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THE DURBAN LIGHT INFANTRY: (1854 - 2011): An Illustrated History, by Brian Kearney

In November 1942, 48 hours after the great battle of El Alamein, Col Butler-Porter of the RDLI had a visit from General Montgomery, full of congratulations for ‘that very fine Royal Regiment’. This is the pictorial story of that ‘very fine’ regiment – a remarkable institution which has served the country and Durban for over 150 years and seen extraordinary and illustrious service in widely different situations, such as the deserts of Egypt and Libya; the bush of South West Africa and Ovamboland;...
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Platoon 3, by Tim Ramsden

“This is a story common to tens of thousands; called up, broken down, trained and thrust into action.”
In 1984, as an eighteen-year-old school leaver, the author was conscripted into a chaotic world of strict order, intense discipline and subtle brain washing, moulding him into a proud well trained 1SAI Ratel soldier.
On the SWA/Namibian/Angolan border patrolling through the bush under heavy rainfall and extreme heat, the platoon formed unbreakable bonds of camaraderie.
The shee...
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THE HOBBY HORSEMEN. OPERATION SAVANNAH. The Clandestine War January - April 1976, by Roy L. Jackson

From the author: Full colour cover on 300gsm board, pulled on after section stitching of the body of the book, printed in black on imported white 80 gsm bond paper. The cover is finished with a coat of UV filter varnish. I have gone to great pains to select the best materials and workmanship as a tribute to those who served with me.

I know that the book will be handed down to great grand-children one day, and I want it to have stood the test of time.
They really have bee...
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Operation Askari 1983/84 War Journal, by Lt Col Dawid Lotter (Ret)

Operation Askari, December 1983 and January 1984, was the end of the beginning of the Bush War. Due to increasing instability in Angola, since 1975, the South African Defence Force was galvanized into developing new weapon systems and tactics. Operation Askari was the sixth large-scale cross-border operation into Angola and signified a clear watershed in both military and political policies for the future. The South Africans launched conventional attacks on a wide front deep into Southern Angola...
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ANGOLA: The War (DVD), by Peter Lamberti

A faraway war… A clash of ideologies… And some of the biggest battles fought on African soil since World War Two. For twenty-three years, five western nations, members of the Soviet bloc and two superpowers were locked into a war never formally declared. The South African Defence Force pitted against communist Angolans, SWAPO, Cubans, and Russians.
It all began in 1966. Once the Draft started, every able-bodied white South African male was called up for service. They were forced to adapt,...
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The Tall Assassin: The Darkest Political Murders of the Old South Africa, by Alan D. Elsdon

General Hendrik van den Bergh, head of Security Police and BOSS, was for many, the most feared man in the Apartheid-era South Africa. He reigned in terror and was a noted personality among Cold War spies. This book, by a former member of the Security Police, implicates him in the murders of HF Verwoerd, Steve Biko, Dr Robert Smit and his wife, professor Johan Heyns and others. For the first time the meaning of the mysterious word RAUTEM is revealed
Paperback, 240 pages. Published 2011 ...
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Die Lang Generaal - Die duistere politieke sluipmoorde van die ou Suid Afrika, deur Alan D. Elsdon

Generaal Lang Hendrik van den Bergh, oud-hoof van die Veiligheidspolisie en hoof van BOSS, was vir baie die mees gevreesde man in apartheid-era Suid-Afrika. Selfs internasionaal was hy 'n gerekende figuur onder Koue Oorlog-spioene. Hierdie boek deur 'n oud-veiligheidspolisieman, verbind hom met die moorde van HF Verwoerd,Steve Biko, Dr Robert Smit en sy vrou, professor Johan Heyns en andere. Vir die eerste keer word die betekenis van die kriptiese woord RAUTEM onthul.
Sagteband, 246 blads...
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SIGNAL UNITS Of The South African Corps Of Signals And Related Signal Services, by Walter Volker

The book, entitled ‘Signal Units Of The South Africa Corps Of Signals And Related Signal Services’ represents one of the most comprehensive collection of regimental and unit histories ever published in one volume in South Africa. It is also the first time that the histories of many of the signal regiments and other units will be published and available to the general public, and will most probably – together with its two companion volumes - prove to be the book of reference on army signals in So...
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77 years of NA Harvard under Southern African Skies, a pictorial history 1940-2017, by Winston Brent

History of the South African Harvard including the individual histories of all currently surviving Ex SAAF Harvards all over the world

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1920-1995, The Pride of the Nation, a short history of the SAAF, by C.J. Nöthling, D. Becker

Short history of the South African Air force hightlighting all major operations in war and peace up till 1995. Many interesting pictures add to the value

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South African Colours & Markings 8, by Piet van Schalkwyk, William Marshall

