The book gives a good idea of the actual contact with the terrorists/opposition on company and bataljon level.As one of the section leaders of A company platoon 1 -1sai (4sai) actual contact with the enemy on platoon and section level more description and photos required.This book takes you back 35 years on memories of the actual war at cuvelai in Angola.Great book.
In my review of Spine of Delta (below), I mistakenly referred to the author, Lt Col Dawid Lotter, as Major Lotter. I apologise for my error, and hope that readers of my review note this correction.
When I started reading the book, I wasn't comfortable with the style - passages of text interspersed with lots of quotes from troops and officers who took part in Ops Askari - but by the time the book got past the preparations and into the action, I was thoroughly enjoying it. Maj Lotter comes across as an honest soldier with great concern for his troops. He includes quotes that are critical of him, and leaves it to the reader to decide. The book hides nothing, and covers some aspects of Ops Askari that have raised controversy ever since, for example the poor condition of their equipment (a single cocking ratchet had to be shared between four or five Ratel 20s), the desperate advance on Cuvelai, ringed with minefields and defended by T55 tanks, and the so-called "mutiny" of the Campers because of the battle conditions and poor or absent leadership element. The descriptions of the battle by Maj Lotter and other men who were there on the day are at once deeply touching and very informative. Whether you are a military historian or a Bush War veteran, you will find this book of great value. Well done, Major Lotter, and well done the troops who fought at Cuvelai.