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PROJECT SAVANNAH: Recreating the battles of Operation Savannah, 1975-76
 
The Concept

PROJECT SAVANNAH: My latest project planned will include a hard-cover A4-sized book on the entire Operation Savannah with full colour maps and as many photos as I am allowed to publish.... But what will make this project very much different from any other, will be the FULL CAMPAIGN REFIGHT SYSTEM that I want to include as part of the "SET" This will include a campaign map fixed on 6 sets of 4x4-page A4-sized hardboards, designed to fold up like in the photos below, resulting in a fully assembled map of Angola and the Savannah battlefields that will be at least 224 cm wide and 252 cm tall. A faint white-coloured hexagonal grid will be printed along all the allowed movement routes which will allow the rule system to govern realistically controlled movement by all forces and not allow participants too much leeway to spring unexpected surprises on an unsuspecting enemy. The idea is to provide a reasonably accurate and attractive-looking map that will not only display the pre-1976 place names and terrain features, but also the position of every encounter and battle of the campaign. With the book as reference the map itself will be a great companion to the text!

The three photos below show a 4xA4-sized hardboard backed fold-out map system in a semi-open, semi closed and then two 4 sets closed and stacked for minimal storage space. Considering that this is only one-quarter of ONE of the six sets required to assemble the entire battlefield, you will get an idea of the sheer size of the complete map (there will be 24x4-board sets in total).

The last photo shows a much scaled-down section of the A1 Map Sheet section, which is the south-western to south-central areas of Angola, just to give you an idea of what it will look like. This is about 1/6th of the entire map and its 16 boards will measure about 112 cm wide and 77 cm high.

The CAMPAIGN REFIGHT SYSTEM will also include cardboard counters depicting all the units involved in the fighting so that parts of the map could effectively be used as a boardgame on which the battles could be recreated or refought. Here is your chance to not just be "rower" on the ground, but a commander of a combat group or team, having to make some desperate decisions which may either save or cost precious South African soldiers' lives!

Maybe THIS time.. with YOU in charge, the South African forces will not turn back within sight of Luanda again! More importantly, the system will recreate the circumstances and situations before each battle as scenarios, which will not only enlighten you but endow you with sudden comprehension of the situation as it then was. That is the general idea...

The boardgame will then also become the foundation from which you can expand into proper table-top wargaming, by gradually replacing counters with models, and mapboards with constructed terrain. I am hoping to expand each and every battle into a separate scenario which will be based on additional 1:200,000 topographical maps in a similar way, using micro warfare rules that will enable you to refight it either as a boardgame or on the tabletop as a true wargamer! These scenarios could then be made available as separate additional or optional "modules" so that you can chose ONLY the battles you specifically have an interest in!

In short, after this long story, I just want to gauge your response and opinions on something like this. It will cost me a great deal of effort, time and money, and won't be a cheap, affordable product that you could buy off the shelf. Printing and binding costs are through the roof and I suspect that there might only be a very small demand for something as specialized (and costly) as this.

Your opinions are much valued, gents, especially the Savannah Veterans

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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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