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Soviet Strategy in Southern Africa: Gorbachev's Pragmatic Approach, by Peter Vanneman

During the 1980s the assertive foreign policy of the Reagan administration arrested the momentum of Soviet strategy in southern Africa.

Product details
Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: Hoover Inst Pr; Good condition. 142pp. ISBN 0817989021. edition (July 1, 1990)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0817989021
ISBN-13: 978-0817989026
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

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Batalha Histórica De Quifangondo, by Serguei Kolomnin.

The war in Angola. A new book by Sergei Kolomnin. / War in Angola. "Russian Trace at Quifangondo". A new book by Serguei Kolomnin. / Guerra em Angola. "Vestígio russo em Quifangondo". O livro mais recente de Serguei Kolomnin.
Now available in Portuguese
The book was published on the initiative and with the support of the native of Union Veterans of Angola. The book is devoted to dramatic events during October and November 1975, when the fate of independent Angola hung in the balan...
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U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1994. Conflict of interests, by Alex Thomson

From the Introduction: Africa, during the second half of the twentieth century, was not a priority for U.S. foreign policy. Senior Cold War strategists concentrated their efforts elsewhere. Whereas the memoirs of past presidents and former secretaries of state contain regular references to the Soviet Union, Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, the Middle East, and East-West relations generally, recollections of African issues are few and far between. Relations between United States and this part of the world t...
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How Far All The Way. A pocket history of the South African Naval Marines, by Louis Fourie

Additional info by Paul J Els:
"This is the story of Louis Fourie of his time in the Marines. He was also the OC of Wenela and there are a few good photos in the book. The book can be ordered with the photos as from page 72 to 81 in colour. Just ask for it and the price."


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UITERS GEHEIM en ander anekdotes - Kobus de Villiers

Dit is die sestigs en die wêreld ondergaan groot veranderinge. Die Koue Oorlog, die ruimte wedloop, die Kubaanse misiel krisis, hippies en Woodstock. Motors met stertvinne en Suid-Afrika word ʼn Republiek en ons betaal met die Rand eerder as die Pond.
Ek lê op die grasperk voor die ou Vrystaatse plaashuis en tuur die donker Afrika hemel in om die groen knipoogliggie van Sputnik te volg tussen die flikkerende sterre.
Die ruimtewedloop tussen die Russe en die Amerikaners gryp my verbeeldi...
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Angola The Battle of Kifangondo, 1975, by Miguel Junior

The world has witnessed several battles since the dawn of time. Whether ancient or recent, they all contain a wealth of data useful for life in several circumstances. These battles, which had a significant influence on the life of mankind and defined the course of history, have been the object of study by many scholars. Besides these and other battles framed in the context of great armed conflicts, the world has long recorded the occurrence of small-scale fighting associated with a number of arm...
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Involvement of South African Defense Forces in South East Angola 1966-1974: A Counterinsurgency Study, by Miguel Junior

This analysis of the involvement of the South African Defence Force in the counterinsurgency campaign led by the armed forces of Portugal aims to identify the nature of the engagement and to see what lessons can be drawn from the point of view of counterinsurgency warfare.
Miguel Júnior is a general officer of the Angolan Armed Forces and a military historian. He has published six books and is co-author and organizer of two more. He has also written on his own several articles on defence, s...
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Angolan War of Liberation Colonial. Communist Clash, 1961-1974, by Al J. Venter

When a large group of rebels invaded Angola from a recently independent Congo in 1961, it heralded the opening shots in another African war of independence. Between 1961 and 1974, Portugal faced the extremely ambitious task of conducting three simultaneous counterinsurgency campaigns to preserve its hegemony of Angola, Portuguese Guinea and Mozambique. While other European states were falling over themselves in granting independence to their African possessions, Portugal chose to stay and fight ...
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1 RECCE: Die Nag Behoort Aan Ons, deur Alexander Strachan

1-Recce was die skerpste, veelsydigste en dodelikste spesialiseenheid in die ganse Suid-Afrikaanse weermag. Dié manne was superfiks, bomenslik taai en het vir niks gestuit nie. Hulle het telkens hul lewens op die spel geplaas in die uitvoering van hoogs geheime operasies agter vyandelike linies.
Dekades lank is oor al dié hoogs geheime sendings geswyg. Nou, vir die eerste keer, openbaar die Recce's se groot generaals (waaronder die legendariese kol Jan Breytenbach) hoe hulle gestuur is ...
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1 RECCE: The Night Belongs to Us, by Alexander Strachan

1-Recce was the sharpest, most versatile and deadliest specialist unit in the entire South African army. These men were super fit, unbelievably tough and stopped at nothing. Time and again they put their lives at risk in the execution of highly secret operations behind enemy lines.
For decades these missions have been kept secret. Now, for the first time, the Recces' most famous generals (including the legendary colonel Jan Breytenbach) reveal their involvement in many highly sensitive ...
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Angola: the hidden history of Washington's war, by Ernest Harsch & Tony Thomas

Angola: The Hidden History of Washington's War Hardcover – June 30, 1976
by Ernest Harsch (Author), Tony Thomas (Author), Malik Miah (Editor)
As Angola was winning its long struggle for independence from Portugal, the country was plunged into a civil war. Here is the documented record of the U. S. government’s secret military intervention in Angola, in alliance with Portuguese colonialism and the racist regime of South Africa.

