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The Battle in Bangui: The Untold Inside Story - Helmoed Romer Heitman

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This publication is a “must read” for everyone in uniform as well as those charged with decision-making in the South African military, particularly the SA National Defence Force’s political masters.Written by top South African defence analyst Helmoed Romer Heitman, “The Battle in Bangui: The Untold Inside Story” gives an insight into just how bravely the outnumbered contingent of South African...

Executive Outcomes: Against All Odds - Eeben Barlow (Revised Edition)

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Executive Outcomes was already well known to several governments and private corporations before it exploded into controversy in 1993 after entering into a contract with Angola’s FAA to train a brigade-level force to decisively end their decades-old conflict with UNITA. It was also well known to those involved in fermenting conflicts in order to topple African governments with a view...

KOEVOET: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway

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This is the story of one of the world's most effective Special Forces units told by the men who served in it. Breaking with conventional military thinking, the South African Police created Koevoet by refining the concept of the counter-insurgency group pioneered in Rhodesia during the Bush War in order to provide up-to-date intelligence about an elusive enemy. Now at...

A Greater Share Of Honour: The Memoirs Of A Recce Officer - Major Jack Greeff

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As a young Staff Sergeant in the Recces, Jack Greeff became one of the most decorated soldiers in the SADF. Leading two-man reconnaissance patrols deep into enemy held territories and operating under the noses of the enemy, they collected vital strategic information on enemy movements and installations.  Using the information gathered, he led raiding parties to the targets to execute...

Journey Without Boundaries: The Operational Life & Experiences Of A SA Special Forces Small Team Operator - Col Andre Diedericks

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This is the extraordinary tale of an extraordinary man. An honestly told story of his military career, of a man who was twice decorated for valour, who pioneered and developed the concept of "small team reconnaissance" within the South African Special Forces. He was a consummate warrior and gentleman and has told his story with humility and a disarming sense...

SPECIAL FORCES: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway & Douw Steyn

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True to the nature of Special Forces, the South African Recces started small but had a big impact. This iconic group went on to gain international renown as one of the world’s finest, focusing on counter-insurgency, strategic reconnaissance, sabotage and direct action. SASF SPECIAL FORCES provides a comprehensive account of the origins and history of this famous group as told...

SPECIAL AIR SERVICE: The Men Speak - Jonathan Pittaway

R 2,500.00

Until now little has been known about the Rhodesian contribution to the history of the SAS. Now at last the men themselves tell their own stories of the exploits of that Special Forces unit during the Bush War and the years before. SAS Rhodesia provides a comprehensive account of the origins and history of this famous Special Forces unit, as told...

A Handful of Hard Men: The SAS and the Battle for Rhodesia - Hannes Wessels

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During the West’s great transition into the post-Colonial age, the country of Rhodesia refused to succumb quietly and throughout the 1970s fought back almost alone against Communist-supported elements that it did not believe would deliver proper governance. During this long war many heroes emerged, but none more skilful and courageous than Captain Darrell Watt of the Rhodesian SAS, who placed...

"Mad Mike"Hoare: The Legend - Chris Hoare

R 750.00

Colonel Mike Hoare led 300 ‘Wild Geese’ across the Congo to crush a communist rebellion, rescue 2000 nuns and priests from barbarity, beat Che Guevara … and become a legend. Of Irish blood, Mike was schooled in England and, during World War 2, was the ‘best bloody soldier in the British Army’. He demobbed as major, qualified in London as...

We Fear Naught But God: The Pictorial Edition of the South African Special Forces - Paul J Els

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The first ever Special Forces for the SADF started with a small group of eleven men under the command of Commandant Jan Breytenbach all handpicked by him in 1970. They commenced their training in Oudtshoorn and all 11 men did specialised courses in something they were not qualified for in as yet. e.g. divers, demolition, parachute jumping. etc. The group...

Battle On The Lomba 1987: A Crew Commander's Account - David Mannall

R 550.00

The climactic death-throes of Soviet Communism during the 1980's included a last-gasp attempt at strategic franchise expansion in Southern Africa. Channelled through Castro's Cuba, oil-rich Angolan armed forces (FAPLA) received billions of dollars of advanced weaponry including MiG 23 and Sukhoi fighter jets, SAM 8 missile systems and thousands of armoured vehicles. Their   intent - to eradicate the US-backed Angolan opposition...

Iron Fist From The Sea: South Africa's Seaborne Raiders 1978-1988 - Douw Steyn & Arnè Söderlund

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This seminal work documents the clandestine seaborne operations undertaken by South Africa’s 4 Reconnaissance Commando Regiment. It breathtakingly reveals the versatility and effectiveness of this elite unit which worked with a range of other South African and Rhodesian forces, including the Rhodesian SAS, to engage in a range of raiding and war fighting activities. These operations saw the clandestine reconnaissance...

Operation Askari 1983/84: War Journal - Dawid Lotter

R 280.00

Operation Askari, December 1983 and January 1984, was the end of the beginning of the Bush War. Due to increasing instability in Angola, since 1975, the South African Defence Force was galvanized into developing new weapon systems and tactics. Operation Askari was the sixth largescale cross-border operation into Angola and signified a clear watershed in both military and political policies...

SPINE OF DELTA: Reflections on Operation Askari 1983/84 - Dawid Lotter

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Ops Askari was a large-scale, cross-border, mechanised operation launched by the South African Defence Force in November 1983. As is the nature with an assault like this, the constituent parts of Ops Askari was a complex blend of fighting men and support personnel from different Defence Force corps and combat disciplines. This account does not strive to recount the exploits...

Border War Badges: A Guide to South African Military & Police Badges (1964 - 1994) - Andrew Dinnes

R 450.00

This book covers South Africa, South West Africa and the Homelands Military and Police metal and cloth badges, flashes, stable belt buckles, buttons and brassards. The time frame is 1964-1994. There are 5969 actual full colour photographs of these items as well as descriptions on all items. This is a must have for Militaria collectors as well as all who...

The Fading Light - John Gartner

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The Fading Light: Memories of a Professional Soldier's Five Decades of War and Conflict in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. An Australian former Special Forces soldier describes his experiences and recollections of war and civil disturbance across continents and areas of conflict, interspersed with insights into the nature and character of his various employers, and insightful analysis of the...

Eagle Strike: The Story of the Controversial Airborne Assault on Cassinga 1978 - Col Jan Breytenbach

R 700.00

This is the story of an audacious, airborne assault, on 4 May 1978, on a SWAPO fortified base containing its military headquarters, logistical support, reserves and training facilities. The assault was supported by a very strong air strike by bombers and fighters as well as by air transport to drop the paratroopers into battle in one of the major, post...

Recce: A Collector's Guide To The History Of The South African Special Forces - Paul Matthysen, Matthew Kalkwarf & Michael Huxtable

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The quintessential professional-prepared to die for his country, but not trained to ... this is the elite 'Recce' soldier This book has been some 15 years in the making and can claim, with some justification, to be the definitive publication on the 'Recces', unlikely to be topped for many, many years. The South African Special Forces have invariably been portrayed...

Buried Behind The Wall - The Story Of Some Ordinary Soldiers Doing Extraordinary Things (DVD)

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This is a feature length documentary film about South Africa’s “Bush War”, which involved almost 600 000 white male conscripts. The film is told by soldiers who were actually there, on the front line. It is not a political statement nor is it a comprehensive historical blow by blow account. This film aims to look at the personal experiences of conscripts, citizen force...

Koevoet!: Experiencing South Africa's Deadly Bush War - Jim Hooper

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Koevoet! has been an global bestseller since its release over 20 years ago. This new edition goes far beyond the original in capturing the courage, fear and intensity of South Africa's deadly bush war. Never before had an outsider been given unrestricted access to Koevoet, the elite South West African Police counterinsurgency unit - also known as Operation K and...

Gunship Over Angola: The Story of a Maverick Pilot - Steve Joubert

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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...

Bush War Operator: Memoirs of the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Selous Scouts and Beyond - Andrew Balaam

R 550.00

From the searing heat of the Zambezi Valley to the freezing cold of the Chimanimani Mountains in Rhodesia, from the bars in Port St Johns in the Transkei to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, this is the story of one man's fight against terror, and his conscience. Anyone living in Rhodesia during the 1960s and 1970s would have had...

Combat: South Africa at War Along the Angolan Frontier (Hardcover) - Al J. Venter

R 750.00

Al Venter's latest book on South Africa's 23-year Border War along the Angolan frontier offers a host of new perspectives. These include details about units like the South African Air Force 44 Squadron which converted Dakota aircraft into flying gun platforms similar to those used in America's war in South-East Asia. He also has American nuclear specialist David Albright -...

The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Cold War Angolan Finale, 1987-1988 - Leopold Scholtz

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 26 The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale: Cold War Angolan Finale, 1987-1988 In the broad history of the Cold War, the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale was the climax of a far-off, but nonetheless important African war. It was waged between the apartheid South African Defence Force (SADF) and the armed forces of the communist MPLA government in Angola...

Mobile Warfare for Africa: On the Successful Conduct of Wars in Africa and Beyond - (Roland de Vries, Camille Burger & Willem Steenkamp)

R 750.00

Presenting a remarkable amount of experience drawing primarily from South Africa’s Border War in the form of case studies, supported fully by an extensive number of photographs and specially commissioned maps, this study has applications for historians, researchers, and contemporary military practice.This is an easy-to-read book with many real-life case-studies and examples which presents a yardstick for the enhancement of...

Specialised Cooking: THE RECCE WAY (Justin Vermaak & Douw Steyn)

R 350.00

Vulture soup, anyone? Or how about diesel-dipped dog biscuits as a side to some fried python? If you prefer something less severe, then how about having a braai on top of a submarine out in the middle of the ocean? The South African Special Forces, or Recces, are known for being fearless and tough. Not only must they pass a...

Surviving The Ride - Steve Camp & Helmoed Heitman

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Ever wanted to know how South Africa became a world leader in the field of mine-protected vehicles? How about the many prototypes developed in secrecy by South Africa during the 1970s and 1980s, in defiance of the UN-led international arms embargo against the country? You probably didn’t know that in the past 40 years South Africa has developed and manufactured over 200 different mine-protected vehicles and their...

