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9780624054191

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In Pompie van der Westhuizen se plaaskombuis buite Tsumeb het die skote nooit geklap nie. Maar die oomblik wanneer sy agter haar weermagradio's ingeskuif het, het die Grensoorlog om haar begin woed.

Hierdie aangrypende boek vertel die ware verhaal van die boeregemeenskap van die sogenaamde Driehoek van die Dood in Suidwes en hoe hulle by die oorlog ingetrek is. Swapo-insurgente het die land jaarliks deur dié gebied binnegesypel om sagte teikens aan te val.

Deon Lamprecht herskep die gebeure om 'n Swapo-hinderlaag in die gebied met 'n onmiddellikheid wat jou aan die keel gryp. Hy beskryf dit vanuit die perspektief van kommandant Roland de Vries, bevelvoerder van 61 Meg, die burgerlike vrywilligers en tannie Pompie, wie se man en skoonseun in die hinderlaag was.

'n Spannende en diep menslike storie wat wys daar is geen wenners in 'n oorlog nie.
Publication date: 2017-10-13
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9781770223974

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The soldiers of 32 Battalion were so feared by their enemies that they were called 'the terrible ones'. This comprehensive two-volume work covers in detail the unit's 117 documented military operations from 1976 to 1993. Nortje explains how the operations were planned and executed, what went wrong, what went right, and what the outcomes were. It also goes back to the early 1960s, covering events in Angola that would eventually result in the formation of 32 Battalion, and it ends in 2005, when the soldiers of the unit unknowingly betrayed themselves.
Publication date: 2017-10-13
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9781868427482

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Charlie Squadron - the iron fist of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group (61 Mech) - led the way on 3 October 1987 during the climactic battle between the South African Defence Force and the Angolan forces on the Lomba River in southern Angola. Ratels on the Lomba places the reader in the midst of the squadron of young conscripts who were taken off to the Border War to fight in this battle. Not only were they up against a vastly superior Angolan force in terms of numbers and weaponry, but they also had to deal with a terrain so dense that their sight was severely impaired and their movement restricted. Also, even though SADF tactical doctrine clearly stated that tanks had to be countered by tanks, these conscripts had to take on the Angolan tanks in armoured cars with inferior low-velocity guns and thin armour, designed to keep out nothing more than small-arms fire. Yet, during the battle on the Lomba the 47 Brigade of the Angolan forces was nearly wiped out. This blow-by-blow account of a David vs. Goliath battle takes the reader to the heart of the action. It is honestly told and vividly described, thanks to interviews with veterans and diary entries that help to recreate the drama of the battle. It is also an intensely human story of how individuals react in the face of death and how the war never left them, even when they returned home.
Publication date: 2017-07-01
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9781868427505

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Op 3 Oktober 1987 het Charlie-eskadron - die ystervuis van 61 Gemeganiseerde Bataljongroep - die kritieke geveg tussen die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag en die Angolese magte op die Lombarivier in die suide van Angola gelei. Dié boek plaas die leser in die midde van die groep jong dienspligtiges wat na die Grensoorlog weggevoer is om hierdie geveg te gaan voer.
Op die Lomba het hulle nie net te staan gekom teen 'n Angolese mag met 'n getalsoorwig en beter wapentuig nie, maar ook teen 'n terrein wat so dig bebos was dat hul sig en beweging aansienlik ingeperk is. Die SAW se taktiese doktrine het duidelik gestel dat tenks teen tenks aangewend moes word. Tog moes die dienspligtiges die Angolese tenks aanvat in pantservoertuie met minder kragtige kanonne en dun pantser wat nie veel meer as gewone geweervuur kon afweer nie. Steeds is 47 Brigade van die Angolese magte amper uitgewis tydens die geveg op die Lomba. Scholtz se beskrywing van hierdie David teen Goliath geveg neem die leser na die hart van die aksie.
Danksy onderhoude met veterane en dagboekinskrywings dra hierdie eerlike, intense hervertelling die volle drama van die geveg oor. Dit is ook 'n diep menslike verhaal oor hoe individue reageer in die aangesig van die dood.
Publication date: 2017-07-01
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9781868428328

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It is September 1987. The Angolan Army - with the support of Cuban troops and Soviet advisors - has built up a massive force on the Lomba River near Cuito Cuanavale in southern Angola. Their goal? To capture Jamba, the headquarters of the rebel group Unita, supported by the South African Defence Force (SADF) in the so-called Border War.
In the battles that followed, and shortly thereafter centred around the small town of Cuito Cuanavale, 3 000 SADF soldiers and 8 000 Unita fighters were up against a much bigger Angolan and Cuban force of over 50 000 men.

