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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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9781868428441

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 260
A riveting, action-filled account that sheds light on the realities of working in a war-torn country, this is the first book on the war in Iraq by a South African.
Johan Raath and a security team were escorting American engineers to a power plant south of Baghdad when they were ambushed. He had first arrived in Iraq only two weeks before. This was a small taste of what was to come over the next 13 years while he worked there as a private military contractor (PMC). His mission? Not to wage war but to protect lives. Raath acted as a bodyguard for VIPs and, more often, engineers who were involved in construction projects to rebuild the country after the 2003 war. His physical and mental endurance was tested to the limit in his efforts to safeguard construction sites that were regularly subjected to mortar and suicide attacks. Key to his survival was his training as a Special Forces operator, or Recce.

Working in places called the Triangle of Death and driving on the 'Hell Run', Raath had numerous hair-raising experiences. As a trained combat medic he also helped to save people's lives after two suicide bomb attacks on sites he then worked at.
Publication date: 2018-02-16
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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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9780620415231

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 360
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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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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9781920143626

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 140
'The Cheetah' is the regimental association magazine for the Rhodesian Light Infantry (RLI). It was last published in hard-copy format in 1960 at the disbandment of the RLI following the cessation of the bush war in the embryonic republic of Zimbabwe Prior to this, the magazine, renowned for its witty and informed content, was a much sought-after and eagerly-awaited publication for civilians and servicemen alike, being sold commercially through the southern African book trade.
Publication date: 2011-02-01
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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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9781928248057

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 250
“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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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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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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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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9781431701001

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 420
Expert battlefields guide Nicki von der Heyde presents 71 battles covering three wars and a series of conflicts that shaped the course of South Africa's history - from the colonial clashes that characterised the 18th and 19th centuries to the 2nd Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902.

Informative and lively accounts of the engagements are provided, with special attention given to the context, action, outcomes and principal combatants involved. Arranged in provincial and regional order, the Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa includes an array of special features that allow for an enthralling and multi-layered account of the battles: 580 images; 80 illustrated timelines; 60 fact and feature boxes; 16 annotated battle maps; 10 regional locator maps; Detailed directions to each site; GPS co-ordinates for inaccessible locations.

Comprehensive, compelling and vividly illustrated, the Field Guide to the Battlefields of South Africa is an indispensable tool for professional and amateur military historians as well as anyone interested in exploring South Africa's fascinating history.
Publication date: 2013-11-01
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9781920143404

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction  -  Military / Militêr
R 355
This work covers all aspects of the Border War in which the South African gunners took part, from 1975 when a young lieutenant was seconded to train UNITA troops in Angola on US 4.2-inch mortars - through Operation Savannah, the first operation, to the last rounds fired in June 1988 against the Cuban 80th Division.
Publication date: 2010-04-01
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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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9781920527358

Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Military / Militêr

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