The Saints: The Story Of The Rhodesian Light Infantry - Alex Binda

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At last! The history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry. We’ve seen the stories of the more ‘glamorous’ Selous Scouts, the SAS and the Rhodesian Air Force, but very little about the RLI, often underrated, but arguably one of the most effective counter-insurgency units of all time. This was the unit that brought the ‘Fireforce’ concept to the world’s attention - the...

Paratus: Nov 1970 to April 1994 (Digital Magazines on USB Drive)

R 600.00

Paratus - (Digital Magazines on USB Drive) Paratus was the SADF's official magazine from November 1970 up to April 1994, a total of 281 magazines. We've attempted to preserve these historical magazines and although initially printed on the least expensive and least durable paper, a high quality digital reproduction, scanned at 300dpi, is now available.  Format: PDF.  We acknowledge Walter...

Four Ball, One Tracer: Commanding Executive Outcomes In Angola And Sierra Leone - Roelf van Heerden as told to Andrew Hudson

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Brutally honest and devoid of hyperbole, this is Roelf van Heerden's Executive Outcomes. / Unapologetic, unassuming and forthright, the combat exploits of Executive Outcomes (EO) in Angola and Sierra Leone are recounted for the first time by a battlefield commander who was physically on the ground during all their major combat operations. From fighting UNITA for the critical oil installations...

Beyond No Mean Soldier: The Explosive Recollections of a Former Special Forces Operator - Peter McAleese

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Peter McAleese needs little introduction... His classic book No Mean Soldier was an immediate bestseller and set the bar for the modern military memoir. Few have since met its match. This completely revised and expanded edition sees a philosophical McAleese revisiting his time with Britain's Parachute Regiment, the SAS, Rhodesia's SAS and the South African Defence Force's 44 Para Brigade. Oh,...

Shred When Read - Michael Bowery

R 300.00

This work is a serious, non-fictional autobiography, which inter alia is an expose of the times and personalities involved during the thirty years the author spent in covert operations with the Nationalist Party government of South Africa from 1966. The author’s targets during this period included Soviet and Cuban political and military activity in Southern Africa and those of the...

First In Last Out - The South African Artillery In Action 1975 - 1988 - Clive Wilsworth

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This work covers all operations of the Border War in which the South African gunners took part, starting in early 1975 when a young second lieutenant was seconded to train UNITA troops in Angola on US 4.2-inch mortars - through Operation Savannah, the first operation, to the last rounds that were fired in June 1988 against the Cuban 80th Division...

1 RECCE: Die Nag Behoort Aan Ons - Alexander Strachan

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1-Recce was die skerpste, veelsydigste en dodelikste spesialiseenheid in die ganse Suid-Afrikaanse weermag. Dié manne was superfiks, bomenslik taai en het vir niks gestuit nie. Hulle het telkens hul lewens op die spel geplaas in die uitvoering van hoogs geheime operasies agter vyandelike linies. Dekades lank is oor al dié hoogs geheime sendings geswyg. Nou, vir die eerste keer, openbaar die Recce's se groot...

Die Roem en die Rou: Stories agter Honoris Crux - Dr At van Wyk

R 295.00

Die Roem en die Rou: Stories agter Honoris Crux het in 2008 die eerste keer verskyn as 'n keur uit vertellings wat dekades gelede verskyn het in At van Wyk se twee boeke, Honoris Crux: Ons Dapperes / Our Brave en Honoris Crux II. Ook inligting wat destyds as te sensitief vir publikasie beskou is, is hierin opgeneem. Hierdie heruitgawe...

The Search For Puma 164: Operation Uric And The Assault On Mapai - Neill Jackson, & Rick van Malsen

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September 6, 1979 a lone Puma helicopter flies northward, leaving behind the desolation of the battle for Mapai, in Mozambique's Gaza Province. Huddled in the cabin, two weary soldiers sit silently immersed in their own thoughts, contemplating their difficult duties ahead. WOII Graham Enslin, CSM, Support Commando, is struggling to come to terms with the death in action that morning...

Battle For Cassinga: South Africa's Controversial Cross-border Raid, Angola 1978 - Mike McWilliams

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 3 BATTLE FOR CASSINGA  Battle for Cassinga is written as a first-hand account by an ordinary South African paratrooper who was at the 1978 assault on the Angolan headquarters of PLAN, the armed wing of SWAPO. The book relates why the South African government took the political risk in attacking the fortress in an external operation and...

KLOPPIES: Die Verhaal van 'n Recce Operateur - Peet Coetzee

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Die verhaal van Jacob Schalk "Kloppies" Kloppers, 'n legendariese soldaat in die Spesiale Magte wereld. Ernstig gewond tydens Operasie Kerslig in 1981 waar hy ook die Honoris Crux vir dapperheid verower het, het sy loopbaan in die weermag voortgesit as 'n Spesiale Magte Operateur. Na bykans 20 jaar in die SAW, het hy vir die firma CJTVA gaan werk wat landmyne in...

Secret SAS Missions in Africa: C Squadrons Counter-Terrorist Operations 1968 - 1980 (Michael Graham )

R 550.00

This fascinating book is the first to cover the little known C Squadron of the Special Air Service. Operating in Africa, the Squadron was involved in almost continuous counter communist terrorist operations over the period 1968 to 1980. In the unstable final stages of British colonial and white rule, the Squadron was never short of action. African nationalist movements, backed...

Diary of Operation Savannah - Paul J. Els

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This book celebrates the 40th anniversary of Operation Savannah and serves as memorabilia for all Operation Savannah veterans. Operation Savannah was the first major conventional war since World War Two whereby the SADF came to clash against a MPLA force supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba. Paperback, A5 size, 318 pages. 

Pathfinder Company: 44 Parachute Brigade - The Philistines - Graham Gillmore

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Colonel Jan Breytenbach writes in the foreword: "On Ascension Day, 1978, a composite South African parachute battalion jumped onto the tactical HQ of SWAPO's PLAN army, based at Cassinga, 250 kilometres north of the Angolan border to destroy the facility, their logistics, and to wipe out a strong concentration of SWAPO guerrillas. The airborne assault, part of Operation Reindeer, was...

OPERATION LIGHTHOUSE: Intaf in the Rhodesian Bush War 1972–1980

R 700.00

From 1890 and throughout its history, the men of Internal Affairs were bound by an intense loyalty to each other, combined with a deep understanding of the tribal people in their charge. Their greatest strengths were individuality and self-reliance, strengths that were called upon to the fullest during the rebellions of 1896–97, and again in the conflict of the 1970s....

Shadows In The Sand: A Koevoet Tracker's Story Of An Insurgency War - Sisingi Kamongo & Leon Bezuidenhout

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This is the story of a Kavango tracker who served for six years with Koevoet ('Crowbar'), the elite South African Police anti-terrorist unit, during the South West African-Angolan bush war of the '80s. Most white team leaders lasted only two years; the black trackers walked the tracks for years. Sisingi Kamongo tells the story of the 50 or so firefights...

19 With A Bullet: A South African Paratrooper In Angola - Granger Korff

R 300.00

"A fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korff's two years' service during 1980/81 with 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African 'bush war' in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola. Apart from the 'standard' counter-insurgency activities of Fireforce operations, ambushing and patrols, to contact and destroy SWAPO guerrillas, he was involved in several massive South African Defense Force...

South Africa's Border War 1966-89 / Suid Afrika se Grensoorlog 1966-89 - Willem Steenkamp

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Of all the books about South Africa’s 21-year ‘Border War’ - fought on both sides of Angola’s frontier with present-day Namibia - South Africa’s Border War has always been rated as among the best. A significant, full-color volume, it originally sold 31,000 copies in South Africa alone and has been out of print for decades.  This version is the first...

Special Forces: Jam Stealer - Peet Coetzee

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Peet Coetzee grew up in a Military environment, in the days when Saracens and Panhards APC's, flat tin helmets and real soldiers could still be seen in Voortrekkerhoogte. His experience in the SADF began in 1963 and ended with him serving with his countries' best elite fighting forces;" The Recces" 464 Pages & photos. Published 2008

THE ELITE: The Story of the Rhodesian Special Air Service - Barbara Cole

R 550.00

The Rhodesian Special Air Service, one of the most formidable fighting forces in the world, operated almost exclusively across the borders during the long bitter bush war, undertaking deep-penetration missions against insurgents being harboured inside neighbouring Mozambique and Zambia. There were missions into Botswana too, and at one stage, SAS men were operating without benefit of passports in all three...

Three Sips Of Gin: Dominating The Battlespace With Rhodesia's Famed Selous Scouts - Tim Bax

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There is nothing that terrorized Russian and Chinese-backed guerrillas fighting Rhodesia's bush war in the 1970's more than the famed Selous Scouts. The very name of the unit struck fear into the very heart and soul of even the most battle-hardened guerillas. Too afraid to even whisper the name amongst themselves, they referred to soldiers of the unit simply as...

Further memoirs of a Bush War Operator: Life in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, Selous Scouts and beyond - Andrew Balaam

R 550.00

From the searing heat of the Zambezi valley to the freezing cold of the Chimanimani mountains in Rhodesia; from the bars in Port St John’s in the Transkei to the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa; to the slums of Maputo Mozambique and the violence and corruption of Beira Mozambique to the beauty of the Portuguese Islands. This is one man’s...

The Terrible Ones: The Complete History Of 32 Battalion (Volumes 1 & 2) - Piet Nortje

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The soldiers of 32 Battalion were so feared by their enemies that they were called ‘the terrible ones’. This comprehensive two-volume work covers in detail the unit’s 117 documented military operations from 1976 to 1993. Nortje explains how the operations were planned and executed, what went wrong, what went right, and what the outcomes were. It also goes back to...

Battle For Angola: The End Of The Cold War In Africa c1975-89

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Following the publication of Al Venter's successful Portugal's Guerrilla Wars in Africa - shortlisted by the New York Military Affairs Symposium's 'Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for 2013' - his Battle for Angola delves still further into the troubled history of this former Portuguese African colony.  This is a completely fresh work running to almost 600 pages including 32 pages of...

From Fledgling To Eagle: The South African Air Force During The Border War - Brig Gen Dick Lord

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The crucible of combat over 23 years forged the fledgling South African Air Force into a formidable strike weapon, capable of defeating the best Soviet air defenses of the time. From Fledgling to Eagle chronicles the evolution of the SAAF in the 'Border War' that raged in Angola and South West Africa (Namibia) from 1966 to 1989, covering all the...

