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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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9781485302681

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 300
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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9780620307628

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 255
This book traces an extraordinary career through nearly four decades of military aviation. Dick Lord, well known as an aviation raconteur, tells a tale of military flying at its very best. He covers, in amusing detail, the life of a carrier pilot in both the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm and the United States Navy. His unusual career then led to combat in Southern Africa as a Mirage F1 squadron commander. He later rose to the rank of brigadier-general in the South African Air Force.
Publication date: 2011-10-01
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9781776260218

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 300
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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9781868428328

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 290
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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9781431401857

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 190
For almost fifteen years South Africa was involved in a civil war in Angola, the so-called Bush War, on behalf of the UNITA faction. The climax of this portrayed conflict was the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the largest military engagement on African soil since the Second World War. Here South African forces came to blows with Angolan FAPLA troops and their Cuban allies in a battle whose outcome is still hotly debated.
Publication date: 2011-08-01
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9781928211686

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 299
Die rowwe en eerlike vertelling van 'n 'Bat in the bosoorloe van Namibie en Angola. 19 en Gewapen is 'n aksiebelaaide vertelling van Granger Korff se twee diensjare in 1980/81 saam met 1 Valskermbataljon tydens die hoogtepunt van die Suid Afrikaanse Bosoorlog in Suid Wes Afrika (Namibie) en Angola. Afgesien van die standaard teen-insurgensie aktiwiteite van die Fire Force krygsverrigtinge asook lokvalle en patrollies om SWAPO guerrillas te vind en te vernietig, was hy ook betrokke by verskeie noemenswaardige konvensionele oorgrensoperasies deur die Suid Afrikaanse Weermag (SAW) soos Protea, Daisy en Carnation, wat in Angola in beweeg het teen FAPLA (Angolese MPLA troepe) sowel as hulle Kubaanse en Sowjetbondgenote. Korff se vormingsjare op die Oos-Rand as 'n straatbakleiende jeug het 'n invloed op sy toekomstige militere loopbaan gehad wat ontsier was deur omstredenheid. Hy was konstant in die moeilikheid: Sy afwesigheid sonder verlof op die vooraand van die oorlog omdat hy na die front beweeg het; dat hy verskyn het voor 'n krygsraad na hy n sersantmajoor in trane gehad het na hy hom aangerand het voor sy troepe; vuis gevegte met die dwelmeenheid en sy in hegtenisname na die uitmergelende sewe-week, 700km Recce keuringsuithouresies, is maar net 'n paar van die kleurvolle staaltjies wat hierdie vertelling van diens in die Suid Afrikaanse Weermag deurspikkel. Sy skryfstyl is pittig, brutaal, selfveragtend en by tye humoristies - maar altyd eerlik.
Publication date: 2015-04-01
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9781920143312

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 250
19 with a Bullet - A South African paratrooper in Angola is a fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korff's two years' service during 1980/81 with 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African 'bush war' in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola. Apart from the 'standard' counter-insurgency activities of Fireforce operations, ambushing and patrols, to contact and destroy SWAPO guerrillas, he was involved in several massive South African Defence Force (SADF) conventional cross-border operations, such as Protea, Daisy and Carnation, into Angola to take on FAPLA (Angolan MPLA troops) and their Cuban and Soviet allies.
Publication date: 2009-06-01
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9781776094851

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 230
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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9781928211976

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 395
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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9781770224285

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 240
On 23 November 1977, an armada of helicopters and aeroplanes took of from Rhodesian airbases and crossed the border into Mozambique. Their objective: to attack the headquarters of the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, where thousands of enemy forces were concentrated. Codenamed Operation Dingo, the raid was planned to coincide with a meeting of Robert Mugabe and his war council at the targeted HQ. It would be the biggest conflict of the Rhodesian Bush War.

In this fascinating account, Ian Pringle describes the political and military backdrop leading up to the operation, and he tells the story of the battle through the eyes of key personalities who planned, led and participated in it.
Publication date: 2012-06-01
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9781868424184

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 325
The 20th Century has been one of enduring, rapid and fundamental social and political change. In Southern Africa, innumerable wars, rebellions, uprisings and protests have marked the integration, disintegration and then reintegration of both society and subcontinent during this period.
The century started with a brief but total war. Less than ten years later victorious Britain brought the conquered Boer republics, and the Cape and Natal colonies, together into the Union of South Africa. And the military of this early creation served not only in all of the major wars of the twentieth century, but also in a number of regional struggles: rebellion on the part of Afrikaner nationalists, industrial unrest fanned by syndicalists, and uprisings conducted chiefly but not exclusively by disenfranchised black South Africans.
The century ended as it started, with a war. But this was a limited war, a flashpoint of the Cold War, which embraced more than just the subcontinent and lasted a long, twenty-three years.
The first of its kind, A Military History of Modern South Africa provides an overview of South African military history from 1899 to 2000. Focusing on the campaigns and battles, it also brings discussion on the evolving military policy and the development of the South African military as an institution into a single volume.
Ian van der Waag is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Military History in the Faculty of Military Sciences, Stellenbosch University. A transnational historian, he has published extensively on imperial and colonial defence, South Africa's wars of the twentieth century, and the mutual, reciprocal impacts between war and South African society.
Publication date: 2015-09-01
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9781529135312

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 350
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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9781485302599

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 275
This is the story of war and conservation, a drama enacted in a theatre in the southwestern corner of Africa.
Author Jan Breytenbach, a legend in military circles, and the founder of South African Special Forces - the Recces - describes how he discovered that Military Intelligence was involved in illegal wildlife trade with Jonas Savimbi. To his horror and astonishment, senior officers were also using the MI created ivory-smuggling routes for their own corrupt ends. A must-read on a little known topic of the South African Border War, Angolan Civil War, and the de facto genocide of southern Africa's Big Five, particularly the elephant.
Colonel Jan Breytenbach, the founding commander of 32 Battalion, is a living legend in South Africa. He was the creator of three elite units of the SADF: 1 Recce Commando, 32 Battalion and 44 Para Brigade. He led the successful assault on SWAPO's main base at Cassinga in 1978 - believed to be the largest airborne assault anywhere since World War II. He also formed the South African Army's Guerrilla School, which he commanded until his retirement in 1987.
He is the brother of author/poet Breyten Breytenbach. Jan Breytenbach is 80 years old and lives in Sedgefield.
Publication date: 2015-07-01
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9781485300441

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 275
This book follows the development of the 32 Battalion from its confused origins from former enemies and terrorists into the best counter-insurgency force in the world.

Jan Breytenbach gets it spot on with this one, his skill at story telling is great! 32 Battalion was a very well respected unit in the SADF and one can easily see why when reading this book. Jan's account of the 1975 incursion into Angola is accurate and detailed without becoming boring. His addition of some very funny incidents adds real enjoyment to a great book.
Publication date: 2014-05-01

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