Simon Mann – The Mercenary

Simon Francis Mann is a British mercenary and former British Army officer. He served part of a 34-year prison sentence in Equatorial Guinea for his role in a failed coup d’état in 2004, before receiving a presidential pardon on humanitarian grounds on 2 November 2009.


00:00 Trailer.
02:08 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
06:13 Brian’s introduction.
06:56 An amazing period in Simon Mann’s’ life, satisfying and great fun.
08:33 Executive Outcomes role in the civil war in Angola against UNITA.
16:08 What the term mercenary means to Simon.
23:38 Thoughts on Erik Prince’s proposal to privatise the military force in Afghanistan.
25:26 Simon’s involvement in both the Angola and Sierra Leone wars.
32:05 The United Nations were useless in both Angola and Sierra Leone.
33:57 US & UK governments ordered them home when their task was almost complete.
35:25 Diamond mining in Sierra Leone and the film Blood Diamond.
36:25 What Simon did and where he went after the two wars.
39:25 Stratagem for doing business in Africa.
42:28 How an old Etonian become an SAS officer and then an ex mercenary diamond mine executive.
46:57 No good memories of his first SAS term of active duty in Northern Ireland.
50:08 When you look at any soldier you have to look at his military childhood.
55:41 A move to South Africa with different interests, but Executive Outcomes ceases after S.A. FMA.
57:43 Supplying arms to Sierra Leone and the resulting scandal, then Papua New Guinea issue.
59:29 Simon advises against British involvement in Iraq invasion.
1:08:36 Why Simon chose a military career.
1:11:30 The networking value of being an old Etonian.
1:13:38 Simon leads the 2003 Equatorial New Guinea coup amid a story of convoluted world politics.
1:36:46 Simon’s arrest, mock execution and torture by Zimbabwean forces
1:42:13 Pushing time in Chikurubi Prison, Zimbabwe
1:53:21 Feared rendition to Equatorial New Guinea.
2:11:52 A story stranger than fiction.
2:22:31 How the years in prison affected Simon and his family after his release.
2:27:37 Does Simon have any regrets for the decisions he took.
2:29:02 Life for Simon now.
2:32:29 How the British public perceives him now.
2:34:17 What does Simon hope his obituary will say.
2:35:13 Simon still has an adventure in mind.
2:37:43 Simon’s opinion of what people should consider about possible future use of PMCs.
2:42:27 Phone call to the 20 year old Simon Mann.
2:44:26 Advice to the 20 year old listening across the world who wants to be in the army.
2:45:45 Best advice ever received.
2:47:40 Brian’s summing up.

Simon Mann links:
Simon Mann on Wikipedia
Simon Mann’s Book:
Cry Havoc

Topics discussed:
Special Air Service (SAS)
Vice Magazine
Executive Outcomes
Heritage Oil
Angolan Civil War
Gulf War
Sandline International
Academi (formerly Blackwater USA)
Scots Guards
Battle of Mirbat
Congo Crisis
Blood diamonds (conflict diamonds)
Blood Diamond (film)
Revolutionary United Front (RUF)
Peking to Paris
Delta Force
United States Navy SEALs
Charles Beckwith
Special Boat Service (SBS)
Brunei Revolt
Indonesia-Borneo confrontation
Northern Ireland Troubles
Aden Emergency
Bloody Sunday (film)
South African Financial Markets Act (FMA)
Papua New Guinea Defence Force mutiny
Sandline affair
Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt
Chikurubi Prison, Zimbabwe
Stockholm syndrome

People mentioned in this episode:
Tony Buckingham
Erik Prince
Eeben Barlow
Robert Friedland
Beny Steinmetz
Charles Beckwith
Sir Lachlan MacLean, 12th Baronet,_12th_Baronet
Erwin Rommel
Bernard Montgomery
Tim Spicer
David Hart
Richard Perle
Tony Blair
Ely Calil
Severo Moto Nsà
Mark Thatcher
Karim Fallaha
Gary Hersham