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1-Recce was the sharpest, most versatile and deadliest specialist unit in the entire South African army. These men were super fit, unbelievably tough and stopped at nothing. Time and again they put their lives at risk in the execution of highly secret operations behind enemy lines.

For decades these missions have been kept secret. Now, for the first time, the Recces' most famous generals (including the legendary colonel Jan Breytenbach) reveal their involvement in many highly sensitive political operations.

Explosive revelations are made of a collapsed mission to blow up key ANC figures in the final years of the apartheid era. They tell of 1-Recce's involvement in the controversial Border War and reveal the existence of a top secret squadron in the then Rhodesian army.

After years of myths and secrecy, this book gives a new perspective on the Recces and the way they operated invisibly behind the scenes.

Paperback, 352 pages

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
1Recce the night belongs to us

Nice to read.True .Good research done

Execellent book.

Very easy to read.You get to feel the pain of training and tension before battle.Then the chaos and heartstoping action in battle.So brave men.Looking forward to part 2.

1 Recce, the night belongs to us

Real good informative book,, hope # 2 is out soon


A well written and researched book. Translation into English is spot on.

Ok, but....

First the positives: as far as I could tell, the book seemed highly authentic. The author covers real situations, and people, with confidence and some skill. As far as the negatives are concerned:
- structure/weighting: I felt the book focussed to heavily on the section covering selection. The reader accepts that the entry criteria were rigorous, but I feel the author belabours the point. He also fails to provide much in the way of his perspective: was the training the correct level of toughness? In hindsight, could it have best been altered in a particular way? How does he feel to was similar/different to that of other special force units? He then covers some of the unit's operational activities, interspersed (often amusingly) with aspects of the men's personal lives. Whilst this section is interesting, I would like to know how he felt the unit's deployment was in agreement with the original mission of the Recces? Also, as hinted at in the selection of the author to tell the tale, the unit was culturally predominantly Afrikaans. What were the positives and/or negatives of that?