Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar has opened up on the daunting images that continue to haunt him from his time with the Zimbabwean army.
Grobbelaar made over 400 appearances for Liverpool over a distinguished career but before making his name, he spent time on active National Service.
The former stopper fought during the Rhodesian Bush War and recalls 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," he reveals in his new book A Life In A Jungle, which is being serialised in the Mail on Sunday.
Grobelaar admits there are further distressing images ‘burnt into his memory’ from his time with the army.
Recalling a raid in Mozambique, the 60-year-old adds: "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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