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Roelf van Heerden decided at a young age that the vastness and unpredictability of the wild African outdoors were far superior to the confines of an office. With his sights set firmly on the next high ground, the next mountain range and the next mirage, he set off on his life's adventure as a soldier. A unique opportunity to break new military ground presented itself at the end of a most satisfying military career as an officer in the South African Defence Force, with Roelf's African odyssey continuing as an Executive Outcomes founder member and commander on the battlefields of Angola and Sierra Leone during the 1990s. It was on these savannahs and in these primeval forests that the interdependency among exceptional soldiers, fundamental to the achievement of great military deeds, surmounted the challenging odds that Roelf recollects in his unassuming style. Andrew Hudson majored in military history at the South Africa Military Academy and after two decades as an infantry officer in the South African Defence Force, ten of which were spent in the operational areas, he moved into the private sector. Still a soldier at heart he divides his time between earning an income, indulging his passion for collecting books on conflict in Africa, and road running in weird and wonderful locations. He is co-author of Four Ball, One Tracer: Commanding Executive Outcomes in Angola and Sierra Leone.