ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jack Greeff, born in the Free State town of Vrede, joined the SADF as a boy soldier at the age of 16 and became the youngest member of the Permanent Force to complete the tough Part One Instructor's Course at the Infantry School at Oudtshoorn. After five years service with 5 South African Infantry Battalion, both as an instructor and as a platoon sergeant in the operational area, he passed selection for the Recces and qualified as a combat operator. He served in the Recces for 11 years and was the recipient of the Golden Operator's Badge for 10 or more years as a combat operator in Special Forces. He became one of the most decorated soldiers in the SADF - all awarded for achievements and bravery during special operations. This included a well-deserved Honoris Crux. After rising to the rank of major he resigned to pursue a career as a game ranger. He has since successfully directed anti-poaching operations, firstly in South Africa's world-renowned Kruger National Park and later elsewhere in Africa.
A Greater Share Of Honour: The Memoirs Of A Recce Officer - Major Jack Greeff
Excellent, well written and binding
Steeped in Secrecy, Major Greeff takes the reader through the formation and background of the South African Reconnaissance Commando from Operation Savannah the start of the Angolan Conflict. Through inception and training as a Small Team Operator to Small Team Operations carried out thousands of kilometres from home, without any support if discovered and captured. Small Team "Close in Reconnaissance" was vital to provide Real Time Intelligence used in the Planning Phase of much larger Operations and the accuracy and depth of Intelligence gathered was an important factor in the success of Strategic Operations carried out by the Reconnaissance Kommando.
Kevin Bewick Intelligence Analyst.
Very interesting book. I had to slow down so as not to finish it too quickly
Jack Greef's memoir of life in the Recces joins those of Koos Stadler (Recce!) and Andre Diedies Diedericks (Journey Without Boundaries) on my bookshelf. Each brings his own unique perspective, and major Greef's story is compelling and well written in a rough-and-ready sort of way. Greef comes across as an honest man, not given to bragging, but at the same time unafraid of the truth. For anyone interested in clandestine operations by small teams, this book is a must. There is so much far-fetched urban legend and barroom bullshit going around about the Recces that I found it refreshing and very informative to be told what I have no doubt is the truth behind the rumours. Well done Major Greef, and thank you for your service in far away places while we slept secure at home.