Chibaya Moyo: The Rhodesian African Rifles - An Anthology, 1939-1981 (Andy Telfer & Russell Fulton)

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Chibaya Moyo: The Rhodesian African Rifles - An Anthology, 1939-1981 (Andy Telfer & Russell Fulton) Chibaya Moyo, ‘Strike to the Heart’ in Shona, is an anthology of stories and anecdotes from those who served with the Masodja, the all-volunteer black soldiers of the Rhodesian African Rifles, a proud African regiment that fought with distinction in two world wars, the Malayan...

Striking Inside Angola With 32 Battalion - Marius Scheepers

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Join 'The Terrible Ones' on clandestine operations and in conventional warfare during the harsh bush war that raged through southern Angola in the 1980's. The conflict ended with the last major battle of the Cold War, one of the largest land battles of the latter part of the 20th century. This book presents an eyewitness account by a South African...

Platoon 3 - Tim Ramsden

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“This is a story common to tens of thousands; called up, broken down, trained and thrust into action.” In 1984, as an eighteen-year-old school leaver, the author was conscripted into a chaotic world of strict order, intense discipline and subtle brain washing, moulding him into a proud well trained 1SAI Ratel soldier.  On the SWA/Namibian/Angolan border patrolling through the bush...

Troepie Snapshots: A Pictorial Recollection Of The South African Border War - Cameron Blake

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A photographic slice of conscript life in the South African Defence Force This pictorial is a compilation of images obtained by the author while working on his first book-an oral history of pre-1994 South African Defence Force national service. It was illegal to take photos; however, there were inevitably those conscripts who ignored the rules, aiming their cheap, disposable cameras...

SAAF's Border War: The South African Air Force In Combat 1966-89 (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 8 SAAF'S BORDER WAR South African Mirages and Cuban MiG-21s dogfighting over Cuito Cuanavale, the largest tank battle on African soil since El Alamein; Puma troopships shot out of the skies by Strela missiles and RPG-7 rockets; Alouette III gunships hovering menacingly above Koevoet tracker-combat teams as they close in for the kill; Hercules and Transall transports disgorging...

Under Fire in South Africa - Schalk Visagie

R 250.00

Colonel Schalk Visagie’s book Under Fire in South Africa provides fascinating and important insights into the life of a policeman who was eyewitness to tumultuous events and dramatic developments, which continued to affect our world today. Coming from a police family, Schalk’s incredible life story includes the Border War in South West Africa/Angola, guarding President P.W. Botha, working in the Security Branch,...

Four Flags, The Odyssey of a Professional Soldier: Part 2 - Dave Barr

R 495.00

Four Flags refers to the four armies Dave Barr fought in, US Marines, Israeli Paratroopers, Rhodesian RLI and the South African Paratroopers, Pathfinders where he lost his legs. PART 2 - RHODESIAN SECURITY FORCES 1979-80, SOUTH AFRICAN DEFENCE FORCE 1981-83 Dave Barr knew from 12 years old he wanted to be a Marine. Following a series of menial jobs – including...

Vlamgat: The Story Of The Mirage F1 In The South African Air Force - Brig Gen Dick Lord

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"Their hands are shaking ever so slightly. They will be flying again in the morning"Vlamgat, literally 'flaming hole' in Afrikaans, was the nickname the South African Air Force (SAAF) gave to the Mirage F1, its formidable frontline jet fighter during South Africa's long 'border wars' in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola from the late 1960's to the late 1980's....

Starting Out: Collecting South African Militaria - Dudley Wall

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Dudley Wall's book of South African Militaria is the perfect book for those starting out with a collection as well as for those who wish to have a reference work. It is also perfect for those who served in the SADF/SANDF to be able to see all the unit and proficiency badges. This book has been out of print for...

The Silent War: South African Recce Operations 1969 To 1994 - Peter Stiff

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A look at South African military operations during the apartheid years. It deals with all the top secret raids by Special Forces into surrounding African states, the political dynamics which led to them and the turbulent history of the times. This account tells not only the story of South Africa's Special Forces, it has also been described as the most...

NUBES BELLI - Oorlogswolke / Clouds Of War

R 250.00

NUBES BELLI: ‘n Versameling Gedigte Oor Die Bosoorlog / An Anthology Of Poems About The Bush War (Compiled by Dawid Lotter) Nubes Belli (a.k.a. Clouds of War – Oorlogswolke) is a bilingual anthology of poems compiled by Dawid Lotter, a Bush War veteran. This anthology is a kaleidoscope of poems from published as well as amateur poets sharing their reminiscences about their experiences in war, a war...

Bush Of Ghosts: Life And War In Namibia 1986-90 (John Liebenberg & Patricia Hayes)

R 400.00

Bush Of Ghosts: Life And War In Namibia 1986-90 (John Liebenberg & Patricia Hayes) Unique images by veteran photographer Liebenberg are included, taken in stealth where cameras were outlawed, and because he managed to get to both sides of the conflict. The book traces the marks left by war on individuals on both sides, as much as on the region...

Facta Nostra Vivent: Memories from The South African Air Force Central Flying School (1922 - 1995)

R 675.00

FACTA NOSTRA VIVENT - “OUR DEEDS WILL LIVE” This is not an official history. It is a compilation of historical information and stories from those who served at CFS. This is a story about the South African Air Force Central Flying School in all its guises from its early days up to the end of the Harvard era in 1995....

19 en Gewapen: 'n Suid Afrikaanse Valskermsoldaat in Angola - Granger Korff & Lenord le Hanie

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Die rowwe en eerlike vertelling van ‘n ’Bat in the bosoorloë van Namibië en Angola  19 en Gewapen is ‘n aksiebelaaide vertelling van Granger Korff se twee diensjare in 1980/81 saam met 1 Valskermbataljon tydens die hoogtepunt van die Suid Afrikaanse Bosoorlog in Suid Wes Afrika (Namibië) en Angola.  Afgesien van die standaard teen-insurgensie aktiwiteite van die Fire Force krygsverrigtinge...

LZ Hot!: Flying South Africa's Border War - Nick Lithgow

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This book captures the experience of the South African Air Force helicopter pilot as never before; from 'rookie' to seasoned combat aviator in one of history's most intense counter-insurgency conflicts - the South African Border War. Nick Lithgow's work relates the gruelling endurance of SADF National Service and its grind, grind, grind ... until one day, helicopter drills with an...

Teenage Safari: A South African Conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia - Evan Davies

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A wide-eyed South African conscript relates his small share of the war in Angola and Namibia in the 1980s. This is not the usual military history, written by a commander armed with facts, nor a researched story of a war or campaign. It is a personal experience. Being brutally honest it will resonate not only with readers of all things military...

Anderkant Cuito: 'n Reisverhaal Van Die Grensoorlog - LJ Bothma

R 375.00

Anderkant Cuito is die verhaal van ‘n groep oudsoldate wat teruggaan na ou basisse en slagvelde in Namibië en Angola, waar die Grensoorlog van 1966 tot 1989 gewoed het. Hulle deel herinneringe, onthou makkers, ontlaai, reik uit na ou vyande, maak vriende langs die pad, reis deur die geskiedenis en soek na die waarheid. Hulle is die generasie wat ‘n...

We Conquer From Above: The History Of 1 Parachute Battalion 1961 - 1991 Paul J Els

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The History of 1 Parachute Battalion, 1961 - 1991. A4 size with 336 pages and over 1000 black/white photos of which most have not been published before.  

The Great Trek Uncut: Escape From British Rule: The Boer Exodus From The Cape Colony 1836 - Robin Binckes

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Until the lions are taught to write, history will always be written by the hunters'. In the early planning stages of Freedom Park Robin Binckes participated as a member of the history subcommittee. The amount of debate and argument, much of it heated, astounded him. Practically every event discussed was interpreted from diametrically differing viewpoints. One of the most controversial...

32 Battalion: The Inside Story Of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit - Piet Nortje

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32 Battalion is the gripping inside story of South Africa's most controversial fighting unit of the 1970's and 1980's. Originally formed in order to lend support to the FNLA and UNITA in the Angolan war, 32 Battalion quickly gained the reputation of being an unconventional, secretive, yet highly effective group. Written by a man who was intimately involved with the...

Rebelspoor: Die Aanloop, Verloop en Afloop van die Boereopstand van 1914 - 15 - Dr LJ Bothma

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Dit was die Afrikaner se bitterste uur toe die bittereinders van die Anglo-Boereoorlog mekaar twaalf jaar later die stryd aansê: Aan die een kant die regeringsmagte (Kakies) van premier Louis Botha en sy minister van verdediging, Jan Smuts -- aan die ander kant die rebelliekommando's (Boere) van kommandant-generaals Christiaan de Wet en Christiaan Beyers. Na 'n paar maande was alles...

In the Kill Zone - Neil Reynolds

R 300.00

When Neil Reynolds was first asked whether he'd like to work in Iraq as a private military contractor, he didn't even know where it was on the map. But he would quickly learn the lay of the land and what it entails working in one of the world's most violent conflict zones. When he left for the Middle East at...

Everywhere! But at Home – Alf Herbst

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Everywhere! But at home: My Story of the Rhodesian Corps of Engineers The stories in this book are about young men fighting a war. It tells how they fought, played, cried and how they made friends for life. Young men from all walks of life that went to war knowing that they could die at any time, but they went...

Operation Enterprise: The Battle for Salisbury, Rhodesia - Nick Skipworth-Michell

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Operation ENTERPRISE was the most successful internal operation of the Rhodesian war, and arguably the most important, being fiercely fought just 20 km’s north of Salisbury. It foiled ZANLA’s plan to infiltrate the Capital and disrupt the elections in April 1979 which brought about the transitional Government of Zimbabwe Rhodesia. Deployment tactics for as many as three contacts in a...

RECCE - RESEPTE: Vir Kos, Die Bos, Die Lewe (Justin Vermaak & Douw Steyn)

R 350.00

As die Recces die dag in die bos in stap, slaan die luislange, die aasvoëls en selfs die leeus op die vlug. Wat jy kan vang, kan jy eet, sê dié manne. Recce-resepte vir kos, die bos, die lewe is vol tong-in-die-kies resepte en stories oor die Recces se ervarings gedurende die Grensoorlogjare en tot 1997. Die boek plaas jou...

