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Rino8805 Apr 2021 1:07 p.m. PST

I have seen Cocks'book Fire Force about Rhodesia often compared to All quiet on the western front. All quiet on the western front is a fiction book but I thought Fire Firce was historical, non fictional.Is it fiction or non fiction?

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2021 1:12 p.m. PST

Fireforce is a true story written by Chris Cocks based on his actual experiences. It is well worth the read and I highly recommend it.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2021 2:02 p.m. PST

Chris Cocks wrote a second book called Survival Course (also published under another title) that was written years later and picks up where Fireforce left off. He has quite an interesting life and it goes deeper into his personal struggles

Rino8807 Apr 2021 1:05 a.m. PST

Thanks. Sorry for the late reply but I had to wait the three new user days to post. Why is it then compared to All quiet on the western front? It seems weired to me too compare a work of fiction and a non fiction one. At the moment I am debating which one to get first, Fireforce or We dared to win. I am going to get them both eventually but modern history is not necessarily my first interest in history, even though I am certainly interested in rhodesian history.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP07 Apr 2021 8:18 a.m. PST

I believe the comparison is they both deal with a young man going to war. I have not read Dare to win, so I'm not really in a position to say which is better. That said, Fireforces deals with the RLI and they did most of the day to day fighting.

At the start of the pandemic, I ran a about 30 Fireforce missions – 3 sticks of RLI against 40 terrs. Is was great fun.

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