Blood Money

Stories of an ex-Recce’s Missions in Iraq

Johan Raath

An action-packed account of life as a private military contractor in Iraq, written with candour by an ex-South African Special Forces (recce) soldier.
Publication date:
June 2018
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
94 b/w photos & images, 8 maps
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ISBN : 9781612006611

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• A riveting, action-filled account that sheds light on the realities of working in a war-torn country
• Reflects the dangerous nature of the work, with descriptions of many hair-raising incidents in notorious badlands such as Ramadi and Basra
• Includes stories of bravery, humanity, humour and survival

‘I remember the cracking sound of the AK-47 bullets as they tore through our windscreen . . . A piece of bullet struck my bulletproof vest in the chest area and another piece broke off and lodged in my left forearm.'

Johan Raath and a security team were ambushed in May 2004 while on a mission to reconnoitre a power plant south of Baghdad for an American firm. He had been in the country for only two weeks. This was a taste of what was to come over the next few years as he worked as a private military contractor (PMC) in Iraq.

His mission? Not to wage war but to protect lives. Raath and his team provided security for engineers working on reconstruction projects in Iraq. Whether in the notorious Triangle of Death, in the deadly area around Ramadi or in the faction-ridden Basra, Raath had numerous hair-raising experiences.

Key to his survival was his training as a Special Forces operator, or Recce.

This riveting account offers a rare glimpse into the world of private military contractors and the realities of everyday life in one of the world's most violent conflict zones.


[Blood Money] is an absolutely riveting story that sheds light, and some degree of understanding, on the realities of working day in, day out, in a war-torn country. As always in stories of this kind, it includes tales of bravery, humanity, humour and survival.
PMCI Magazine