1 RECCE: Through Stealth Our Strength: Volume 3 - Alexander Strachan

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The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale has been a source of fierce contestation and emotion for decades, but up to now little was known about the Recces’ presence and impact during this controversial battle.  In the last book of the nail-biting trilogy about 1 Recce, the award-winning author Alexander Strachan, himself an ex-Recce, reveals more on the Recces’ involvement there. Packed...

Shaking Hands with Billy - Anthony Turton

R 255.00

Shaking Hands with Billy is a book that goes behind the scenes into the top secret world of the South African security force community during the build-up to the country's first democratic elections in 1994. The book reads at three different levels, because that moment in time is embedded in a set of regional dynamics, by which the author  is...

Wings over Langebaanweg: Stories from a South African Air Force Base 1946-1993 - Andrew Embleton

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This book is the third in a trilogy of books about aspects of flying training in the SAAF. The earlier books are FACTA NOSTRA VIVENT and GOING AROUND AGAIN by the same author. Langebaanweg has a long and important history as a SAAF air base. This book with its many pages of colour photographs is a modest attempt to record...

BUSH WAR RHODESIA 1966-1980 (Peter Baxter)

R 220.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 17 BUSH WAR RHODESIA 1966-1980 It has been over three decades since the Union Jack was lowered on the colony of Rhodesia, but the bitter and divisive civil war that preceded it has continued to endure as a textbook counter-insurgency campaign fought between a mobile, motivated and highly trained Rhodesian security establishment and two constituted liberations movements motivated,...

A WALK AGAINST THE STREAM: A Rhodesian National Service Officer's Story Of The Bush War – Tony Ballinger

R 480.00

A Walk Against The Stream takes a look at the experiences of a young national service officer in the Rhodesian army. This is a true story, encompassing all eighteen months the author spent at Victoria Falls, Rhodesia, facing enemy territory just across the Zambezi river in Zambia. Initially allocated to 4th platoon, 4 Independent company Rhodesia Regiment (RR) as a...

Shadows Of A Forgotten Past: To The Edge With The Rhodesian SAS And Selous Scouts - Paul French

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This all-new work chronicles the experiences of Paul French who, upon leaving the British Army's 21 SAS (V), sought adventure and excitement in C Squadron of the Rhodesian SAS. Upon passing the arduous Rhodesian SAS selection course, Paul was thrown into the maelstrom that was the Rhodesian Bush War. Here he participated in the SAS's infamous raid on Joshua Nkomo...

Mercenaries: Putting The World To Rights With Hired Guns - Al J Venter

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Mercenaries have been a part warfare for centuries, and though the names have changed, continue to play a part in global military conflicts. In today’s world these "soldiers for hire" are an attractive alternative when Western governments are reluctant to put their militaries at risk for obscure causes that would otherwise be difficult to explain to their electorates. In this...

Masodja: The History Of The Rhodesian African Rifles And Its Forerunner, The Rhodesia Native Regiment - Alex Binda

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Formed in 1916 as The Rhodesia Native Regiment, its troops were blooded with honour in the East African campaign. Disbanded in 1919, the regiment was re-formed in 1940 during World War II as The Rhodesian African Rifles, seeing action in Burma. In the 1950s, the regiment distinguished itself further during the Malayan Emergency. During the 1960s and 1970s, the regiment...

Insignia And History Of The Rhodesian Armed Forces 1890 - 1980 (4th Edition) - Col Dudley Wall

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This book is a record of the insignia and history of the Rhodesian armed forces from inception to 1980. Rhodesia had a fascinating history that characterised the pioneer spirit of early Africa. The continent of Africa was in a stage of being colonised by the various European countries. The pioneers of Rhodesia followed in the footsteps of the early Portuguese...

Buffalo Battalion: South Africa's 32 Battalion - A Tale of Sacrifice - Dr LJ Bothma

R 395.00

By August 1974 the Portuguese had all but abandoned Angola, its erstwhile colony, and there was a fear in both the Intelligence services of South Africa and America that the country was likely to fall the hands of the MPLA, generally regarded as a Soviet surrogate. It was that fear that triggered the training by South Africa of guerrilla groups...

Facta Nostra Vivent: Going Around Again - More Memories from The SAAF Central Flying School and Pupils Course Roll Call (1948 - 1995)

R 675.00

Going Around Again is a sequel to the popular and well received first volume Facta Nostra Vivent and continues with personal stories from the South African Air Force Central Flying School from WWII through to the final retirement of that extraordinary training aircraft, the Harvard AT6. The book includes memories from 24Air School which was the first unit at Dunnottar...

Special Branch War: Slaughter in the Rhodesian Bush. Southern Matabeleland, 1976-1980 - Ed Bird

R 400.00

This searing account primarily covers Ed Bird's Special Branch (SB) service in the Beitbridge area of southern Matabeleland, 1976-1980, encompassing Operations Repulse and Tangent of the bitter Rhodesian 'bush war'. Joining the British South Africa Police (BSAP) in 1964, Bird cut his teeth on Selous Scouts 'pseudo' operations during Operation Hurricane in 1974-1976, so was well equipped to deal with...

9C - Nine Charlie! Army Signallers in the Field. The Story of the Men and Women of the South African Corps of Signals, and their Equipment - Walter Volker

R 500.00

The book, entitled ‘Signal Units Of The South Africa Corps Of Signals And Related Signal Services’ represents one of the most comprehensive collection of regimental and unit histories ever published in one volume in South Africa. It is also the first time that the histories of many of the signal regiments and other units will be published and available to...

The Black Beret: The History Of South Africa's Armoured Forces Volume 1 - Beginnings To The Invasion Of Madagascar 1942

R 650.00

Volume 1 of "The Black Beret" starts with the early history of South Africa and ends with the invasion of Madagascar by the South African Forces during WWII. This volume covers topics such as how armour came to the battlefield, the use of horses vs armoured car in German South West Africa in 1915, the first steps to mechanisation, the...

Ons Vergeet Nie: Die Lewens Verhaal Van 'n Spesialis Wat Gedien Het in Die Elite SAW Eenheid - Peet Coetzee

R 295.00

Peet Coetzee het in n militêre omgewing opgegroei, in die dae wat daar nog Saracens en Panhard pantser voertuie en soldate met die ou Britse plat staal helmets in Voortrekkerhoogte te sien was. Sy weermag loopbaan het in 1963 begin en geëindig met diens wat hy vir sy land se elite vegtende eenheid kon lewer; "Die Recces" "Ons het heelwat...

South African Naval and Maritime Badges and Insignia - Alex Rice

R 550.00

Many years of research by Alex Rice, a leading collector of insignia and a Merchant Marine Engineer, has resulted in his unique book with over 1300 illustrations. This book contains images of South African Naval badges and insignia from the earliest days of South Africa's Naval heritage, covering all aspects of SA Naval insignia and will be a great reference...

Hunting Africa: A Practical Guide – J Botes, PL Smit & GP Swan

R 200.00

Africa is one of the last natural frontiers for the serious hunter. Since its publication in 2000, Hunting Africa has become a trusted standard guide for hunters and for those interested in the natural and reintroduced game in their original habitat. A trusted source of information for hunters, and a scientific field guide. All about: *the professional hunter * preparation...

War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 3: Angolan and Cuban Air Forces 1975-1985

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 50 War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 3: Angolan and Cuban Air Forces 1975-1985 - Tom Cooper, Adrian Fontanellaz, Jose Augusto Matos Most accounts of the conflict known in the West as the ‘Border War’ barely mention the operations by the FAPA/DAA. A handful of published histories mention two MiG-21s claimed as shot down by Dassault Mirage F.1...

Winds Of Destruction: The Autobiography of a Rhodesian Combat Pilot - PJH Petter-Bowyer

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Winds of Destruction is a unique account of one man’s service in the Rhodesian Air Force, spanning a period of twenty-three years from 1957 to 1980—through the politically turbulent years of Federation; the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (U.D.I.) by Ian Smith’s government in 1965 and thirteen years of relentless, uncompromising bush warfare against the never-ending tide of Robert Mugabe’s and Joshua...

The Last Hot Battle Of The Cold War: South Africa vs. Cuba in the Angolan Civil War - Peter Polack

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As the Soviet Union teetered on the edge of collapse during the late 1980s, and America prepared to claim its victory, a bloody war still raged in Southern Africa, where proxy forces from both sides vied for control of Angola. The result was the largest battle on the dark continent since Al Alamein, with forces from both sides paying in...

Mad Dog Killers: The Story Of A Congo Mercenary - Ivan Smith

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During that long, hot summer of 1964, Ivan Smith, a mercenary volunteer in the Arme'e Nationale Congolais, came to witness and understand fear, the law of the jungle and the lust for killing that permeates Africa. A member of 'Mad Mike' Hoare's 5 Commando Group he and his companions were nominally soldiers but there was little in the way of...

War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 2: Angolan and Cuban Forces at War, 1976-1983

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 34 War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 2: Angolan and Cuban Forces at War, 1976-1983 - Adrien Fontanellaz  As of mid-1976, the civil war in Angola was seemingly decided: supported by a large contingent of Cuban forces, the MPLA established itself in power in Luanda. Its native competitors, the US-French-Zaire-supported FNLA, and UNITA, supported by China and...

War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 1: Angolan and Cuban Forces at War, 1975-1976

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 31 War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 1: Angolan and Cuban Forces at War, 1975-1976 - Adrien Fontanellaz & Tom Cooper As of 1975, the decades long insurgency in Angola appeared to be short of its conclusion. However, with no less than three major insurgent movements fighting for supremacy, the war went on and then South Africa,...

History Of The Umvoti Mounted Rifles (1864 - 2004) - Mark Coghlan

R 350.00

It is May 1983. The UMR is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its Headquarters, the UMR Hall, in Greytown. A medal parade, civic dinner and a number of other events are on the programme. The members of the Unit are upbeat and enthusiastic and look forward to all the activities. There is an officers meeting in the old UMR Hall. On...

Van Ovamboland tot Masjonaland: Die Suid Afrikaanse Polisie in die Bosoorlog - Louis Lubbe

R 655.00

In Augustus 1966 klap die eerste skote by Ongulumbashe, 'n terroriste-basis wes van Oshakati in die noorde van die destydse Suidwes-Afrika. Dit was die begin van die Bosoorlog wat 23 jaar lank sou aanhou - en uiteindelik in een van die langste oorloë in Afrika ontaard. Kort na die skermutseling by Ongulumbashe is die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisie in die gebied, suid...

