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South Africa's Border War, 1966-89 Hardcover – February, 1992
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I highly recommend this book for anymore who wants really know about, and understand the conflicts the SADF fought in, with courage and tenacity....
Despite all these factors, the "south africa border war" is one of the most overlooked conflicts by the serious student of contemporary military history. Thankfully, this book comes to solve this problem. It is not the definitive book on the subject but it is a coureagous and articulated work which tries to give a general survey of the issue. In that aspect, mr. Steenkamp succeds reasonably well: the book has a reasonable structure and offers a wealth of graphic documentation, and despite the fact of the writer having fought in this war, it is a quite unprejudiced book which offers a balanced point of view about this protracted war. However more raw military data (please more TOEs and orders of battle) as well as a bibliography would have enriched the book.
At this respect, the writer (as well as those readers with an interest on the subject of the modern african wars) should have as a reference the excellent volume -regrettably written only in portuguese- about the colonial wars of this county in Africa:"Os anos da guerra colonial" by Aniceto Afonso and Carlos de Matos Gomes.
The book is a large coffee-table format and going with the size, it includes an absolutely outstanding range of photos. I've got friends who were there, they've browsed through this book and said "ag nie manne, that was what it was like!" One of my friends was based in a military outpost photo'd in the book and he pointed out all the camp's features from the photo. It's that kind of book - if you get a chance to pick up a copy, grab it with both hands and your feet as well - it's worth it. And the author knows what he's talking about, he was there.
I highly recommend this book for anymore who wants really know about, and understand the conflicts the SADF fought in, with courage and tenacity.
are all there. A must - read for war buffs, particularly those who are interested in the making of
today's Southern Africa.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good account of a long-drawn-out conflict (in which I was a reluctant participant). Doesn't go into much detail, but provides a useful overview.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
very comprehensive the amount of research I cant comprehend !!! if yo want overview of this period this is the only recount neededPublished 15 months ago by Kal Lester
As a veteran of the campaign, this brought some memories. A very good book for anyone interested in the forgotten bush-wars of the time.Published 16 months ago by Andrew C