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Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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Written with Matt Eversmann, the decorated war hero immortalised in the film Black Hawk Down, James Patterson brings us firsthand wartime experiences of life on the battlefront

Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines speak in their own words about real life in today's armed forces. These are the brutally honest stories usually only shared amongst comrades in arms. Here, in the voices of the men and women who've fought overseas from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, is a rare eye-opening look into what wearing the uniform, fighting in combat, losing friends and coming home is really like.

Walk in my Combat Boots is a powerful collection of never-before-told war stories crafted from hundreds of original interviews by James Patterson, the world's most trusted storyteller, and First Sergeant US Army (Ret.) Matt Eversmann, part of the Ranger unit involved in the infamous Battle of Mogadishu portrayed in the movie Black Hawk Down.
Publication date: 2021-04-22
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9781485311676

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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Brig.genl. Willem (Kaas) van der Waals kyk terugskouend na sy loopbaan wat gekenmerk is deur veelsydigheid — valskermsoldaat en instrukteur, operasionele diens in SWA, Angola en Rhodesië, militêre diplomaat en SAW se hoof van buitelandse betrekkinge. Hy was ook dosent in strategiese studies, hoof van sielkundige oorlogvoering, inligtingsoffisier en strategiese beplanner by die sekretariaat van die Staatsveiligheidsraad. Daarna is hy die eerste veiligheidshoof van die stad Pretoria. Dis juis díé veelsydigheid wat hom enersyds met gesagsfigure in die weermag laat bots het en andersyds wyd aanwendbaar gemaak het.
Publication date: 2021-04-19
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9781612009438

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

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, 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), flown Mi-8s for Executive Outcomes, and thereafter an Mi-8 fondly dubbed“Bokkie” for Colonel Tim Spicer in Sierra Leone. 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-decade career; twice he turned the enemy back from the gates of Freetown, effectively preventing the rebels from overrunning Sierra Leone's capital. Known as Nellis to his friends, he was also the first mercenary to work hand-in-glove with British ground and air assets in a modern guerrilla war. This book describes the full career of this storied aerial warrior, from the bush and jungles of Africa to the forests of the Balkans and the merciless mountains of today's Afghanistan. Along the way the reader encounters a multi-ethnic array of enemies ranging from ideological to cold-blooded to pure evil, as well as well as examples of incredible heroism for hire.
Publication date: 2021-04-12
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9781776260218

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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Die reis op soek na antwoorde begin in Augustus 2018 met 'n toer deur Angola. Die ongenaakbare terrein en taal hindernisse in Angola, maak toerlede aangewese op mekaar. Ek begin soldate kameradrie verstaan.
In Angola het die nasionale parke sonder diere, armoede, die nuwe kolonialiseerders van Afrika en die sigbare sowel as die onsigbare littekens van oorloe, 'n groot indruk op my gemaak. Die deure na die gebeure in die verlede moes oopgesluit word. Soldate se wedervaringsmoet gedeel word.
Publication date: 2021-02-22
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9781776094738

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 320
The inside story of South Africa's worst military scandal since apartheid

'A powerful cocktail of searing front-line war reportage, investigative journalism, and history… with echoes of Black Hawk Down, of Rorke's Drift, and of Heart of Darkness' - Andrew Harding, BBC foreign correspondent and author

In March 2013, South Africa suffered its worst military defeat since the end of apartheid. After a battle that lasted almost two days, 200 crack troops who engaged 7 000 rebels in the Central African Republic were forced to negotiate a ceasefire at their base. Thirteen South African soldiers died in the battle, with two more later succumbing to their wounds.

The mission was shrouded in mystery from the start. The deployment and the diplomatic machinations that led to it were kept secret from the South African public and Parliament. So, too, were an assortment of shadowy commercial interests held by businessmen, some with close ties to the African National Congress. In an investigation spanning more than seven years, the authors gained exclusive access to the soldiers who fought valiantly against overwhelming odds; travelled to Bangui to obtain documentation and meet the rebel leaders who took part in the battle; interviewed a deposed dictator living in exile in Paris; and spoke to the widows of the fallen soldiers. They also met influential fixers and dealmakers, and unearthed secret files containing bribe agreements to unravel an intricate web of corruption and patronage reaching the highest echelons of power in South Africa and the CAR.

After close to a decade of speculation and rumour, The Battle of Bangui lays bare for the first time both the litany of strategic, tactical and logistical blunders that ended in military disaster, and the secret diplomatic and commercial deals that led to South Africa's worst foreign misadventure of the democratic era. It's also a cracking war story filled with heroism, camaraderie, terror, pathos and triumph over adversity.
Publication date: 2021-02-16
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9780620415231

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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From the ashes of two Angolan wars - a terrorist and a civil war - a new South African Army unit was born; a unit that had to fight
South Africa's terrorist war on Angola's side of the border - a stepchild, hidden away aside in the bush.