Executive Outcomes: Against All Odds - Eeben Barlow (Revised Edition) (Hardcover, Signed)

R 2,000.00

Executive Outcomes was already well known to several governments and private corporations before it exploded into controversy in 1993 after entering into a contract with Angola’s FAA to train a brigade-level force to decisively end their decades-old conflict with UNITA. It was also well known to those involved in fermenting conflicts in order to topple African governments with a view...

Counter-Strike From The Sky: The Rhodesian All-Arms Fireforce In The War In The Bush, 1974-1980 - JRT Wood

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On 11 November 1965, Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith unilaterally declared his country independent of Britain. International sanctions were immediately instituted against the minority white regime as Robert Mugabe’s ZANLA and Joshua Nkomo’s ZIPRA armies commenced their armed struggle, the ‘Chimurenga’, the war of liberation. As Communist-trained guerrillas flooded the country, the beleaguered Rhodesians, hard-pressed for manpower and military resources,...

The Tempered Sword (SIGNED) - Col. Jan Breytenbach VRD, SD, SM, MMM

R 7,000.00

The Tempered Sword, Colonel Jan Breytenbach's 2011 published book, is aptly sub-titled "Forged in Battle revisited; Operation Savannah and the birth of 32Bn". This fascinating account takes the reader back to the period before the launch of Operation Savannah in 1975, through this epic campaign in South Africa's military history, to 1976, when South African soldiers withdrew from Angola and the...

The War For Africa: Conflict, Crime, Corruption and Foreign Interests - Eeben Barlow (LIMITED EDITION - HARDCOVER & SIGNED)

R 7,000.00

‘The War for Africa: Conflict, Crime, Corruption and Foreign Interests’ is a hard-hitting account of the undeclared and invisible conflicts and wars that go almost unnoticed in the daily mainstream media. The impact of these economic, military, and political conflicts on the continent and its people is devastating. This book offers a personal, yet disturbing and behind-the-scenes glimpse of much...

Selous Scouts: Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 4 SELOUS SCOUTS: Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists "Its members consisted of some of the finest guerrilla-fighting men in the western world, unconventional in many ways, disregardful of parade-ground discipline, unorthodox in their dress, yet a force so tightly knit in the face of danger that those who knew anything about them could only marvel" - The Citizen. Formed in 1973...

Wondgom - Dawid Lotter

R 220.00

Dawid Lotter is ʼn Bosoorlog veteraan wat met hierdie bundel die emosies van die tydvak in gedigte en woordsketse weergee. Dit bevat sy eie ondervindings asook verwerkings van ander veterane se ervarings. Die gedigte spreek met brutale eerlikheid die gemoed van die soldaat tydens die oorlog aan, asook die aanpassings daarna. Die vrese, onsekerheid en wroegings van beide die soldaat...

SWA / Namibian Border War: Major Military And Political Incidents 1959 to 1989 - Lt Col Wikus Jansen van Rensburg

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THE WAR THAT SHAPED THE FACE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA A decorated career soldier who simultaneously pursued academic aspirations, Lt Col (Prof) J. L. ‘Wikus’ Jansen van Rensburg is today Associate Professor in the Faculty of Military Science at Stellenbosch University. His first decade in the South African Defence Force was consumed by the pivotal second half of the Border War/Armed...

Curly’s Story - Hugh Gurnell

R 375.00

This book tells the story of the author’s three contracts as a mercenary in the ‘64-‘65 Congo conflict. It is a vivid account of his personal experiences, from his first contract as a raw recruit to his last contract, when he was involved in the formation of the navy on Lake Tanganyika and was the first C.O. Hugh started writing...

The Flechas: Insurgent Hunting In Eastern Angola, 1965-1974 - John P Cann

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 11 THE FLECHAS In 1961, Portugal found itself fighting a war to retain its colonial possessions and preserve the remnants of its empire. It was almost completely unprepared to do so, and this was particularly evident in its ability to project power and to control the vast colonial spaces in Africa. Following the uprisings of March of 1961...

SWAPO Captive: A Comrade’s Experience of Betrayal and Torture - Oiva Angula

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In the late 1970's, at the age of nineteen, Oiva Angula left his home in Windhoek and went into exile in Angola, where he joined SWAPO’s military wing, PLAN. After working for the movement as a political instructor, he was wrongly branded an apartheid spy and traitor during a series of purges within the organisation. SWAPO Captive is Angula’s terrifying...

We Were There: Winning The War For Southern Africa - Gen Jannie Geldenhuys

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We Were There is General Geldenhuys' account of the SA Border War and their victory over Cuba, and their overarching sponsor, the Soviet Union. Throughout the book, General Geldenhuys mentions that the border war should be seen in context and against the backdrop of the Cold War. South Africa fought a proxy war on behalf of the West against the...

See You In November: The Story Of Alan 'Taffy' Brice - An SAS Assassin - Peter Stiff

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Alan ‘Taffy’ Brice, an indomitable former member of Britain’s elite 22-SAS Regiment, led a Rhodesian Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) secret assassination team in hostile Zambia comprising himself, Hugh ‘Chuck’ Hind (also of 22-SAS) and Ian and Priscilla Sutherland, whose Zambian farm was used as their rear base. Their orders were to create divisions between the two Rhodesian dissident organisations, Joshua...

Rhodesian Air Force Operations & Air Strike Log - Prop Geldenhuys

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Rhodesian Air Force Operations with Air Strike Log. This book records the operations of the Rhodesian Air Force. It includes a complete log of all the airstrikes carried out as well as maps where these strikes have been meticously plotted. The maps are printed in full colour. There are numerous black and white photographs that illustrate the text. Paperback, 296...

1 RECCE: Onsigbaarheid Is Ons Krag: Volume 3 - Alexander Strachan

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Die Slag van Cuito Cuanavale is al dekades lank 'n bron van hewige konflik en emosie, maar tot nou toe was min bekend oor die Recces se teenwoordigheid en impak tydens dié omstrede gevegte.  In hierdie laaste boek van die spanningsvolle trilogie oor 1 Recce onthul Alexander Strachan, bekroonde skrywer en self 'n oud-Recce, meer oor die Recces se betrokkenheid...

The Battle For Mozambique: The Frelimo-Renamo Struggle, 1977-1992 - Stephen Emerson

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The sixteen-year-long war in Mozambique between the Frelimo government and Renamo rebels remains one of the most overlooked and misunderstood of the conflicts that raged across Africa during the height of the Cold War. While usually viewed as mere sideshow to more high-profile wars in Angola, Rhodesia and within apartheid South Africa itself, it nonetheless is noteworthy in its complexity,...

Iron Fist From The Sea: South Africa's Seaborne Raiders 1978-1988 - Douw Steyn & Arnè Söderlund (Hardcover, Limited Edition - Signed)

R 8,000.00

This seminal work documents the clandestine seaborne operations undertaken by South Africa’s 4 Reconnaissance Commando Regiment. It breathtakingly reveals the versatility and effectiveness of this elite unit which worked with a range of other South African and Rhodesian forces, including the Rhodesian SAS, to engage in a range of raiding and war fighting activities. These operations saw the clandestine reconnaissance...

Congo Unravelled: Military Operations from Independence to the Mercenary Revolt, 1960–68 - Andrew Hudson

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 6 CONGO UNRAVELLED: Military Operations from Independence to the Mercenary Revolt, 1960–68 “Clearly and comprehensively explains the intrigues of the Congo wars” –Colonel Mike Hoare Post-independence events in the Republic of the Congo are a veritable Gordian knot. The ambitions of Congolese political leaders, Cold War rivalry, Pan-Africanism, Belgium’s continued economic interests in the country’s mineral wealth,...

Vang 'n Boer: Die Stryd Tussen Boer En Ovambo - Dr LJ Bothma

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Vang 'n Boer: Die stryd tussen Boer en Ovambo, is die verhaal van twee volke waarvan die paaie meer as 80 jaar voor die Grensoorlog (1966 tot 1989) die eerste maal gekruis het. Die boek gee nuwe perspektiewe op 'n oorlog wat tot dusver binne die konteks van ideologie (Apartheid en Kommunisme) verstaan is. 'n Komplekse historiese proses wat die...

THE LONG RANGE DESERT GROUP: History and Legacy - Lars Gyllenhaal & Karl-Gunnar Norén

R 450.00

The world’s most respected special forces unit, the Special Air Service (SAS), was inspired by another irregular unit, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) or simply Ghost Patrol. You may now accompany the authors in Ghost Patrol vehicles far, far behind Rommel’s lines. While doing so you will acquire insights into some extreme raids and reconnaissance missions. You will become...

Bush Pig - District Cop: Service with the British South Africa Police in the Rhodesian Conflict 1965-79 - Ivan Smith

R 500.00

This is the story of one man's service in the British South Africa Police of Rhodesia during his service of nearly fifteen years, between the years 1965 and 1979, and in many ways forms a sequel to the author's book Mad Dog Killers. The struggle to keep Rhodesia out of black nationalist hands started in late 1964 and ended with...

Commando / Kommando: Dec 1949 to Oct 1970 (245 Digital Magazines on USB Drive)

R 500.00

Commando / Kommando was the Union Defence Force & SADF's official magazine from December 1949 up to October 1970, a total of 245 magazines. We've attempted to preserve these historical magazines and although initially printed on the least expensive and least durable paper, a high quality digital reproduction, scanned at 300dpi, is now available.  Format: PDF.  We acknowledge Walter Volker as the principle...

Altered States - Frank Nunes

R 230.00

The memoirs of Frank Nunes during his time in the South African Army in the 1980's. We follow his adventures through his two years National Service as he tries to get into the Parabats, then gets sent to 8 SAI and to the SWA/Angolan Border. “…Of the several ‘altered states’ experienced in my life, the events pertinent to this personal...

Kleurskakerings van Skarlaken - Dawid Lotter

R 220.00

"Sedert 1975 het ek meer as 300 gedigte en woordsketse geskryf en saamgestel oor die Bosoorlog en weermagslewe. Baie hiervan is nog te diep in my gevoelens gewortel om dit met ander te deel. Hierdie bundel, Kleurskakerings van Skarlaken, is ʼn samestelling van ʼn klein deeltjie van my versameling. Die Bosoorlog het plaasgevind tussen die jare 1966 tot 1989. Met...

