Battle For Cassinga: South Africa's Controversial Cross-border Raid, Angola 1978 - Mike McWilliams

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 3 BATTLE FOR CASSINGA  Battle for Cassinga is written as a first-hand account by an ordinary South African paratrooper who was at the 1978 assault on the Angolan headquarters of PLAN, the armed wing of SWAPO. The book relates why the South African government took the political risk in attacking the fortress in an external operation and...

BIAFRA: The Nigerian Civil War: 1967–1970 (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 16 BIAFRA: The Nigerian Civil War: 1967–1970 Nigeria was a unique concept in the formation of modern Africa. It began life as a highly lucrative if climatically challenging holding of the Royal Niger Company, a British Chartered Company under the control of Victorian capitalist Sir George Taubman Goldie. It was handed over to indigenous rule in 1960...

BUSH WAR RHODESIA 1966-1980 (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 17 BUSH WAR RHODESIA 1966-1980 It has been over three decades since the Union Jack was lowered on the colony of Rhodesia, but the bitter and divisive civil war that preceded it has continued to endure as a textbook counter-insurgency campaign fought between a mobile, motivated and highly trained Rhodesian security establishment and two constituted liberations movements motivated,...

Congo Unravelled: Military Operations from Independence to the Mercenary Revolt, 1960–68 - Andrew Hudson

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 6 CONGO UNRAVELLED: Military Operations from Independence to the Mercenary Revolt, 1960–68 “Clearly and comprehensively explains the intrigues of the Congo wars” –Colonel Mike Hoare Post-independence events in the Republic of the Congo are a veritable Gordian knot. The ambitions of Congolese political leaders, Cold War rivalry, Pan-Africanism, Belgium’s continued economic interests in the country’s mineral wealth,...

France In Centrafique: From Bokassa And Operation Barracuda To The Days Of EUFOR (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 2 FRANCE IN CENTRAFIQUE France in Centrafrique explores the early colonial and post-colonial history of French Equatorial Africa with a particular emphasis on the role of the Central African Republic in the Second World War and the Free French Movement. One of the key figures to emerge from this period, and a man who would shape the modern...

Libyan Air Wars: Part 1 1973-1985 (Tom Cooper, Albert Grandolini & Arnaud Delalande)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 19 LIBYAN AIR WARS: PART 1 1973-1985 Between 1973 and 1989, various Western powers and Libya were entangled in a seemingly never-ending exchange of blows. Supposedly launched in retaliation for one action or the other, this confrontation resulted in a number of high-profile, even though low-scale, clashes between the Libyan Arab Air Force (LAAF), the US Navy...

MAU MAU: The Kenyan Emergency 1952–60 (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 7 MAU MAU: THE KENYAN EMERGENCY 1952–60 The Second World War forever altered the complexion of the British Empire. From Cyprus to Malaya, from Borneo to Suez, the dominoes began to fall within a decade of peace in Europe. Africa in the late 1940s and 1950s was energized by the grant of independence to India, and the...

Operation Dingo: Rhodesian Raid On Chimoio And Tembue 1977 - JRT Wood

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 1 OPERATION DINGO: Rhodesian Raid On Chimoio And Tembue, 1977 Startling in its innovation and daringly suicidal, Operation Dingo was not only the Fireforce concept writ large but the prototype for all the major Rhodesian airborne attacks on the external bases of Rhodesian African nationalist insurgents in the neighboring territories of Mozambique and Zambia until such operations ceased...

Rhodesian Fire Force 1966 -1980 (Kerrin Cocks)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 20 RHODESIAN FIRE FORCE 1966-1980 On 11 November 1965, Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith unilaterally declared his country independent of Britain. International sanctions were immediately instituted against the minority white regime as Robert Mugabe’s ZANLA and Joshua Nkomo’s ZIPRA armies commenced their armed struggle, the Chimurenga, the war of liberation. As Communist-trained guerrillas flooded the country, the...