Bothma expertly covers the weal and woe of the unit in this fascinating book. When he discusses the war against SWAPO he
does not take sides - this is not an “us and them” story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend reading it.
Editor - Magnum

This book may be seen as a watershed contribution to the so-called Border War literature that, until now, has been dominated by journalists and writers with questionable motives. Abel Esterhuyse - Militaria

Bothma went to a great deal of trouble writing this eminently readable and valuable book, including visiting Northern Namibia
and Southern Angola several times. Leon Engelbrecht - defenceWeb
Publication date: 2020-07-20
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9780624085201

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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Daar was hewige vuurgevegte, oorwinnings, maar ook verliese . . .

1 Recce, Agter vyandelike linies, neem die leser tot in die Recces se “binnekamer”. In hul eie woorde vertel Recce-operateurs van die lewensgevaarlike operasies wat hulle onder groot geheimhouding in die laat 1970's in Angola en Rhodesië uitgevoer het.

Die leser sien die operateurs sweet in die vliegtuig of duikboot en beleef die gevaar wanneer hulle in die nagdonker riviere met krokodille trotseer. Die spanning en adrenalien loop hoog wanneer die Recces springstof in 'n treintonnel diep in vyandelike gebied plaas of 'n groot brandstofbergingsplek in 'n Angolosese hawestad in 'n vlammehel omskep.

Dié wat daar was vertel van die spanning, afwagting, vrees, adrenalien, moegheid, dors en hartseer wat hulle beleef het, maar ook van die humoristiese momente en die vriendskapsbande wat gesmee is.

1 Recce, Agter vyandelike linies is Alexander Strachan, bekroonde skrywer en gewese Recce, se opvolgboek op sy topverkoper: 1 Recce, Die nag behoort aan ons.
Publication date: 2020-03-30
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9780624085232

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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1 Recce, Behind Enemy Lines, takes the reader into the Recces' inside chamber. In their own words the Recces detail life-threatening operations performed under great secrecy. The reader sees the operators sweat in the airplane or submarine and experiences the danger with them when they face crocodile invested rivers in the middle of the night.
Publication date: 2020-03-11
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9781928248033

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 250
In 1987/88 the dusty southern Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale became the scene of the final battles of the Border War. Today it is the focal point of the public debate over the question who actually won the war. The alliance of the Angolan MPLA government, Cuba and the Namibian freedom movement SWAPO claim that the South African Defence Force (SADF) wanted to use Cuito Cuanavale as a springboard for an advance on Luanda, but that they eventually forced the SADF to withdraw from Angola. This, in turn, helped to bring an end to apartheid, they contend. The leadership of the SADF, however, states that taking Cuito Cuanavale was never a serious objective and that they had no plans to overthrow the Angolan government.
Publication date: 2020-02-13
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9781928248057

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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“Dit gebeur dikwels dat 'n skietoorlog deur 'n tweede oorlog gevolg word. Dié oorlog word nie met ammunisie of kartetse gevoer of met tenks en bomwerpers nie, maar met woorde. Die oorlog word as 't ware op papier oorgeveg.”

In 1987-1988 was die stowwerige Angolese dorpie Cuito Cuanavale die toneel van die laaste gevegte van die Grensoorlog. Sedertdien is dit die fokuspunt van 'n openbare debat oor wie eintlik hierdie oorlog gewen het.

Die leierskorps van die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag (SAW) hou vol hulle is nooit verslaan nie, terwyl die alliansie van die Angolese MPLA-regering, Kuba en Swapo beweer hulle het die SAW uit Angola en Suidwes-Afrika verdryf. Hulle glo voorts die SAW wou Cuito Cuanavale beset en as afspringplek gebruik om Luanda in te neem.

Maar was Cuito Cuanavale ooit regtig 'n doelwit vir die Suid-Afrikaners? Dit is die vraag wat Leopold Scholtz vra wanneer hy onlangs gedeklassi-fiseerde dokumente in die weermagargief bestudeer en die taktiese en strategiese besluite ondersoek wat 'n bepalende rol in die ses groot veldslae van dié veldtog gespeel het.

