South African Armour of the Border War 1975 89

South African Armour of the Border War 1975   89
Author : Kyle Harmse
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages : 48
Release : 2017-02-23
ISBN 10 : 9781472817440
ISBN 13 : 1472817443
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

South African Armour of the Border War 1975 89 Book Description:

The Border War saw the biggest armoured battles in Africa since World War II. Starting as a counter-insurgency operation by the South African Defence Force (SADF) against the South West Africa People's Organisation, South Africa became embroiled in the complex Angolan Civil War, where they came up against enemies well supplied with equipment and armoured vehicles from the Soviet Union. With the aid of stunning illustrations and photographs, this study details the characteristics, capabilities and performance of the wide variety of armoured vehicles deployed by the SADF, from the Eland armoured car to the Ratel infantry combat vehicle and the Olifant tank. Designed for the unique conditions of the region, South Africa's armour was distinctive and innovative, and has influenced the design of counterinsurgency armoured vehicles around the world. Frequently requested by Osprey readers, and written by two renowned experts on armoured vehicles, this will appeal to all those interested in modern armour and the Cold War proxy wars.

Historical Dictionary of Angola

Historical Dictionary of Angola
Author : W. Martin James
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages : 572
Release : 2018-03-01
ISBN 10 : 9781538111239
ISBN 13 : 1538111233
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historical Dictionary of Angola Book Description:

Angola, slowly recovering from a twenty-seven year civil war, is becoming a regional super-power in southern Africa. This rise can be attributed to oil, diamonds, a battle-tested armed forces and a political system that is dominated by one party – the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola – MPLA). Problems remain to be solved. The vast wealth is in the control of the elite while the vast majority of the people live on less than two dollars per day. Corruption is rife, the health and education system in shambles, landmines remain a festering problem and the opposition is intimidated and split into various factions. President Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola for almost thirty-eight years, has opted not to run for re-election in the August 2017 elections. Instead his hand-picked successor João Lourenço was elected president. Interestingly, dos Santos has not surrendered his presidency of the party. This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Angola contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Angola.

A Far Away War

A Far Away War
Author : Ian Liebenberg
Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
Total Pages : 208
Release : 2016-01-31
ISBN 10 : 9781920689735
ISBN 13 : 1920689737
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Far Away War Book Description:

South Africa's armed forces invaded Angola in 1975, setting off a war that had consequences for the whole region that are still felt today. A Far-Away War contributes to a wider understanding of this war in Angola and Namibia. The book does not only look at the war from an "e;old"e; South African (Defence Force) perspective, but also gives a voice to participants "e;on the other side"e; - emphasising the role of the Cubans and Russians. This focus is supplemented by the inclusion of many never-before-published photographs from Cuban and Russian archives, and a comprehensive bibliography.

The Namibian War of Independence 1966 1989

The Namibian War of Independence  1966      1989
Author : Richard Dale
Publisher : McFarland
Total Pages : 216
Release : 2014-10-28
ISBN 10 : 9781476618074
ISBN 13 : 1476618070
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Namibian War of Independence 1966 1989 Book Description:

The decolonization of Namibia was delayed from 1966 to 1989—the period of the war of independence—pitting the Namibian nationalists against the South African minority-ruled regime. This book describes the diplomatic, economic and military campaigns of the Namibian and South African belligerents and draws a comparison with several other decolonization wars. Using data from parliamentary debates, the aftermath is examined of the Namibian war and the newly independent nation. The book provides a basis for further investigation of the decolonization process.

The SADF and Cuito Cuanavale

The SADF and Cuito Cuanavale
Author : Leopold Scholtz
Publisher : Jonathan Ball Publishers
Total Pages : 288
Release : 2020-02-15
ISBN 10 : 9781928248040
ISBN 13 : 1928248047
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The SADF and Cuito Cuanavale Book Description:

“A shooting war is often followed by a second war. This war is not fought with bullets or artillery shells, not with tanks or bombers, but rather with words. The war is, in effect, fought again on paper.” In 1987–1988 the dusty Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale was the backdrop for the final battles of the Border War. Ever since the war ended, the fighting around Cuito has been the subject of a fierce public debate over who actually won the war. While the leadership of the former South African Defence Force (SADF) claims it was never defeated, the supporters of the Angolan MPLA government, Cuba and SWAPO insist that the SADF was vanquished on the battlefield. They contend that the SADF wanted to overrun Cuito Cuanavale and use it as a springboard for an advance on Luanda. But was Cuito Cuanavale ever really an objective of the SADF? Leopold Scholtz tackles this question by examining recently declassified documents in the SANDF archives, exploring the strategic and tactical decisions that shaped the six main battles, from the SADF’s stunning tactical success on the Lomba River to the grinding struggle for the Tumpo Triangle. His incisive analysis untangles what happens when war, politics and propaganda become entwined.