Blue And Old Gold: The History Of The British South Africa Police 1889-1980 - Peter Gibbs, Hugh Phillips & Nick Russell

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Peter Gibbs was born in London in 1903, educated at Aldenham, and lived in Bulawayo since 1936. A number of his books have been published in London and New York. He served in the BSA Police Reserve for 21 years, retiring with the rank of reserve superintendent. He was awarded the MBE in 1964. He is deceased. Hugh Phillips was...

THE CIA AND BRITISH MERCENARIES IN ANGOLA, 1975-1976

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 53 THE CIA AND BRITISH MERCENARIES IN ANGOLA, 1975-1976 - Stephen Rookes The 1974 Carnation Revolution came as a blessing for independence movements in Portugal's African colonies: Angola, Mozambique and Portuguese Guinea. As had been the case in a number of sub-Saharan countries suddenly finding themselves free of the colonial yoke, the political vacuum left behind by a...

War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 4: Angolan and Cuban Air Forces, 1985-1987

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 54 WAR OF INTERVENTION IN ANGOLA VOLUME 4: Angolan and Cuban Air Forces, 1985-1987 - Tom Cooper, Adrien Fontanellaz, Jose Augusto Matos War of Intervention in Angola, Volume 4, continues the coverage of the operational history of the Angolan Air Force and Air Defence Force (FAPA/DAA) as told by Angolan and Cuban sources, in the period 1985-1987. Many accounts...

FOR GOD AND THE CIA: Cuban Exile Forces in the Congo and Beyond c.1961-1967

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 52 FOR GOD AND THE CIA: Cuban Exile Forces in the Congo and Beyond c.1961-1967 - Stephen Rookes As the United Nations armed forces found themselves struggling to quell a series of armed rebellions, towards the end of 1962 the United States increased its military role in the Congo Crisis by providing the Congolese government with a small air...

Commando: Shoot To Kill - Peter Rische

R 275.00

Ranged against two powerful communist terrorist armies, the small, under-equipped army of Rhodesia defied all military convention by not only resisting the onslaught, but taking the fight to the very heart of the ZIPRA and ZANLA terrorist machines. The efforts of the Rhodesian army and air force shocked the world; how could such a small force of men repel the...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - SWASPES

R 450.00

SWASPES - Commemorative Challenge Coin. Only 100 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

62256623PE: Die memoirs van Brigadier Generaal Josienne “Jos” Rabie SM, MMM

R 300.00

Hierdie boek, 62256623PE, het sy ontstaan te danke aan ‘n veteraan en oupa wat sy stories aan sy kinders en kleinkinders wou vertel. Die plan was om dit by wyse van ‘n paar “opstelle” te doen maar dit het weldra in ‘n outobiografie van 491 bladsye geëindig. Hoewel dit begin by 1723, toe die eerste Rabe sy voet in die...

The Rebel In Me: A ZANLA Guerrilla Commander In The Rhodesian Bush War, 1974-1980 - Agrippah Mutambara

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This is the true story of a young guerrilla commander brought up in a Christian family in Rhodesia, a former colony of Britain. Exposed to the excesses of a colonial regime where race and racism determined one’s status in society, and influenced by the radical anti-racial views of his parents and later of fellow students and work mates, his character...

Grensoorlogstories - Jeanette Ferreira

R 180.00

Aangrypende verhale deur gevestigde en nuwe Afrikaanse skrywers. 'n Kreatiewe, eerlike en roerende weergawe van onlangse Suid-Afirkaanse geskiedenis. Sagteband, 184 bladsye

Portuguese Commandos: Feared Insurgent Hunters, 1961-1974 (John P Cann)

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 27 Portuguese Commandos: Feared Insurgent Hunters, 1961-1974 (John P Cann) During the 13-year insurgency (1961–74) in Portuguese Africa, more than 800,000 men and women served in the Portuguese armed forces. Of this number, about 9,000 served as commandos (or about 1 percent). Yet their combat losses ― 357 dead, 28 missing in action and 771 wounded ― represented...

The Fuzileiros: Portuguese Marines in Africa, 1961-1974 (John P Cann)

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 25 The Fuzileiros: Portuguese Marines in Africa, 1961-1974 In 1961, Portugal found itself fighting a war to retain its colonial possessions and preserve the remnants of its Empire. It was almost completely unprepared to do so, and this was particularly evident in its ability to project power and to control the vast colonial spaces of Africa. Following...

Weep For Africa: A Rhodesian Light Infantry Paratrooper's Farewell To Innocence - Jeremey Hall

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Jeremy Hall’s childhood in the white-ruled apartheid South Africa of the 1950's and ’60s was ostensibly idyllic: growing up in the farming areas of Natal, he had free rein to pander to his keen exploratory mind, yet niggling away was entrenched racism and interracial hatred. Closeted in the hallowed halls of an English-speaking high school, the revelation of the real...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Sector 10 - 102 Battalion

R 400.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin: Sector 10 - 102 Battalion. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

BIAFRA: The Nigerian Civil War: 1967–1970 (Peter Baxter)

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 16 BIAFRA: The Nigerian Civil War: 1967–1970 Nigeria was a unique concept in the formation of modern Africa. It began life as a highly lucrative if climatically challenging holding of the Royal Niger Company, a British Chartered Company under the control of Victorian capitalist Sir George Taubman Goldie. It was handed over to indigenous rule in 1960...

Standby! South African Air Force Search and Rescue - Brig Gen Dick Lord

R 295.00

Unsung heroes—the selfless heroism of South Africa’s airmen In the air force no mission receives greater priority than the mission of mercy. When lives are at stake all resources available are dedicated to the task. Aircrew, ground crew, paramedics, doctors, mountaineers, navy divers, policemen and trained civilian volunteers are rapidly organized into a rescue team and dispatched with all haste...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - SADF Equestrian Centre

R 450.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin - SADF Equestrian Centre, Mounted Infantry. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.

Portuguese Dragoons, 1966-1974: The Return to Horseback - John P. Cann

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 35 Portuguese Dragoons, 1966-1974: The Return to Horseback - John P. Cann Between 1961 and 1974 Portugal fought a war to retain its African colonies of Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique. Collectively known as the Campaigns for Africa, the origin of the conflict stems from the post-World War II atmosphere of nationalism and anti-colonial fervour. The Angolan insurgency...

OPERATIONS ‘LEOPARD’ AND ‘RED BEAN’ - KOLWEZI 1978 - FRENCH AND BELGIAN INTERVENTION IN ZAIRE

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 32 OPERATIONS ‘LEOPARD’ AND ‘RED BEAN’ - KOLWEZI 1978 - FRENCH AND BELGIAN INTERVENTION IN ZAIRE This book provides a history of the roots of FNLC (Front for the National Liberation of the Congo: ex-Katanga Gendarmerie) in Angola and Zaire, political situation under Mobutu regime, FNLC incursions into Zaire border since 1977 (“Shaba Wars I and II”)...

My Cryptic Life - Donald Els Alanby

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Ever wondered what it was really like in the SA police during the “Apartheid Era”? Find out by walking in the daily footsteps of a young policeman on the borders of “Rhodesia”, in Uniform, as a Detective, in the “Drug Squad” and eventually the secretive and notorious Security Branch. Cross swords with members of “Koevoet” and discover hidden agendas in...

Motoring Memories Of The British South Africa Police - Barry Woan & Peter Huson

R 300.00

MOTORING MEMORIES OF THE BRITISH SOUTH AFRICA POLICE - Written & compiled by Barry Woan & Peter Huson This book starts with a history of the British South Africa Police (BSAP) Motor Car Club, which would never have existed if it had not been for the enthusiasm of the then Commissioner, Basil Spurling.  It was a success during its short...

SIERRA WHISKEY: Ten Years in South African Special Forces - Schalk W. Fourie

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This is the story of Schalk W Fourie’s ten years in the elite South African Army Special Forces, commonly known as the “Recces.”SW started his military career as a national serviceman at 1 Special Service Battalion, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He volunteered for Special Forces and a year later, after completing the hardest Special Forces Selection in the world, and...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - "Mad Mike" Hoare

R 950.00

"Mad Mike" Hoare challenge coin commemorating his 100th birthday celebration on 17 March 2019, coin ships with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mike. Coin diameter 50mm. 

The Paras: Portugal's First Elite Force (John P Cann)

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 28 THE PARAS: PORTUGAL'S FIRST ELITE FORCE (AFRICA@WAR) Portuguese paratroopers or "paras" began as a stepchild of the army and found a home in the Portuguese Air Force in 1955. Initially, the post-World War Two Portuguese Army seemed to have had mixed emotions about the need for elite, special-purpose forces that operated in small units with the attendant...

My Memoirs of the British South African Police - John Shaw

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My memoirs of the British South African Police 1966 - 1981 ... and a Colonial Upbringing in Northern Rhodesia Throughout the author’s life in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) his father was a member of the Northern Rhodesia Police and the author sets about recording various incidents in the life of a youngster growing up on the numerous towns and police stations...

Soutie and the Big Crocodile - Sapper Soutpiel

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When the Big Crocodile (PW Botha) enlisted young foreigners in South Africa’s armed forces he was expecting the heroic descendants of Vasco Da Gama, Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Rommel. Instead, he got Sapper Soutpiel an asthmatic, short-sighted, brandy-swilling punk rocker who thought that the army would be fun.  Welcome to the crazy world of short-sighted driving instructor Sergeant Snor,...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Sector 10 - 53 Battalion

R 450.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin: Sector 10 - 53 Battalion. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 7 SA Infantry Battalion

R 400.00

7 SA Infantry Battalion - Commemorative Challenge Coin. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

Anecdotes Of The Anglo-Boer War: Tales From The Last of The Gentlemen's Wars - Rob Milne

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Wars always generate stories and everybody loves a story. Rob Milne has compiled this selection of Anglo-Boer War stories from all over South Africa and recounts them in a book that saddens, mystifies, but most of all entertains. There's the devotion of the English fiance'e who for 60 years sent a sprig of heather to the Chrissiesmeer Post Office for...

Zambezi Valley Insurgency: Early Rhodesian Bush War Operations - JRT Wood

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 5 ZAMBEZI VALLEY INSURGENCY Across Africa in the post-1956 era, the aspirations of African nationalists to secure power were boosted and quickly realized by the British, French and Belgian hasty retreat from empire. The Portuguese, Southern Rhodesian and South African governments, however, stood firm. Influenced by the Communist bloc, these nationalists adopted the ‘Armed Struggle’. In the...

