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    "Mad" Mike Hoare passes

    Colonel Thomas Michael "Mad Mike" Hoare has passed away in a Durban care facility today. He died peacefully in his sleep, aged 100.

    His fascinating career started as an enlisted soldier with the London Rifles at the outbreak of World War Two. He'd quickly commission into the 2nd Reconnaissance Regiment. As a young officer, he would serve during some of the fight during the Arakan Campaign and the Battle of Kohima in the Far East. His skills as a military leader found him later employment during the Congo Crisis in the 1960s. He was employed by the breakaway state of Katanga to lead a mercenary unit known as 4 Commando against Congolese and UN forces. After the collapse of Katanga, the Congolese National Army incorporated Hoare and his mercenaries as 5 Commando, nicknamed the "Wild Geese" after the Irish mercenaries of the thre 17th ad 18th centuries. 5 Commando would be responsible for saving untold scores of civilians during murderous Simbas. Under Hoare's leadership, they also assisted Belgian paratroopers, CIA mercenaries, and Cuban exile pilots during Operation Dragon Rouge, where successfully rescued 1,600 civilians from Stanleyville. In his own words, the goal of 5 Commando was to "strike a blow to rid the Congo of the greatest cancer the world has ever known—the creeping, insidious disease of communism." Hoare's mercenary career ended with the dramatic failure of a coup attempt against the socialist government of Seychelles. He was released after 33 months in prison before his release. In his latter years, he become a movie consultant and prolific writer. He had a notable production credit as an advisor in the legendary 1978 film "The Wild Geese".

    In life, he was a yachtsman, motorcyclist, safari guide, hiker soldier, mercenary commander and a chartered accountant to boot. He was one of the last adventurers and gentleman mercenaries, as well as a legend among the contracting industry.
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    Did some work in the Seychelles and heard some stories about him. He had a "full life"!

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    Interesting character for sure! I thought he was long gone.
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    Thanks for putting that up! he was a legend. He was working in Africa the same time I was working there just in a different part. What a guy. You know he had to be good to keep a handle on that group of mercenaries he commanded. They were definitely not genteel lambs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airmedic6 View Post
    Thanks for putting that up! he was a legend. He was working in Africa the same time I was working there just in a different part. What a guy. You know he had to be good to keep a handle on that group of mercenaries he commanded. They were definitely not genteel lambs!
    The Colonel had a set of rules, And beyond that he tolerated no nonsense and was a pretty strict disciplinarian. In one account one of the men under his hire had committed the murder of a civilian, he convened a court martial and the man was convicted and shot. IIRC in another instance one of the fellows ended up with a round in his buttocks as punishment for a severe transgression.
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    The ORIGINAL "Wild Goose." And I'll bet the movie wasn't even close to his real LIFE exploits, even though he was an on-set advisor to the production.



    Richard Burton (right) starred as Colonel Allen Faulkner, a thinly veiled version of Hoare, in adventure movie The Wild Geese alongside Roger Moore (left). Centre: Hoare accepted an invitation to act as ‘technical adviser’ to the film
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