Thousands of soldiers died in the vicious fighting that is described in vivid detail in this book. Bridgland pieced together this account through scores of interviews with SADF men who were on the front line. This dramatic retelling takes the reader to the heart of the action.
Publication date: 2017-06-01
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9781775842019

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In this companion volume to the highly successful Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa , the pivotal sieges that characterised the Cape Frontier, Anglo-Zulu, Basotho and Anglo-Boer wars are brought together in one volume. Accounts of 17 sieges over the last two centuries explore in detail the historical context in which they occurred, the day-to-day military actions that sustained the investments and the conditions both soldiers and civilians faced while defending their territory against a hostile force.

The siege descriptions are animated by maps where possible, and a variety of information boxes and human-interest stories, gleaned mainly from diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts; long-form features focus on the practical aspects of siege warfare, such as artillery, medicine, food, and the psychological effects of besiegement. The book also provides practical information for visitors who wish to explore these historical sites.

A fascinating read that will appeal to anyone interested in the volatile history of the country - armchair historians and travellers alike.
Publication date: 2017-06-01
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9780620372961

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3e HERSIENE UITGAWE

"Die boek gaan oor meer as net 'n geskietery. Dit gaan oor wie ons was, hoe ons bymekaar gekom het, wat ons van mekaar geleer het, wat in die bos gebeur het, ons vrese en verwagtinge, ons trane en blydskap, ons kameraadskap en lojaliteit teenoor mekaar - selfs jare nadat die bataljon ontbind is en ons uitmekaar gespat het. Daarom noem ek dit 'n storie - nié van 32 Bataljon en sy soldate nie - maar van sy ménse" - L.J. Bothma
Publication date: 2016-11-01
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9780624076896

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'n Kwarteeu nadat die laaste skote in die Grensoorlog geklap het is daar steeds talle mistastings oor dié oorlog. Sedert Willem Steenkamp se topverkoper Suid-Afrika se Grensoorlog in 1989 gepubliseer is, het die geweerlope afgekoel en die stof en die rook van die slagveld gaan lê. Dié hersiene weergawe van die klassieke boek plaas nuwe feite op die tafel en gee 'n skerpogige terugblik op die oorlog.
Publication date: 2016-10-01
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9780624076902

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A quarter-century after the last shots were fired during the Border War, many misconceptions about South Africa's longest war remains.  Since Willem Steenkamp's best-selling South Africa's Border War was published in 1989 the rifle barrels have cooled, and the smoke and dust of the battlefield have settled. This revised version of the classic puts the new facts on the table and gives an incisive look back into the war that millions of South Africans will never forget.
Publication date: 2016-10-01
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9781928349839

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Op 11 Februarie 2014 woon Wynand en Frances du Toit die 25ste herdenkingsvieringe van die ondertekening
van die Brazzaville Protokol by. President Denis Sassou N'Guesso van die Republiek van die
Kongo hang die Nasionale Meriete Order van die Kongo om Wynand se nek.
Wat hy daar beleef en besef, laat die laaste stukke van die legkaart in plek val, dertig jaar na sy gevangeneming
in Cabinda, Angola.
Lees hier in sy eie woorde van sy stryd om te oorleef, om weer 'n plek in die samelewing in te neem. Hoe
hy en talle ander veteraan-soldate misbruik, misken, en verstoot is. Vergete slagoffers van die destydse
Kodesa-samesprekings, lewe baie oud-soldate in gebrek en armoede, hul onvermoë om in die nuwe
Suid-Afrika aan te pas 'n bewys van die ou regering se kille hantering van die eens magtigste weermag
in Afrika.
Die politieke poppe-meesters trek op 10 Mei 1994 die Josefskleed oor die donker put waarin sy eens getroue soldate en landsburgers
steeds verkeer. Die politieke en militêre vuilspel gerieflik verswyg in die gemak van hul aftree-pakette.
Dit bly 'n ope vraag: was dit nie juis diegene wat bereid was om die grense van lojaliteite oor te steek wat die werklike helde was en die
land van 'n bloedige burgeroorlog gered het nie?
Publication date: 2016-08-01
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9781920527358

