Bob Denard Biography

Military Leader (1929–2007)
Bob Denard was a mercenary who participated in roughly 20 coups (or attempted coups) and civil wars across postcolonial Africa and other regions.


Born in 1929, Bob Denard was a freelance soldier, a mercenary, who participated in approximately 20 coups or attempted coups in Angola, Benin, Congo, Gabon, Nigeria, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and Zaire, as well as in Iran and Yemen. He was twice (1993 and 2006) convicted in a French court, but in both cases he received a suspended sentence.

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