* SAAF Spitfire - Part 2
* The Mirage III in SAAF Service - Part 1
* 6 SA Armoured Division - More new Information
* SADF Operation Savannah - 1975

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Armourers Anonymous, from Sticks and stones to mass destruction, the story of an SAAF Armourer, by Willie Burger

Armourers Anonymous is a great read, that will appeal to a wide spectrum of readers interested in military subjects. For the history buff, this book provides an informative glimpse into the evolution of aircraft armament. And for any other person interested in things military, it describes the South African Air Force armourer's role punctuated by hilarious situations that occurred during the author's career as an armourer. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to restore and maintain ...
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35 Years of Air Force Base Hoedspruit, South Africa, by Winston Brent

Winston Brent has been commissioned by the OC AFB Hoedspruit to produce a booklet to celebrate their 35th Anniversary on Saturday, 29 June 2013, at the Drakensig Recreational Area.
It is in full colour with a few historic sepia and B&W images, and is very much a pictorial. Total images excluding images of all the Base OCs is 120.

The booklet contains a brief history of the Base and all the units that have served there or which are still current on the base.

The printru...
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Pirates of 24, a pictorial tribute to the Buccaneer S MK50 (SAAF), by Johan Conradie

Johan Conradie and his friends of no24 sq have compiled the unique History of The Buccaneer in South African Service. It will be a 4-book series at the end of the day and uniquely SAAF Buccaneer in every possible way. Because the actual crews have contributed towards the content, it makes it even more unique as man and machine come together with the action of the Bush war years.

Revenues of thsi book will also be used to maintain the 2 Buccanneers (414 and 421) at the SAAF Museum, one...
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Buccaneers of 24 Squadron - Book 1 - The Beginning, by Johan Conradie

This is the story of The Beginning of the SAAF Buccaneers S Mk50 and their service in 24 Squadron. Lt Gen Mike Muller – former 24 Sqn Buccaneer Pilot and retired Chief of The Air Force who was involved with the Buccaneer project from the start: “The first time I laid eyes on the Buccaneer, was after dark in a small WW II type hangar at the Blackburn airfield, Holme - on -Spalding Moor near Brough. That already emphasised the size of the Buccaneer, but I will never forget the magic of that first ...
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Sumbe (2012), a film directed by Eduardo Moyà

Sumbe, a movie by Eduardo Moya about Cuba’s military involvement in the Angolan war against colonialism and apartheid, is currently being shown in Havana cinemas.

It’s the morning of March 24, 1984. Cuban teachers, construction workers and doctors who are serving in that Angolan town have completed their mission, so that night they’ll celebrate a collective anniversary as well as a wedding.

After confirming no danger of an attack or enemy infiltration, each person goes to ...
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Teenage Safari: A South African Conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia, by Evan Davies

A wide-eyed South African conscript relates his small share of the war in Angola and Namibia in the 1980s. This is not the usual military history, written by a commander armed with facts, nor a researched story of a war or campaign.

It is a personal experience. Being brutally honest it will resonate not only with readers of all things military but also with a wider literary audience, for its poetic prose and subtle sentiments, and for its entertaining narrative. It may thus be of int...
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Mobile Warfare for Africa: On the Successful Conduct of Wars in Africa and Beyond, by Roland de Vries, Camille Burger & Willem Steenkamp

Presenting a remarkable amount of experience drawing primarily from South Africa’s Border War in the form of case studies, supported fully by an extensive number of photographs and specially commissioned maps, this study has applications for historians, researchers, and contemporary military practice.

This is an easy-to-read book with many real-life case-studies and examples which presents a yardstick for the enhancement of contemporary combat practises. In this context, the Namibian-...
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Angola in the frontline, by Michael Wolfers and Jane Bergerol

Angola in the Frontline is a comprehensive account of the country's struggle since independence in 1975 to build a new society. Based on published and unpublished materials, interviews with key figures and the author's own observation, this book explores what MPLA has been able to achieve on the road to socialism.

Part One tells how a free Angola were born in 1975-76 out of war with South Africa, Zaire and the West's Angolan proteges. It shows the military response of its fledgling ar...
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A FNLA EM ANGOLA - Luanda 1975, Edição Ministério de Informação da República Popular de Angola

Este livro foi editado nos finais de 1975, pelo MPLA e o seu Ministro da Informação Manuel Rui Monteiro, pretendendo denunciar as actividades da organização liderada por Holden Roberto, classificada pelo governo de Luanda de imperialista e reaccionária, que combateria os interesses do povo e que praticaria crimes e actos contra os direitos do homem.

Nas fotografias, pretende-se denunciar estes comportamentos com imagens do interior das delegações da FNLA em Luanda, onde se praticaria...
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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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