I spent 16 months in Kaokoland during 1984 and 1985. This book brought so many memories back. The book is not a single author’s version of stories but was written by the individuals who spent time there. The book also allowed me to share stories and photos with my family. It will have a special place in my book collection. Well done to all involved in the creation of the book!
This book is about the people of 102BN , not just the SharePoint soldiers but the story told through the experiences of a child of war how she at age 5 used to practice hiding in case swapo came down, or the PF wife who had to deal with a very sick child all alone, The PF wife who was alone when given birth as her husband was in Angola , The challenges of national serves men and 'Campers ' Its a story of INF /SAPPERS / TIFFIES /AIRFORCE /DRIVERS each story is in each person language no editing just plain facts, no GV storyies just men woman and kids doing their best, to make Koakoland home,
This was an enjoyable and entertaining book. For once it is not a book about hereos, but a story told by people of different walks of life, who in thier own way were the untold hereos.
It was good to read and hear how other people experienced the "War in the mountains". Many untold stories came to light and good and sad moments were shared by those who were involved. There were many detailed events that engulfed my imagination, and I felt like I was living the moment with the storytellers.
This book presents the personal experiences of a conflict in a region of the world so remote that few people may even know of its existence. So far as I am aware no history that has been written or ever will be written can capture the essence of this period, as this collection of stories most assuredly does. Those who were there will know that these words come from the heart and speak to the soul. Those who knew about this, but were not there will gain a new understanding and appreciation for those who were involved. Those who are completely new to this will discover a land at the edge of the world which is as far removed from the ordinary as is possible to imagine. Finally, for those who would write a history of this War In The Mountains, these first hand accounts will prove to be an indispensable source.
Being part of the Unit in the early 80s it was great to see through the book how things developed over time. This is not a thriller but a true account of a unit and its men over time. The personal accounts and things that they remembered so that they would not be forgotten in Years to come. Not a lot has been published or spoken about when it comes to 102 BN as it was a forgotten unit fighting in a environment that no other unit had to contend with. This comes out in the book and makes for a good read and a good understanding of what these men had to endure from a physicals aspect. Lots of humor is also build into it as well to show that these Vets were not some gung-ho unit but brothers in arms !!