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The Origins of the Angolan Civil War: Foreign Intervention and Domestic Political Conflict, 1961-76, by Fernando Andresen Guimaraes

An investigation of the origins of the Angolan civil war of 1975-76. By looking at the interaction between internal and external factors, it reveals the domestic roots of the conflict and the impact of foreign intervention on the civil war. The formative influence of colonialism and anti-colonialism on the emergence of Angolan rivalry since 1961 is described, and the externalization of that power struggle is analysed from a perspective of both international and domestic politics.

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Slag van Brug 14 (1976), SABC Documentary

On 29 April 1976, SABC-TV (the state television service) screened a 'documentary' recreation of the 'Battle of Bridge 14'. Gordon Winter, a defector from the Bureau of State Security, claimed the film had been compiled by South Mrican Military Intelligence. The hour-long 'Die Slag van Brug 14' was shot on location in Namibia with SADF troops playing all the roles. It portrayed a small SADF armoured car group, routing a numerically far superior force of Cubans at a strategic bridge somewhere in t...
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A young Namibian goes into exile to join SWAPO’s military wing, PLAN, in the late 1970s. After dedicating his life to the movement, a series of purges within the organisation lead to him being wrongfully branded an apartheid spy and traitor. So begins Oiva Angula’s terrifying story of betrayal and torture by his comrades, which culminates in imprisonment in the omalambo – the hidden pits in Lubango, Angola, into which he, along with many others, is cast and left to die.

SWAPO Captive...
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Mirage Eskader (Afrikaans, DVD), by Bertrand Retief

Lt. Gerhard Muller is the son of a pilot who was killed while flying with the South African Air Force in Korea. At the time his best friend and fellow pilot, Chris Fourie, was the only one to return from their mission and since then there have been various rumours about what happened. Now Gerhard is joining a Mirage squadron at Waterkloof Air Force Base, where Fourie will be his immediate superior. In addition his grandfather, Colonel Greeff, is the base commander. Also joining the squadron is G...
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The Fourth Dimension – the untold story of military health in South Africa, by Col Ricky Naidoo (Editor-in-Chief)

The Fourth Dimension – the untold story of military health in South Africa is a magisterial study of the subject just published by the South African Military Health Service. A weighty tome of just less than 800 pages, it is the most comprehensive study of military health ever attempted in South Africa.

As such it records matters military medical reaching back to the turn of the 20th Century, with a look at the health support available to forces then engaged on both sides of the Anglo ...
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Parabat the documentary, from Efpe Senekal

"Parabat" the documentary is a 3 part series The Parabats were elite airborne soldiers in the South African Defence Force. During the SWA/Namibian border war, the Bats took part in several cross border operations into Angola and provided airborne Fireforce back-up to counter insurgency units on the ground.
The esprit de corps in this unit is legendary. In "Parabat" the documentary, South Africa's Airborne soldiers tell their own stories from 1960 to 1994.

Genres: Documentary
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LIVE TO FLY ANOTHER DAY - My Flying Experience in the South African Air Force, by Johan Nieuwoudt.

Limited Edition, A4 format in both soft and hardcover. In the retail only available from The Aviation Shop and as from today at The Aviation Shop stall in Hangar 2 at AAD 2018.

Source: Karel Zaayman at The Aviation Shop...
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Zulu Foxtrot Reloaded: More Life and Death with Koevoet, by Arn Durand

The terrorist was caught between our two Casspirs. Mandume, kolomesho, kolomesho, fok links, verby hulle,’ (left, left, fuck left drive past) I shouted down to Mandume and Mandume swung our Casspir to the left. As Boats’ Casspir was about to pass ours he opened fire with his .50 Browning. A long burst erupted and the insurgent was blown to hell and gone by the rounds while their driver Abraham drove their Casspir straight over the insurgent. My only concern was who would be paid the kopgeld?’ (b...
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The SAAF at war 1940-1984 - Bouwer & Louw

The SAAF At War 1940-1984 by JS Bouwer & MN Louw. First edition (becoming rapidly more scarce) published in 1989. Large format hardcover with dust jacket, 220 pages with index. Profusely illustrated with b/w and colour photographs, many from private collections. Lots of previously unseen Border War history. Also chapter on SWA Namibia and Angola. Excellent

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET


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