Three Frigates: The South African Navy Comes Of Age - Rear Admiral Chris Bennett

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Story of the President Class Navy Frigates in the South African Navy. For nearly two decades the three President Class frigates acquired by the SA Navy in the 1960s dominated the South African maritime scene. These three ships - President Kruger, President Steyn and President Pretorius were ordered from Britain in the 1950's. Paperback, 290 pages Published June 2006

The Battle for Smokeshell: 10 June 1980 - Willem Steenkamp

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It was a career-long desire for Maj Genl (Ret) Johann Dippenaar to find the exact area where the Battle for Smokeshell took place on 10 June 1980. This was to be the start of a dedicated tour of Smokeshell veterans that would have taken place to  arrive at the exact coordinates on 10 June 2020 –to commemorate the 40th anniversary...

Buccaneers of 24 Squadron – Book 3 – The New Era (Hard Cover)

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This is the ‘concise’ (561 page) story of the Buccaneer aircraft in service with 24 Squadron. The period covered by this book is from 1976 to 1984. This was the beginning of the new era with the 600 series modified Buccaneers entering service. During this period the Buccaneer went to war for the first time and cover all the other...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 5 SA Infantry Battalion

R 400.00

5 SA Infantry Battalion - Commemorative Challenge Coin. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

FROM CUNENE TO CABO DELGADO - Louis Lubbe

R 475.00

For 28 years bloody wars were fought in South West Africa, Angola, Rhodesia and Mozambique. This is a photographic account... A4, softcover, 383 pages First edition, second print 2018.

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) #2

R 450.00

Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) - Commemorative Challenge Coin #2. 50mm diameter. 

The Kevin Woods Story: In The Shadow Of Mugabe's Gallows

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Kevin Woods was sentenced to death in Zimbabwe and jailed for twenty years by Robert Mugabe. For more than five years of his detention he was held in the shadow of Mugabe's gallows, cut off from the world, naked and in solitary confinement. He had been a senior member of Mugabe's dreaded Central Intelligence Organization, the CIO, and was jailed...

The Great Lakes Conflagration: Second Congo War 1998–2003 (Tom Cooper)

R 220.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 14 THE GREAT LAKES CONFLAGRATION: Second Congo War 1998–2003 Great Lakes Conflagration is the second in two volumes covering military operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the turn from the 21st century. This volume explores developments in the DRC that led to the outbreak of violence in August 1998, and systematically details the continued...

Delta Scout: Ground Coverage Operator - Tony Trethowan

R 250.00

As a young Patrol Officer, Tony Tretowan was to experience rural life in remote stations in the bush of Matabeleland. He embraced the experience and learned Sindebele within a few months. The book is richly interspersed with anecdotes of wild frontier life - of rowdy prospectors, obstreperous farmers, maverick hunters and bizarre eccentrics. He deals with a wide array of...

De La Rey: 'n Stryd Vir Vryheid - AWG Raath

R 480.00

Genl. J.H. de la Rey se gedenkskrifte oor die Anglo-Boereoorlog was nie net kripties nie – hy het dit nooit voltooi nie! Hy was ’n man van min woorde, wat annotering noodsaaklik maak indien ’n boek oor sy herinneringe geskryf sou word. Maar selfs annotering slaag nie ten volle daarin om die optrede van die generaal en die verloop van...

Operation Dingo: Rhodesian Raid On Chimoio And Tembue 1977 - JRT Wood

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AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 1 OPERATION DINGO: Rhodesian Raid On Chimoio And Tembue, 1977 Startling in its innovation and daringly suicidal, Operation Dingo was not only the Fireforce concept writ large but the prototype for all the major Rhodesian airborne attacks on the external bases of Rhodesian African nationalist insurgents in the neighboring territories of Mozambique and Zambia until such operations ceased...

A Man - A Soldier: The Memoirs of Gen George Meiring

R 395.00

General Georg Meiring is the last of the BIG FIVE GENERALS of the Border War era – consisting of names that were commonly heard in South African households and often on the lips of many a young national serviceman of that time, Magnus Malan, Constand Viljoen, Jannie Geldenhuys, Kat Liebenberg, Georg Meiring. These were the leaders of the most powerful...

Pirates of 24: A Pictorial Tribute to the Buccaneer S Mk50

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A pictorial tribute to the Buccaneer S Mk50, compiled by Johan Conradie and members of 24 Squadron SAAF. Foreword by Lt Gen Mike Muller. The Buccaneer was the best aircraft in the SAAF inventory in terms of an African Bush War according to Brig-Gen Dick Lord. The Buccaneer era started on 25th May 1965 when Cmdt Bob Rogers and Maj...

"The Brave Collection" Challenge Coin - Jack Greeff HC PMD MMM

R 850.00

"The Brave Collection" is a limited series of challenge coins where the recipients of various bravery awards in the SADF or SAP are honored. Each coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the decorated recipient. A limited number of only 50 coins were manufactured. The coin diameter is 50mm. Jack Greeff, born in the Free State town...

Huilwater: 30 Stories in die langpad - LJ Bothma

R 250.00

"Louis Bothma kan skryf", sê resensente soos Koos Kombuis en Frans­johan Pretorius, maar hy het ook as storieverteller sy kleim afgesteek. Huilwater is 'n bundel van 30 lekkerlees-stories. Dit bou voort op Losbaadjiesak, Bothma se versameling stories in die langpad wat in 2011 verskyn het. Hy vertel van sy kindertyd in die  Boesmanland, studentejare en -vriende, loopbaan as dosent in...

From Tailhooker to Mudmover: An Autobiography - Brig Gen (Ret) Dick Lord

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This book traces an extraordinary career through nearly four decades of military aviation. Dick Lord, well known as an aviation raconteur, tells a tale of military flying at its very best. He covers, in amusing detail, the life of a carrier pilot in both the Royal Naval Fleet Air Arm and the United States Navy. His unusual career then led...

Ops Medic: A National Serviceman's Border War - Steven Webb

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As a recent British immigrant the author was exempt from the compulsory two-year call-up for National Service that all white South African males faced when they turned 18. Despite this he volunteered for National Service in July 1984 and then volunteered to serve in the South African Medical Service. Following basic training he was posted to SAMS' Combat Medical Operation...

Total Onslaught: War and Revolution in Southern Africa (1945-2018) - Paul Moorcraft

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The end of the Second World War may have heralded peace in Europe but conflicts in Southern Africa were about to begin. The imperial powers were weakened by the cost of war and a string of wars challenged colonial rule in countries such as Namibia, Angola and Rhodesia. Once independence was achieved, civil wars between rival factions unfamiliar with democratic...

Commemorative Challenge Coin: IDF Unit 269 – Sayeret Matkal

R 450.00

Unit 269 – Sayeret Matkal – the IDF's principal reconnaissance (Sayeret) unit, used mainly to obtain strategic intelligence behind enemy lines and to perform hostage-rescue missions on foreign soil. It is directly subordinate to the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate.  Coin Diameter: 50 mm (2")

Journey through Many Worlds - Johan Dempers

R 280.00

This is a fascinating story which started 15 years ago when the author responded to a newspaper advertisement from one Joe Brooks, seeking a fellow adventurer to take part in what seemed to be a crazy venture: a 15,000 kilometer trip across the continent of South America-by pane, train, on foot and by canoe. Together, the two men travelled through...

Gift Card

R 200.00

Once your order has been paid & fulfilled, a discount code will be sent via e-mail which you can then use at checkout to redeem your gift card. Cards available in R200, R350 & R500 denominations.

Tumult In The Clouds: Stories from the South African Air Force 1920 – 2010 - Dean Wingrin

R 355.00

The South African Air Force (SAAF), formed on 1 February 1920, is the second oldest air force in the Commonwealth. The air arm played a major role in securing victory for the Allies during the Second World War, in the 1948/49 Berlin Airlift, and in Korea in the 1950s. The SAAF assisted Rhodesia in the 1960s and ’70s, made a...

No Easy Battle - Captain Wanda Zondi

R 225.00

No Easy Battle: How I Overcame Extreme Obstacles to Achieve My Dream, the battle may not be easy, but it's worth it.  Wanda Zondi was born on 14 April 1984 in the rural areas of Mhlanga village in the small district of Libode in Eastern Cape. Having grown up under extreme poverty, he had to dig deep within in order...

Piet Retief Commando: The Story of a Border Commando 1880 - 2007 (Walter Volker)

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This well researched and well illustrated book is focusing on the Piet Retief Commando and also covers a wide area of South African military history. It provides an overview of the history from pioneering days right up to closure in 20017 - including the commanding officers, RSM, badges and insignia, and achievements during two Boer wars and during the Border...

Watershed: Angola And Mozambique: A Photo-history: The Portuguese Collapse In Africa, 1974-1975 - Wilf Nussey

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In the first quarter of 1974 the advance of African independence that began in Ghana in 1956 had ground to a halt in southern Africa. It had come up against a seemingly impenetrable wall of white and colonial rule: the Portuguese in Angola and Mozambique, the UDI regime in Rhodesia, South African rule in South West Africa (Namibia), and the...

The Rhodesian War: Fifty Years On - Paul Moorcraft

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Fifty years on, this superb and exciting book depicts the military history of Southern Rhodesia from the first resistance to colonial rule, through the period of UDI by the Smith government to the Lancaster House agreement that transferred power. There are vivid accounts of the operations against the black nationalist 'guerillas' by the security forces and the intensity of the...

Operation Savannah: The Troops’ Diaries - Vol 1 & 2 (Hardcover)

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Operation Savannah – the Troops’ Diaries Vol 1 & 2 Bookset Much has been written about Operation Savannah by politicians, historians, academics, generals, and senior officers. Those perspectives were not always shared by the very young men who were involved at the front. Many of Operation Savannah’s veterans have struggled to share their experience, even with family and friends. Most...

RIPE FOR REBELLION: Political and Military Insurgency in the Congo, 1946-1964

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 51 RIPE FOR REBELLION: Political and Military Insurgency in the Congo, 1946-1964 - Stephen Rookes After many years of political struggle, the Belgian Congo was finally granted its independence in June 1960. Becoming the Republic of the Congo (and later the Democratic Republic of the Congo), what was supposed to be a momentous occasion in the country's history...