Sy kritiese ontleding wys hoe maklik propaganda en politiek in die pad van feite kan staan.
Publication date: 2020-02-13
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9781776220076

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 400
THE STORM IN ME
EMPOWER
Experience the ruthlessness of life and adapt to it by realising that in the quest to survive, empowerment is required. Learn that this lifestyle has serious consequences for the good and for the bad. Relentlessly push forward to get into positions from where top-class military operations are executed which have serious strategic consequences.
REBEL
Gets drawn into high profile criminal scenarios such as the RAUTEM murders of Robert Smit and his wife and be tainted by National Intelligence without having any way to prevent it. Just to be followed up by unchallengeable accusations of controlling the attempted Cue De Tat in the Seychelles.
MANIPULATE
Use intrinsic privilege knowledge and contacts to uncannily sway the military system successfully into a new era of Airborne Artillery. Manipulate Army generals and top management to authorise a most challenging and risky military operation with immense strategic impact.
CHALLENGE
Challenge God continuously about experiences right from the start through to the last Special Forces operation.

Herman van Niekerk is a Retired South African Special Forces Colonel with a Masters degree in Business Administration. He left the military in 1999 after 27 years service and started his own company which specialized in security related training and development in South Africa and various other countries in Africa. In November 2010 he joined MARITIME RISK SOLUTIONS as Director of Operations and major shareholder, a company which protects vessels at sea against attacks from pirates and other criminals.
Publication date: 2019-11-29
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9781868423316

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 240
Re-jacketed reprint.
At the Front is the memoirs of the legendary General Jannie Geldenhuys - a soldier, strategist, diplomat and a sportsman. It takes us through negotiations, threats and major operations of the Border War in South West Africa (today Namibia) and Angola in the late 1970s and 1980s. Geldenhuys introduces us to international politicians, ordinary soldiers, friends and foes and traces the role they played in the war.

He shares his first-hand experiences of important operations such as Operation Smokeshell and debunks a few commonly held beliefs about the battles around Cuito Cuanavale towards the end of the war by providing facts and figures about the loss of life and equipment on both sides. He also reveals the surprising facts about
the costs and other implications of the war for southern Africa, making Geldenhuys' story both of military and historical importance.

This book is far more than a general's account of a war. At the Front presents a world where one meets friction de guerre and discovers the strange intertwined nature of war and peace, success and failure, good and bad luck, chance and fate, winning and losing. General Jannie Geldenhuys tells a compelling story that radiates
graciousness, compassion and an indomitable sense of humour.
Publication date: 2019-08-07
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9781776094851

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
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In early 1976 while working underground as a blaster on ERPM gold mine in Boksburg, Greg Latter was called up for a three-month army camp in Angola, and there was no getting out of it. The truth is, he was actually keen to go. South Africa was at war with the Cubans and he was overcome by a peculiar sense of patriotism. This story is about those three months, told from the day he received his call-up telegram to the day after he got back.
There is nothing gung-ho in the pages of this book. It's mainly about the cock-ups, of which there were countless, the major one involving Greg himself. Greg has the distinction of being the only soldier in the Transvaal Horse Artillery who saw action in Angola. He shot up one of the SADF's own vehicles after being ordered to do so by Signalman Podolski, who was in charge of the radio that rainy night. Greg was court-martialled and found not guilty, although thereafter he was taken off guard duty in case of a repeat cock-up. Which suited him no end, of course.

This book is also about the little things, like the kak food; the warm ice cream and hot beers that were so kindly delivered to the middle of nowhere by helicopter; and the butcher who came up with the great idea of finding a waterhole so they could shoot a cow to have some fresh meat. It's also about the Portuguese refugees Greg encountered, families fleeing from God knows what, lounge suites strapped to the roofs of their cars. It's about a man coming of age and realising he never needed to go down into the darkness again. The day after he got back from that camp, Greg went down the mine shaft but came straight back out again, signed last shift, and started to live.
Publication date: 2019-08-02
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9781868429301

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 265
Steve Joubert had always wanted to be a pilot and the only way he could afford to do so, was to join the South African Air Force in the late 1970s. As an adventurous young man with a wicked sense of humour, he tells of the many amusing escapades he had as a trainee pilot. But soon he is sent to fight in the Border War in northern Namibia (then South West Africa) where he is exposed to the carnage
of war. The pilots of the Alouette helicopters were witness to some of the worst scenes of the Border War. Often, they were the first to arrive after a deadly landmine accident. In the fiercest battles their gunships regularly supplied life-saving air cover to troops on the ground.
Publication date: 2019-05-09
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9780624081494

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 310
1 Recce. Een van die skerpste, veelsydigste en dodelikste spesialiseenhede in die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag. Dié manne was superfiks en bomenslik taai.
Hulle het telkens hul lewe op die spel geplaas in geheime operasies.
Alexander Strachan, bekroonde skrywer en self 'n gewese Recce, vertel die verhaal van 1 Recce se ontstaan, geskiedenis en rol in die Bosoorlog. Ná jare van mites en geheimhouding gee dié boek 'n binneblik op die Recces en die werk wat hulle onsigbaar agter die skerms gedoen het.
Publication date: 2018-10-10

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