I have read and reread this book. Dave Mannall has mastered the art of changing facts into a binding story line. This not only provides a good insight into the battle at ground level but somehow managed to carry across something of the atmosphere... the tention, fear, dust, diesel fumes, tranquility of the African bush, heat, mosquitos and flies. Well done!!. A salute to the 61Meg boys!!
Thoroughly enjoyed the account by Dave Mannall. Really well written presenting his personnel encounter of the happenings, trauma, the good and bad things experienced. Salute to those who were there, 61 mech and all the support battalions, tiffies and others. A cold fact no bullshit style was really appreciated with a vivid and moving account of how things were. Well done Dave Mannall, really enjoyed and ranks top of my list.
An exceptional story about exceptional men. Couldn't put it down!
Dave Mannall gives a historic, personal account of battles near Cuito Cuanavale near the end of the Bush War. There is so much hype, propaganda, and misinformation about the last major SADF action of the war, that Dave's book comes like a cold shower, rebooting all the bull and putting an intensely human perspective on South Africa's war effort. His description of battle are amongst the most vivid, moving, and evocative I've ever read. Arguably one of the top four Bush War books I have in my library, along with Fred Bridgeland's Cuito Cuanavale, Justin taylor's A Whisper in the Reeds, and Douw Steyn's Iron Fist from the Sea. Thank you, Dave Mannall, well done.
Enjoyed the book.got a totally new perspective on armour ops.