Battle For Angola

Battle For Angola
Author : Al J. Venter
Publisher : Helion and Company
Total Pages : 564
Release : 2017-04-03
ISBN 10 : 9781913118105
ISBN 13 : 191311810X
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Battle For Angola Book Description:

Following the publication of Al Venter’s successful Portugal’s Guerrilla Wars in Africa - shortlisted by the New York Military Affairs Symposium’s 'Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for 2013' - his Battle for Angola delves still further into the troubled history of this former Portuguese African colony. This is a completely fresh work running to almost 600 pages including 32 pages of color photos, with the main thrust on events before and after the civil war that followed Lisbon’s over-hasty departure back to the metrópole. There are also several sections that detail the role of South African mercenaries in defeating the rebel leader Dr Jonas Savimbi (considered by some as the most accomplished guerrilla leader to emerge in Africa in the past century). There are many chapters that deal with Pretoria’s reaction to the deteriorating political and military situation in Angola, the role of the Soviets and mercenaries in the political transition, as well as the civil war that followed. With the assistance of several notable military authorities he elaborates in considerable detail on South Africa’s 23-year Border War, from the first guerrilla incursions to the last. In this regard he received solid help from the former the head of 4 Reconnaissance Regiment, Colonel Douw Steyn, who details several cross-border Recce strikes, including the sinking by frogmen of two Soviet ships and a Cuban freighter in an Angolan deepwater port. Throughout, the author was helped by a variety of notable authorities, including the French historian Dr René Pélissier and the American academic and former naval aviator Dr John (Jack) Cann. With their assistance, he covers several ancillary uprisings and invasions, including the Herero revolt of the early 20th century; the equally troubled Ovambo insurrection, as well as the invasion of Angola by the Imperial German Army in the First World War. Former deputy head of the South African Army Major General Roland de Vries played a seminal role. It was he - dubbed ‘South Africa’s Rommel’ by his fellow commanders - who successfully nurtured the concept of ‘mobile warfare’ where, in a succession of armored onslaughts ‘thin-skinned’ Ratel Infantry Fighting Vehicles tackled Soviet main battle tanks and thrashed them. There is a major section on South African Airborne – the ‘Parabats’ –by Brigadier-General McGill Alexander, one of the architects of that kind of warfare under Third World conditions. Finally, the role of Cuban Revolutionary Army receives the attention it deserves: officially there were almost 50,000 Cuban troops deployed in the Angolan war, though subsequent disclosures in Havana suggest that the final total was much higher.

Joernaal Vir Eietydse Geskiedenis

Joernaal Vir Eietydse Geskiedenis
Author :
Publisher :
Total Pages :
Release : 2006
ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105131530565
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Joernaal Vir Eietydse Geskiedenis Book Description:

In Different Times

In Different Times
Author : Ian van der Waag
Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
Total Pages : 364
Release : 2019-11-15
ISBN 10 : 9781928480341
ISBN 13 : 1928480349
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Different Times Book Description:

This is the first attempt to bring together diverse scholars, using different lenses, to study South Africa’s Border War. As a book, it is critical in approach, provides deeper reflection, and focuses specifically on the SADF experience of the war. The result is a more complex picture of the war’s dynamics and its legacies. Although South Africa is a vastly different country today, the study of the Border War opens a range of questions, also relevant to contemporary deployments such as in Lesotho (1998) and the Central African Republic (2013). It includes the debate on participation in foreign conflicts; on the deployment, design and preparation of appropriate, modern armed forces and their use as foreign policy instruments in far‑off theatres; on military planning; and, as the historical controversies regarding the battles at Cuito Cuanavale and Bangui illustrate, on the interface between foreign campaigning and domestic politics.

In Different Times

In Different Times
Author : Albert Grundlingh
Publisher : AFRICAN SUN MeDIA
Total Pages : 364
Release : 2019-11-18
ISBN 10 : 9781928480358
ISBN 13 : 1928480357
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Different Times Book Description:

This is the first attempt to bring together diverse scholars, using different lenses, to study South Africa’s Border War. As a book, it is critical in approach, provides deeper reflection, and focuses specifically on the SADF experience of the war. The result is a more complex picture of the war’s dynamics and its legacies. Although South Africa is a vastly different country today, the study of the Border War opens a range of questions, also relevant to contemporary deployments such as in Lesotho (1998) and the Central African Republic (2013). It includes the debate on participation in foreign conflicts; on the deployment, design and preparation of appropriate, modern armed forces and their use as foreign policy instruments in far‑off theatres; on military planning; and, as the historical controversies regarding the battles at Cuito Cuanavale and Bangui illustrate, on the interface between foreign campaigning and domestic politics.

Pro Patria

Pro Patria
Author : Mark Coghlan
Publisher :
Total Pages : 247
Release : 2000
ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105073507381
ISBN 13 :
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pro Patria Book Description: