"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...

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...

AFRICA@WAR 23: Wars and Insurgencies of Uganda 1971-1994

R 395.00

AFRICA@WAR 23: Wars and Insurgencies of Uganda 1971-1994 In 1971, Idi Amin Dada, a former officer of the King’s African Rifles and commander of the Ugandan Army, seized power in a military coup in Uganda. Characterised by human rights abuses, political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption and gross economic mismanagement, Amin’s rule drove thousands into exile. Amin shifted...

ANGOLAN RENDEZVOUS: Man and Nature in the Shadow of War

R 260.00

In Angola everything is interwoven: life and death, war and peace. Ostensibly, this book is in two voices: Tamar Golan, Israel’s first Ambassador to Angola, deals with the political/diplomatic aspects, while the stories on gorillas, the Black giant sable and Nature are by zoologist/ecologist, Tamar Ron. But in reality, the book has one voice, one of love for Angola, its...

Angolan War of Liberation - Colonial-Communist Clash, 1961-1974 - Al J.Venter

R 375.00

When a large group of rebels invaded Angola from a recently independent Congo in 1961, it heralded the opening shots in another African war of independence. Between 1961 and 1974, Portugal faced the extremely ambitious task of conducting three simultaneous counterinsurgency campaigns to preserve its hegemony of Angola, Portuguese Guinea and Mozambique. While other European states were falling over themselves...

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...

BIAFRA'S WAR 1967-1970: A Tribal Conflict In Nigeria That Left A Million Dead - Al J Venter

R 630.00

Almost half a century has passed since the Nigerian Civil War ended. But memories die hard, because a million or more people perished in that internecine struggle, the majority women and children, who were starved to death. Biafra’s war was modern Africa’s first extended conflict. It lasted almost three years and was based largely on ethnic, by inference, tribal grounds....

Black Hawks Rising: The Story of AMISOM's Successful War against Somali Insurgents, 2007-2014

R 500.00

“Black Hawks Rising” tells the story of the formation and deployment of the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) in March 2007. Initially confined to peacekeeping within the Mogadishu enclave, it transformed into a peace-making mission. Many - including the author, who predicted the mission was DOA (Dead on Arrival) - gave the mission little chance of success. As a...

Brown Waters Of Africa: Portuguese Riverine Warfare 1961-1974 - John P. Cann

R 490.00

During World War II, Portugal played its cards uncommonly well as a neutral and subsequently became a member of NATO. This membership resulted in a modernizing of its navy and its integration into the Atlantic Alliance. By 1960, when other colonial powers were abandoning their empires, Portugal made the decision to cling to its possessions, as they had been Portuguese...

C-130 Hercules: A History - Martin W. Bowman

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Designed in response to a 1951 requirement, the C-130 Hercules is the most successful military airlifter ever built. Since it first flew in prototype form on 23 August 1954, more than 2,100 have been produced in over eighty different versions. Across its variants, the Hercules serves more than sixty air forces, as well as many civilian cargo operators, in a...

Come Back to Portofino: Through Italy with the 6th South African Armoured Division - James Bourhill

R 350.00

Using archival sources and private documents recently unearthed, Come Back to Portofino chronicles the journey taken by volunteers in the 6th South African Armoured Division.  From training camps in Egypt through to the blissful summer of 1945 the ‘Div’ left its mark on towns and villages across Italy. From Monte Cassino to the outskirts of Venice and the River Po the campaign...

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...

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...

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...

EL ALAMEIN 1942: Turning Point in the Desert - Robert Doherty

R 500.00

The Battle of El Alamein is well established as a pivotal moment of the Second World War. Following the wildly fluctuating fortunes of the opposing sides, there was a real risk that Rommel’s Afrika Korps and his Italian allies would break through and seize Cairo with catastrophic strategic and political implications for the Allies. That this never happened is, of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

From Addis To The Aosta Valley: A South African In The North African And Italian Campaigns 1940–1945 - Keith Ford

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Based on the author’s diaries, From Addis to the Aosta Valley is the account of Keith Ford’s service in the Second World War from 1940–1945. As a gunner, he was deployed ‘up north’ to East Africa and experienced his first taste of action with the 1st South African Division during the invasion of Italian Somaliland; thereafter he was involved in...

