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Steve Joubert had always wanted to be a pilot and the only way he could afford to do so, was to join the South African Air Force in the late 1970's. As an adventurous young man with a wicked sense of humour, he tells of the many amusing escapades he had as a trainee pilot. But soon he is sent to fight in the Border War in northern Namibia (then South West Africa) where he is exposed to the carnage of war.

The pilots of the Alouette helicopters were witness to some of the worst scenes of the Border War. Often, they were the first to arrive after a deadly landmine accident. In the fiercest battles their gunships regularly supplied life-saving air cover to troops on the ground. Joubert describes the horrors of war and talks openly about its impact on him, but also how he had to suppress his emotions to survive. He had several hair-raising experiences and was nearly shot down a few times.

A born maverick, he became increasingly disillusioned by the war effort and by what he saw as the mindless hierarchy of the army. In essence a powerful anti-war plea, this book also aims to encourage veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder to share their stories and seek help.

 About the Author:

STEVE JOUBERT reported for national service at the South African Air Force Gymnasium in January 1976 to follow his childhood ambition to become an Air Force pilot. He was awarded his Pilot’s Wings as a member of Pupil Pilot’s Course 1/77.

This book is primarily about the years which followed when Joubert flew Alouette III gunships in the Border War as a member of 17 Squadron. He later flew Dakota DC3s at 44 Squadron before leaving the SAAF in 1985 to pursue a business career.

Steve is married to Diane. Between them they have a daughter, four sons and four granddaughters.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Chris Bosman

Not ever in my days did I think I would come across such a whiny piece of trash. One big apology from start to end. No honour. Not sure in what bubble this guy was, but it was not in my war.

Albert Snyman

Very different than the other buh war books I have read but interesting to see it from his perspective.

Faan Burger

Baie spyt ek het dit gekoop, dit gaan meer oor sy siening as wat dit gaan oor wat die titel sê.

Mark Highton
Gunship over Angola

Well written, easy read with humour throughout. Well recommended

Trevor Plint
Gunship Over Angola

Great book. Well written and certainly brings back memories of a time in my life which I spent in Owambo and Angola. Well done.


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