Mozambique Hell Run: Trucking Tales of the War - Miguel A. Mitras

R 230.00

An unforgettable memoir about driving through Africa’s most treacherous roads during the Mozambican civil war. They called it the ‘Hell Run’. Miguel Mitras weaves a story of friendships, human vulnerability and navigating through emotions that come at you. In this candid account of trucking through Mozambique in 1991, you might even find a little laugh bubbling out as you read...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Sector 10 - 52 Battalion

R 450.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin: Sector 10 - 52 Battalion. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Sector 10 - 54 Battalion

R 450.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin: Sector 10 - 54 Battalion. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

MAU MAU: The Kenyan Emergency 1952–60 (Peter Baxter)

R 220.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 7 MAU MAU: THE KENYAN EMERGENCY 1952–60 The Second World War forever altered the complexion of the British Empire. From Cyprus to Malaya, from Borneo to Suez, the dominoes began to fall within a decade of peace in Europe. Africa in the late 1940s and 1950s was energized by the grant of independence to India, and the...

THE BIAFRAN ARMY 1967-70 - Phillip S. Jowett

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 47 THE BIAFRAN ARMY 1967-70 - Phillip S. Jowett Synonymous with the starvation that killed almost two million people, Biafra was a parastate that voted to secede from Nigeria in May 1967. Formally recognized by Gabon, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, and Zambia, and supported by France, Israel, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Rhodesia, and even the Vatican, Biafra’s attempt to...

Against All Odds: The Epic Story of the Oceanos Rescue - Andrew Pike

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- 4 August 1991 - Rescue ship to a person on the bridge of the fast sinking OCEANOS “Where are you?”“I don’t really know, somewhere between East London and Durban.”“Can you give me your actual position?”“No”“What is your rank?”“I’m the guitarist” ‘Recording the time as 12.05 am and date as 4 August, musician Moss Hills added calmly: “So I guess we’re going...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Sector 10 - 51 Battalion

R 450.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin: Sector 10 - 51 Battalion. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

Die Grensoorlog In Ons Binnekant: Hanteer Verlies Gelowig - Ds Klasie Steenkamp

R 220.00

 “Dit was soos ’n geweerskoot in die nag. Die teiken is getref – op meer as een manier … Die bloed het in my ore gesuis … ‘U seun, Wouter, is dood.’ ” Een stukkende oomblik, ‘n leeftyd van verlies; ‘n emosionele kettingbotsing wat verhoudings verander – en soms wrakke langs die pad laat. Deur fyn gefiltreerde terugflitse nooi dominee...

The Rhodesia Regiment: From Boer War To Bush War, 1899-1980 - Alex Binda

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The Rhodesia Regiment fought for the Queen and then the King in the Boer War, the King in German West Africa, German East Africa, the Western Front and finally in the Salonica campaign during the Great War of 1914-1918, then for the King in World War II on all fronts on land, sea and in the air. During the 1960s...

Out Of Action - Chris Cocks

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Out of Action is the sequel to the best-selling Fireforce: One Man's War in the Rhodesian Light Infantry. Part 1, "War," chronicles Chris Cocks' final 16 months of combat in the Rhodesian bush war, as a stick leader in PATU, the Police Anti-Terrorist Unit. It is a time of unbelievable cruelty as the part-time white reservists battle overwhelming odds, without...

The Last of Africa's Cold War Conflicts - Al J. Venter

R 600.00

Portugal was the first European country to colonise Africa. It was also the last to leave, almost five centuries later. During the course of what Lisbon called its “civilizing mission in Africa” the Portuguese weathered numerous insurrections, but none as severe as the guerrilla war first launched in Angola in 1961 and two years later in Portuguese Guinea. While Angola...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Sector 10 - 25 Engineering Squadron

R 450.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin: Sector 10 - 25 Engineering Squadron. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

Commemorative Challenge Coin - IDF Shayetet 13

R 450.00

Shayetet 13 (Hebrew: שייטת 13‎‎, lit. Flotilla 13) is a unit of the Israeli Navy and one of the primary special operations units of the Israel Defense Forces. Shayetet 13 specializes in sea-to-land incursions, counter-terrorism, sabotage, maritime intelligence gathering, maritime hostage rescue, and boarding. The unit is trained for sea, air and land actions. The unit has taken part in...

Paratus - October 1980 (Digital Magazine)

R 3.99

Paratus - October 1980 (Digital Magazine) Paratus was the SADF's official magazine from November 1970 up to April 1994, a total of 281 magazines. We've attempted to preserve these historical magazines and although initially printed on the least expensive and least durable paper, a high quality digital reproduction, scanned at 300dpi, is now available. The download links will be available...

Los af! - Cobus Bothma

R 200.00

Kortverhale oor die Bosoorlog in Suidwes-Afrika en Angola  ‘Die gety is net reg vir boeke oor die Bosoorlog in Suidwes Afrika en Angola. En die beste is gewoonlik daardie wat geskryf is deur mense wat daar was – soos Cobus Bothma. Hy skryf soos ’n mens mens. Sy vertellings raak ligte sentimentele note en swaar snare.’ So skryf Genl. Jannie...

Malloch's Spitfire: The Story and Restoration of PK350 - Nick Meikle

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Pursuit of a dream … Spitfire PK350 is the only late-mark Spitfire, an F Mk 22, to have ever been restored to full flying status. She had no restrictions on her airframe and with four fully serviceable 20mm cannons, she was as good as the day she came off the production line in July 1945 at the massive Castle Bromwich...

Tiger Battalion 507 - Helmut Schneider

R 600.00

This is the little-known story of Heavy Panzer (Tiger) Battalion 507 told through the recollections of the men who fought with the unit.  The book was conceived during a reunion of the 507' at Rohrdorf in 1982, where it was agreed to set up an editorial committee under Helmut Schneider, himself a veteran of the battalion, to search for as...

ETHIOPIAN-ERITREAN WARS: VOL 1 - ERITREAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, 1961-1988

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 29 ETHIOPIAN-ERITREAN WARS, VOLUME 1 - ERITREAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE, 1961-1988 Ethiopia, a country of ancient origins in eastern Africa, has remained a military powerhouse of that continent until the present day. Currently involved in the war in neighbouring Somalia, Ethiopia was also involved in half a dozen of other armed conflicts during the last 60 years....

Out On a Limb - Nick Skipworth-Michell

R 240.00

Having left English public schooling Nick decided that he should return to Rhodesia in 1979 to enlist. This is a story of how, having joined up, he had his leg amputated at the age of 17 and continued to serve as a trained combat medic for both the Rhodesian Forces and later the Zimbabwe National Army. This is his story...

DZ: Memoires van 'n Parabat - Johan Engelbrecht

R 280.00

In hierdie werk deel Johan Engelbrecht sy persoonlike herinneringe met die lesers. Hy het reeds op 17-jarige ouderdom formeel aansoek gedoen vir toelating tot 1 Valskermbataljon se springkursus. Die Bataljon se se valskerm kwalifikasievleuls is op 18-jarige ouderdom aan hom toegeken en slegs 3 weke later is hy ook tot onderkorporaal bevorder. Hierdie werk is volgens die skrywer net sy...

Commemorative Challenge Coin - Sector 10 - Training Unit

R 450.00

Commemorative Challenge Coin: Sector 10 - Training Unit. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

Commemorative Challenge Coin - 1 SA Infantry Battalion

R 400.00

1 SA Infantry Battalion - Commemorative Challenge Coin. Only 50 manufactured, numbered. 50mm diameter.  

"The Brave Collection" Challenge Coin - Douw Steyn HC SM MMM PSN

R 850.00

"The Brave Collection" is a limited series of challenge coins where the recipients of various bravery awards in the SADF or SAP are honored. Each coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the decorated recipient. A limited number of only 50 coins were manufactured. The coin diameter is 50mm. Daniel (Douw) Steyn joined the Army in 1974...

Paratus - September 1986 (Digital Magazine)

R 3.99

Paratus - September 1986 (Digital Magazine) Paratus was the SADF's official magazine from November 1970 up to April 1994, a total of 281 magazines. We've attempted to preserve these historical magazines and although initially printed on the least expensive and least durable paper, a high quality digital reproduction, scanned at 300dpi, is now available. The download links will be available...

France In Centrafique: From Bokassa And Operation Barracuda To The Days Of EUFOR (Peter Baxter)

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 36 (Revised Edition) FRANCE IN CENTRAFIQUE France in Centrafrique explores the early colonial and post-colonial history of French Equatorial Africa with a particular emphasis on the role of the Central African Republic in the Second World War and the Free French Movement. One of the key figures to emerge from this period, and a man who would shape...

Boereoorlogstories: 34 Verhale oor die Oorlog van 1899 - 1902 - Jeanette Ferreira

R 375.00

Die Anglo-Boereoorlog het sy spore op die ganse Suid-Afrikaanse bevolking gelaat. Oor 'n eeu heen het sentimente jeens die oorlog gewissel en die talle gesigspunte in hierdie kortverhaalbundel getuig daarvan. Begrip vir joiners en hendsoppers is een van vele gesigspunte wat niefiksionele historiese beskouings grootliks vooruit was met die eerste uitgawe in 1998. Terselfdertyd herleef pynlike kennis van bannelinge, vroue...

EIGHTH ARMY VERSUS ROMMEL: Tactics, Training and Operations in North Africa 1940-42 - James Colvin

R 600.00

Eighth Army Versus Rommel is a riveting account of the Desert War from 1940 through Montgomery's celebrated battle of Alamein in 1942. Comprehensively researched and rich in previously unpublished material, it examines the undertrained and underfunded pre-war British Army, contrasting its leadership with its opposite numbers in Germany, and demonstrates how and why Eighth Army had difficulties in its first 18...

THE HORNS OF THE BEAST: The Swakop River Campaign and World War I in South-West Africa 1914-15 - James Stejskal

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In December of 1914, veteran Boer commander General Louis Botha landed his forces on the coast of German South West Africa to finish off the colony’s Schutztruppe defenders. In August, the South Africans had started off badly with a disastrous battle at Sandfontein and an internal rebellion that could have torn the Union of South Africa apart. Botha’s campaign would...

THE EYES OF THE DESERT RATS: British Long-Range Reconnaissance Operations in the North African Desert 1940-43 - David Syrett

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Made up of members of the Coldstream and Scots Guards, British yeomanry cavalry regiments, New Zealanders, South Africans, and Indian Army men, the Long Range Desert Group was perhaps the most effective of all the "special forces" established by the Allies during the Second World War. It was able to go thousands of miles into enemy territory, well-armed and carrying...