We Dared to Win

The SAS in Rhodesia

Hannes Wessels, Andre Scheepers

Action-packed account of a member of the celebrated Rhodesian SAS, who fought with incredible tenacity and ingenuity against overwhelming odds in the Rhodesian Bush War of the 1970s.
Publication date:
May 2018
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
32 pages of colour & b/w photos
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ISBN : 9781612005874

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• Plenty of action and exploits involving the Rhodesian SAS, acknowledged as one of the elite fighting forces of its time
• A strong central character, around which the action pivots
• Will build upon the success of A Handful of Hard Men (Casemate 2015)

In his own words Andre Scheepers describes his childhood on a farm, learning about the bush from his African friends, and becoming a soldier. The family had to leave the farm after being ambushed by terrorists.

A quiet, introspective, deep thinker Andre started out as a trooper in the Rhodesian Light Infantry commandos and was hectically engaged in Fire-Force combat operations before leaving for the SAS. Wounded 12 times, his operational record is exceptional even by the high standards that existed at the time and he really emerges as the quintessential SAS officer displaying extraordinary calmness and audacious cunning in the course of a host of extremely dangerous operations.

Loved by his men Andre, writes very eruditely about his mental and emotional condition during the war and reflects very candidly on what he learned and how war has shaped his life since. Offered a commission in the British SAS after the conflict he decided to stop soldiering and entered a seminary whereupon he became a minister.

In addition to Andre's personal story the book also reveals more about the other men who were distinguished operators in other celebrated SAS operations. This is the story of soldiers, the hardships, the battles they fought and the challenges they faced.


It is held here for the meticulous descriptions of the activities of the Rhodesian troops in Mozambique, almost always victorious, sometimes very far from the border.
Africana Studia