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Each operation has its own story and its own heroes.
Operation Swivel is the first Operation where in the first qualified SA Paratroopers took part in.
Operation Hurdle must have been the first Operation to investigate USSR involvement into Southern Africa by an South African Army element.
Operation Dikmelk was a operation where not one shot was fired or any enemy seen.
Operation Super was an unexpected operation with possibly the most insurgents killed in one day by a small group of soldiers.
Publication date: 2016-07-01
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9781928211976

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Over the years, much has been written about individuals and the forces and their operations in what became commonly known as South Africa's Border War, or Grens Oorlog, but never before has the human spirit of this 23-year-old conflict been so graphically and unashamedly captured and chronicled as in this book.

Equally unique, was the exclusive use of social media to invite and encourage individuals to tell their personal stories, without apology or recrimination, and so provide an indelible oral history of the war. Over a period of three years, 21,000 of them spoke: national service troopies, permanent force officers, aviators, aircrew, medics, submariners and padres.

Erstwhile antagonists also stepped up to the plate, placing their own personal first-hand experiences amongst those of their enemies of yesterday: Russians, Cubans, Angolans and SWAPO.

The story is further enriched by the inclusion of a rich plethora of hitherto unseen 'unofficial' photographs of stolen memories, in a war situation where the taking of any such photographs was strictly prohibited.

Veterans unabashedly wear their hearts on their sleeves, speaking of the psychological impact of untold tragedy and grief; of bravery and unmitigated fear; of shenanigans and mischievous escapades to relieve the pressures of war; of miracles and fate; and of camaraderie.
Publication date: 2016-07-01
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9780624072614

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Van sy eerste dag as dienspligtige was Francois Verster in die sop danksy die "siekverveelde uitdrukking" op sy gesig en sy ingebore rebelsheid. Hy vertel op skreeusnaakse wyse van basiese opleiding en die lewe op Omega, waar hy skoolgee vir Boesman-kinders. Sy kostelike anekdotes word verweef met 'n tweede, ernstiger verhaallyn wat gaan oor sy latere lewe as 'n argivaris. By die argief doen hy as't ware 'n tweede keer diensplig, omdat hy weens regstellende aksie oorgesien word vir bevordering.
Publication date: 2016-02-01
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9780928316261

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Die lewendige lewensverhaal van 'n lewende legende: RSM Sakkie van Rooiplaas. Sy naam is sinoniem met veral 1 Valskermbataljon. Hier is 'n vertelling wat die kamoefleernet lig oor 'n era in Suid Afrika se onstuimige geskiedenis, met eie reels, oorwinnaars en wettige teikens - en soms slagoffers wat in die kruisvuur beland. Lesers leer nie net vir Sakkie ken soos min troepe tevore kon nie. Hulle kry tegelyk 'n deeglike kyk agter die skerms van weermagopleiding uit 'n tydperk wat tans weer sterk "op parade" gekom het.

Sakkie Marais (kmdt): Izak Marais is gebore op 20 Julie 1948. Hy voltooi sy skoolloopbaan in 1965 aan Florida Hoërskool. In 1966 (voor die Nasionale DiensplIgstelsel) is hy na Leër Gimnasium (Pretoria, Voortrekkerhoogte). Daarna sluit hy by die staandemag aan. Die kern van sy loopbaan was by 1 Valskermbataljon (Bloemfontein) waar hy uiteindelik RSM (Regimentsammajoor) geword het. Daarna het hy hom by die Offisierskorps aangesluit tot en met 1994 waar hy as Operasionele Offisier tot die rang van kommandant gevorder het. Die begin van Suid-Afrika se demokrasie was die einde van sy weermagloopbaan. Die daaropvolgende 22 jaar het hy sy deskundigheidÂ- en uitgebreide militêre ondervinding in die buiteland gebruik vir 'n voortgesette, aksiebelaaide professionele loopbaan - nommerpas vir 'n hoogsopgeleide soldaat-avonturier wat nooit 'n pen pusher kon wees nie.
Publication date: 2016-01-01
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9781485302681

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peration 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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