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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

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Operation Savannah entered the annals of South African military tradition four decades ago. Though there have been several books published about this 'bare bones' strike force that marched almost unimpeded a quarter of the way across the African continent, few are aware of the significant role played during the course of these hostilities by a fragmented Bushman unit led by one of the most enigmatic personalities to emerge in uniform since the end of World War II.
Until now, Colonel Delville Linford has had very little to say about his role as commander of Combat Group Alpha, or of that played by his Bushmen soldiers. In this volume he allows us a peek under the covers, not only how this tiny combat force operated, but also many 'behind the screens' machinations which explain how the unit was formed.
Following the independence of Angola from Portugal, a significant segment of that country's Bushman community crossed the border into what was then still South West Africa - Namibia today - and sought refuge with the South Africans. He goes on to tell us a lot about the Bushman people themselves: the nature of their society, tribal traditions, bush-craft, customs that have become ingrained with time, historical fears, life in the wild, tracking - as well as much else about a historical culture that goes back millennia. Together with many of Colonel Linford's empathetic observations of these intriguing 'little' people, all go towards making for a rather fascinating read.
A hallmark volume with an introduction by General Constand Viljoen, Colonel Linford offers us - for the first time - his own 'warts and all' report, not only of the legendary 31 Battalion but also of his career in the South African Army.
Cmdt Delville Linford was die South African Army's last liaison officer at Serpa Pinto, from April 1973 to July 1974. Because of his knowledge of Angola and its people, he was tasked by Brigadier Constand Viljoen to establish a base in the western Caprivi to accommodate, equip and train these Bushman soldiers so that they could help to protect the South West African border against Swapo. With the help of six national servicemen and 39 black troops, Linford established Camp Alpha. Combat Group Alpha participated in Operation Savannah from October 1975 to January 1976, after which the company was named 31 Battalion and operated in south-east Angola and Zambia.

AL J. VENTER, now living in the UK, has written over 40 war books, including Allah's Bomb, Iran's Nuclear Option, and Iraqi War Debrief, War Dog: Fighting Other People's Wars, Barrel of a Gun: A War Correspondent's Misspent Moments in Combat, War Stories by Al J. Venter and Friends, Gunship Ace - The Wars of Neall Ellis, Helicopter Pilot and Mercenary and African Stories by Al J. Venter and Friends.
Publication date: 2015-10-01
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9781485300403

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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Not everybody is aware that the ships that rounded our coast over the past five centuries are as closely linked to the history of South Africa as gold and diamonds. They were treasures then, they are all treasures today. The difference is that about 3000 ships were lost rounding the Cape of Good Hope, some centuries ago on their way to and from the Spice Islands of the East.
It has taken a rare brand of adventurer to discover the undersea locations of many of them and Al Venter and his friends detail their activities. These range from the earliest Portuguese sailing ships to more contemporary disasters like the sinking of the liner Oceanos off the Wild Coast a few decades ago. Venter has been diving for half a century, so he has a story or two of his own to relate...
Contributors venture much further afield and chapters on a Roman galley sunk off a Tunisian island, a Portuguese Nao that went down in Mombasa harbour, the tragedy of the Royal Navy troopship HMS Birkenhead - where the phrase 'women and children first' was first used and left its legacy in the annals of maritime history are included.
The first chapter is arguably the most interesting, the discovery in 2013 of the submarine HMS Otus, which lies at 110 metres off Durban. The author also tells us about diving on an old ship, a former Royal Navy Loch Class frigate, the SAS Transvaal. She now lies on the bottom of False Bay.
This book covers scores of shipwrecks - East Indiamen, warships from before and after the Napoleonic era, nineteenth-century steamships, trawlers, some modern freighters that courted disaster, whalers and a handful that has never been properly identified.
Publication date: 2015-01-01
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  History & Politics South Africa / Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Afrika
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Al Venter regards himself an African a white African, but as much a part of the fascinating and often troubled continent on which he was born as his Zulu and Swahili speaking contemporaries. There is no country in Africa that he has not visited. During his half-century career as a foreign correspondent, working for media outlets on four continents, he has given his version of unfolding events from many of them, for, inter alia, Britain s Jane s Information Group, the 'Daily Express' and 'Daily Mail' of London, United Press International, Geneva s 'Interavia,' the BBC, SABC, NBC (radio), as well as scores of magazines.His love for Africa stems in part from his childhood. At the age of 14 - while on vacation in what was then still Northern Rhodesia - he hitched-hiked back to boarding school in Johannesburg in a race with his schoolmates who travelled by train. And he won. Seven years later, after completing three-years in the navy, he explored East Africa and ended up in Mombasa in Kenya and cadged a lift on a freighter to Canada. Then, after qualifying professionally in London, he travelled overland through West Africa all the way to London. Along the way he met many notables including Ghana s Kwame Nkrumah and the man who hosted Graham Greene at his derelict hotel in Liberia then all but an American colony, where the greenback was the official currency as well as the great Dr Albert Schweitzer. The author spent a week at his jungle clinic at Lambarane in Gabon.Venter includes many of these adventures in this new book. He also delves into some of his military adventures and has invited several of his old colleagues to add some of their thoughts to this bundle of travel, adventure and excitement to create a remarkable insight to a continent that that, though briefly tamed by Europe, was never really subjugated. In that anomaly too, there lies many a stirring yarn.
Publication date: 2013-11-01
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

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A former South African Air Force pilot who saw action throughout the region from the 1970s on, Neall Ellis is the best-known mercenary combat aviator alive. Apart from flying Alouette helicopter gunships in Angola, he has fought in the Balkan War (for Islamic forces), tried to resuscitate Mobutu's ailing air force during his final days ruling the Congo, flew Mi-8s for Executive Outcomes, and thereafter an Mi-8 fondly dubbed 'Bokkie' for Colonel Tim Spicer in Sierra Leone. Finally, with a pair of aging Mi-24 Hinds, Ellis ran the Air Wing out of Aberdeen Barracks in the war against Sankoh's vicious RUF rebels. For the past two years, as a 'civilian contractor,' Ellis has been flying helicopter support missions in Afghanistan, where, he reckons, he has had more close shaves than in his entire previous four-decades put together.
Publication date: 2012-04-01
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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

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Neall Ellis who flew helicopter gunships against the rebels in Sierra Leone and is currently flying support missions in Russian Mi-8s in Afghanistan, Al Venter going into combat with a bunch of South African 'Parabats' in a strike against enemy positions in Angola (where he was subsequently wounded), Mike Hoare's aborted invasion of the Seychelles a quarter of a century ago, an American mercenary in Iraq as well as a United States Navy rescue mission in Somalia are among more than 30 chapters that appear in this new book due out early 2011.
Publication date: 2011-06-01

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