“- I also want to go fishing, Uncle Aliu!
You cannot, Abdulai, because it’s dangerous.
Uncle, I’m not afraid of the crocodiles!
You know, now there aren’t just crocodiles,
There are also the colonialists who drop bombs on the canoes,
[but] I cannot fear the crocodiles or the bombs.
This is my mission, as a militant of our Party.”
Thus opens the introduction of book, in the aptly named Introduction: Crocodiles and Bombs. Each chapter opens with a great quote that ties in with the chapter name – kudos to the authors for this additional nice touch. This book, while it covers Portugal’s war in Guinea (now Guinea Bissau, and not to be confused with the Republic of Guinea) is primarily focused on the Portuguese Air Force (Força Aérea Portuguesa-FAP) in its operations in Guinea supporting the counter-insurgency.