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Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100
      #337383 - 04/02/20 02:10 AM

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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 war. 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 still alive today.

Rest in Peace.

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: NitroX]
      #337384 - 04/02/20 02:19 AM

Read about his earlier this morning on a post off of FB...

thx for posting this

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: NitroX]
      #337402 - 04/02/20 07:27 AM

I have read most of his books. May he Rest In Peace.

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: Rule303]
      #337421 - 04/02/20 06:19 PM

I have all (?) of his books o audio book. If I remember rightly (?) they are even read by Hoare himself.

I am sure have posted on these books before and must have a look.

Amazing such a man with such experiences could live to 100!

A true gentleman adventurer.

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: NitroX]
      #337428 - 05/02/20 02:58 AM

May he rest in peace. Truly "The Last of a Breed".
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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: bwanabobftw]
      #337432 - 05/02/20 04:39 AM

Yes indeed, RIP Col. Mike.

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: Daryl_S]
      #337678 - 08/02/20 05:36 PM

RIP soldier.

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: Old_rifle_nut]
      #337864 - 12/02/20 04:07 PM

amazing, dont know he was still alive

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: lancaster]
      #337943 - 15/02/20 09:34 AM

The last of his kind.

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Re: Mad Mike Hoare dies at 100 [Re: rigbymauser]
      #337959 - 15/02/20 03:19 PM

He is in Valhalla.

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