Mike Hoare

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(Soldier, Mercenary)
Mike Hoare.jpg
Born17 March 1919
British India
Died02 February 2020 (Age 100)
SpousePhyllis Sims
Perpetrator ofSeychelles/1981 coup attempt
Interests • Military
• Mercenary
• Chindits
A British Army Soldier and later an infamous Mercenary with numerous exploits to his name.

Michael "Mike" Thomas Bernard Hoare (a.k.a. 'Mad Mike') was a British Army Soldier and mercenary who was involved in numerous conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, with the the cooperation of the CIA, especially in the Congo.

He died at home in the UK in 2020, at age 100 [1]


Hoare was born in British India[2] and was educated in England. In World War II, he fought the Japanese in Burma as an officer Long Range Penetration Group, the British India special forces known as the Chindits, under Brigadier Bernard Fergusson.[3]

After the war, he trained as a chartered accountant, qualifying in 1948.[4]


Hoare subsequently emigrated to Durban, Natal Province in the Union of South Africa, where he later ran safaris and became a soldier-for-hire in various African countries.


Mike Hoare's first mercenary action was in 1961 in Katanga, a Belgian attempt to establish a puppet breakaway state led by Moise Tshombe from the newly independent Republic of the Congo. His unit was called "4 Commando". During this time he married Phyllis Sims, an airline stewardess.

Congolese Affair

Numerous "Presidential Daily Briefings" (PDB) contain the exploits of Colonel Mike Hoare and were read solely by the President of the United States at the time (now declassified). This lays claim that there is no doubt the CIA was using Mike and "5 Commando" (Mercenary) to fight the Rebels in the Congo during 1964-1965.

After a regime change in Congo where Patrice Lumumba got killed and Moise Tshombe came to power, it faced a new crisis in 1964 when rebels, with Communist support from amongst others Che Guevara, rebelled against the mismanagement of the central government in Léopoldville. Hoare was again hired in, and recruited and trained 500 German, Italian, Greek, Belgian, Rhodesian and South African mercenaries, each paid $364 to $1,100 a month, to lead Congolese forces against the rebels.

Rip Robertson was the CIA man (from the Bay of Pigs) tasked to back up Mike during his exploits to insure Mike was successful which adds even more credence to Mike's CIA loose affiliation[5] [6]. Rip and a band of 17 heavily armed Cuban expatriates[7] supported Mike against the Congolese Rebels during 1964/65. Mike highly praised his CIA (Including Rip Robertson) and CIA backed Cuban fellow fighters[8] on their exploits and fierce fighting ability.

Selected Relevant Presidential Daily Briefings - PDB's

The below presidential daily briefings provide evidence that Hoare was CIA-affiliated.

1981 Seychelles coup d'état attempt

Full article: 1981 Seychelles coup attempt

Hoare organized a group of mercenaries who in 1981 on behalf of the South African government infiltrated the Seychelles disguised as a beer-tasting team, and who attempted a coup d'état [9]


An event carried out

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