leading up to the operation, and he tells the story of the battle through the eyes of key personalities who planned, led and participated in it. Using his own experience as a jet and helicopter pilot and skydiver, he recreates the battle in detail, explaining the performance of men and machines in the unfolding drama of events.
Dingo Firestorm is a fresh, gripping recreation of a major battle in southern African military history.
"What an amazing read. As an ex RLI and RR soldier during that war the book brought back so many memories. But more than that it is so well written that I could not put it down. So often historical books tend to be boring, but this one kept me riveted to the pages. Thank you Ian Pringle for not only a superb book but also for capturing forever some vital African and Rhodesian/Zimbabwean history."
- Jo van Tonder