Piet Nortje’s military career began in 1978, when he joined the former SADF Permanent Force. His involvement with 32 Battalion started in the same year, where he rose rapidly through the ranks. In 1984 he was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major of 32 Battalion, the youngest RSM ever in the SADF. Although his involvement with 32 Battalion came to an end in 1988, he continued to serve in the SANDF until his resignation in 2005. He is now a Major in the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and the author of 32 Battalion and The Terrible Ones.
Well informative reading.
Piet Nortje writes very well. The Battle of Savate is to this day shrouded in secrecy and we get conflicting reports from various stakeholders. Piet Nortje, a former RSM of 32 Battalion, was there throughout the action and gives a unique perspective on what was probably the Buffaloes finest hour. For me personally there is a little too much of the goings-on surrounding the operation and the way it was handled, but the vivid description of the actual battle more than makes up for that. Well done on writing an important piece of history, Major Nortje.
What can i say? An incredible piece of work that opens one's eyes to what can happen in the heat of war. Well researched and written - definitely one of the best works that i have read (so far) on the conflict. Piet doesn't pull any punches in this book and definitely exposes a couple of unscrupulous individuals. Was definitely an eye opener for me and worthy of all 5 stars
Would i recommend it ? Definitely !!!!
During May 1980, I was a standard 4 (Grade 6) scholar at primary school, oblivious of what really are going on within the world â not to mention specifically within South Africa, due to the Media censoring / manipulation of the then Government . I become aware of the Battle of Savate, due to the various books that I was reading about the SA Military and some of its military operations. For me as an individual, and I am by no means a subject matter expert, this book is the most informative and objective piece of history available to the general public, especially for those that has an interest in Military history.
This was a classic example of a âDavid versus Goliath Battleâ and in French the word SAVATE, means kick boxing, rightly the author also give acknowledgement and recognition, to the soldiers that had been involved within the Battle via the nominal roll and his tribute to the fallen soldiers that has sacrificed with their lives.
Even though that 32 Battalion, had been betrayed by the apartheid government and those in power, no person or power will be able to destroy 32 Battalions legacy, due to authors such as Piet Nortje and others, which refuse to remain silent!!
Rightly so, 32 Battalion âKicked the enemyâs Buttâ I can with all confidence, recommend this book!!