Former Liverpool and Warriors goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar says he is still haunted by the incidents that occurred during his time in the Rhodesian army.
Grobbelaar who made over 400 appearances for Liverpool over a distinguished career spent time on active National Service where he took part in the Second Chimurenga (Rhodesian Bush War).
According to Daily Mirror, a UK newspaper, the 60-year-old revealed in his new book, A Life In A Jungle, the time he was first forced to shoot and kill a member of the opposition.
“I still remember the first time I had to kill someone. I can still see his eyes. I looked at him, my pulse pounding in my ears and the first thing I had to do was just pull the trigger then drop. I felt nothing but relief that I shot him before he shot me,” Grobbelaar said.
Grobelaar admits there are further distressing images ‘burnt into his memory’ from his time with the army.
Recalling a raid in Mozambique, he said: “We found out they were burrowing and had to come out somewhere and we worked out that was on the Pafuri River. We called for air strikes. They came and dropped the bombs in the river and killed them.
“We had to go into the river to get the bodies out, to see how many people had been killed. But their corpses attracted crocodiles so while we were taking them up the river, we had to put our guns under and shoot at the crocodiles.”
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