SAAF's Border War: The South African Air Force In Combat 1966-89 (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 8 SAAF'S BORDER WAR South African Mirages and Cuban MiG-21s dogfighting over Cuito Cuanavale, the largest tank battle on African soil since El Alamein; Puma troopships shot out of the skies by Strela missiles and RPG-7 rockets; Alouette III gunships hovering menacingly above Koevoet tracker-combat teams as they close in for the kill; Hercules and Transall transports disgorging...

Selous Scouts: Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 4 SELOUS SCOUTS: Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists "Its members consisted of some of the finest guerrilla-fighting men in the western world, unconventional in many ways, disregardful of parade-ground discipline, unorthodox in their dress, yet a force so tightly knit in the face of danger that those who knew anything about them could only marvel" - The Citizen. Formed in 1973...

SOMALIA: US Intervention 1992–1994 (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 9 SOMALIA: US INTERVENTION 1992-1994 The end of the Cold War introduced an altered global dynamic. The old bond of East/West patronage in Africa was broken, weakening the first crop of independent revolutionary leadership on the continent who no longer had the support of one or other of the superpowers. With collapse of the Soviet Union, all this...

The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Cold War Angolan Finale, 1987-1988 - Leopold Scholtz

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 26 The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Cold War Angolan Finale, 1987-1988 In the broad history of the Cold War, the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale was the climax of a far-off, but nonetheless important African war. It was waged between the apartheid South African Defence Force (SADF) and the armed forces of the communist MPLA government in Angola...

The Flechas: Insurgent Hunting In Eastern Angola, 1965-1974 - John P Cann

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 11 THE FLECHAS In 1961, Portugal found itself fighting a war to retain its colonial possessions and preserve the remnants of its empire. It was almost completely unprepared to do so, and this was particularly evident in its ability to project power and to control the vast colonial spaces in Africa. Following the uprisings of March of 1961...

The Fuzileiros: Portuguese Marines in Africa, 1961-1974 (John P Cann)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 25 The Fuzileiros: Portuguese Marines in Africa, 1961-1974 In 1961, Portugal found itself fighting a war to retain its colonial possessions and preserve the remnants of its Empire. It was almost completely unprepared to do so, and this was particularly evident in its ability to project power and to control the vast colonial spaces of Africa. Following...

The Great Lakes Conflagration: Second Congo War 1998–2003 (Tom Cooper)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 14 THE GREAT LAKES CONFLAGRATION: Second Congo War 1998–2003 Great Lakes Conflagration is the second in two volumes covering military operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the turn from the 21st century. This volume explores developments in the DRC that led to the outbreak of violence in August 1998, and systematically details the continued...

The Great Lakes Holocaust: First Congo War, 1996 - 1997 (Tom Cooper)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 13 THE GREAT LAKES HOLOCAUST: First Congo War, 1996 - 1997 Great Lakes Holocaust is the first in two volumes covering military operations in Zaire – as the Congo was named from 1971 until 1997 – and the Democratic Republic of Congo at the turn of the 21st century. This volume explores the events of the 1980s...

Wings Over Ogaden: The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79 - Tom Cooper

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 18 Wings Over Ogaden: The Ethiopian-Somali War 1978-79 With Ethiopia in disarray following a period of severe internal unrest and the spread of insurgencies in Eritrea and Tigray, Ethiopia and its armed forces should have offered little opposition to well-equipped Somali armed forces which were unleashed to capture Ogaden, in July 1977. However, excellently trained pilots of...

Zambezi Valley Insurgency: Early Rhodesian Bush War Operations - JRT Wood

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 5 ZAMBEZI VALLEY INSURGENCY Across Africa in the post-1956 era, the aspirations of African nationalists to secure power were boosted and quickly realized by the British, French and Belgian hasty retreat from empire. The Portuguese, Southern Rhodesian and South African governments, however, stood firm. Influenced by the Communist bloc, these nationalists adopted the ‘Armed Struggle’. In the...