Exploring the history of an acclaimed war veteran

2018-10-02 06:01
On the life and times of Lt Colonel Mike Hoare.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

On the life and times of Lt Colonel Mike Hoare.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

THE Friends of Kloof Library are hosting a talk on Lt Colonel Mike Hoare on Thursday September 27.

Lt. Colonel Mike Hoare became a household name in South Africa, Rhodesia, and Zambia in the 1960s and famous throughout the western world for crushing the bloody Simba communist rebellion in the Congo.

He headed five Commando, a strike force of 300 mercenaries who he dubbed the Wild Geese and who, amongst other missions, were pivotal in the rescue of surviving hostages from the Stanleyville massacre in 1964.

In 1981, Hoare became infamous when his attempt to overthrow the government of the Seychelles failed, and he and all his men were jailed.

Hoare was, in fact, an adventurer first and foremost, and Africa was his playground. Known as an officer and a gentleman, he was cultured and well read. Over the years he wrote five books about his many and varied experiences.

His son, Chris, is a journalist who has spent 12 years meticulously researching the abundance of information about his father’s life and has produced a fascinating biography of a man of an extraordinary time which has long passed.

Chris will speak to us about his biography, Mad Mike Hoare — The Legend, which promises to be an exciting and informative account of a true “legend” of Africa. The book will be on sale for R350.

Tickets are R35 for friends and R50 for the public. Please book at the Library 031 764 7543 and pay at the door. — Supplied.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.