GUDERIAN: Panzer General - Kenneth Macksey

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Born in Kulm, Germany, on 17 June 1888, Heinz Wilhelm Guderian was the son of an army officer. He eventually joined the German Army and was commissioned in the Jaegers in 1908 where he became a communications specialist. He fought in the First World War and afterwards was a member of the right-wing Freikorps units. Between the wars, Guderian became...

GUNS OF THE ELITE FORCES - John Walter

R 395.00

Guns of the Elite Forces provides a penetrating account of the weapons that elite fighting troops carry into combat. Such elites have always existed in the armies of the world. During the Second World War, elite units sprang up in most theatres of conflict the German Brandenburgers carried out clandestine operations in Poland; in the Western Desert, the Long Range...

I won't be home next Summer - Ron Selley & Karen Cocks

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Ronnie Selley, a South African from rural Natal, joined the RAF on a short-service commission in 1937, considered the Golden Age of aviation. During these glory years of Howard Hughes and Amelia Earhart few guessed at the brewing storm and dark days to come. After completing his training on antiquated First World War aircraft, Selley was posted to 220 Squadron...

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...

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...

KITCHENER: The Man Not The Myth - Anne Samson

R 600.00

In contrast to the existing biographies which treat Kitchener as British, the author of Kitchener: The Man, considers him an outsider within the British establishment. Of his 64 years, a mere 11, and those not consecutive, were spent in England. He learned from those around him, ways that were not always understood and appreciated by those educated in England. Using...

MALICE AFORETHOUGHT: A History of Booby Traps from the First World War to Vietnam - Ian Jones

R 450.00

Malice Aforethought traces the design, deployment and effectiveness of booby traps throughout both world wars to the Vietnam War. Expertly and compellingly written, this study is a tribute to the brave men who risked their lives daily to neutralise the booby traps laid in the dimly lit dugouts of the Western Front, on the beaches of Normandy, or in the...

MAU MAU REBELLION: The Emergency in Kenya 1952-1956 - Nick van der Bijl

R 500.00

In The Mau Mau Rebellion, the author describes the background to and the course of a short but brutal late colonial campaign in Kenya. The Mau Mau, a violent and secretive Kikuyu society, aimed to restore the proud tribe’s pre-colonial superiority and rule. The 1940s saw initial targeting of Africans working for the colonial government and by 1952 the situation...

MEN OF THE MENDI: South Africa's Forgotten Heroes of World War 1 - Brenda Shepherd

R 280.00

This is the story of the sinking of the SS Mendi during WW1, the bravery of the men on board and the ensuing inquiry conducted by the Board of Trade in London. The story follows the small band of survivors to France where they complete their tour of duty. The First World War rages in Europe, it is a white...

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...

Mozambican Civil War: Marxist–Apartheid Proxy, 1977–1992 - Stephen Emerson

R 395.00

As the Cold War raged on in the 1970s and 1980s, much of southern Africa, from Angola to Mozambique, became caught up in the superpower competition as local and regional proxies for both Moscow and Washington fought it out on the battlefield. Thus, the struggle to determine the future of a newly independent Mozambique was shaped by multiple factors beyond...

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...

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...

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...

OPERATION BARBAROSSA AND THE EASTERN FRONT 1941 - Michael Olive & Robert Edwards

R 475.00

“Operation Barbarossa and the Eastern Front 1941” is an illustrated record of the German Invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. Across a stretch of land of over 1800 miles long, over 4.5 million troops from the Axis powers marched to deliver what they thought would be a resounding blow to Soviet power in what was and still is the...

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...

Portugal's War In Angola: 1961-1974 - WS van der Waals

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On 4 February 1961, the day regarded by the MPLA as the start of its national revolution, the storm broke. Taken unawares by the shock of the uprisings in Angola, and the subsequent bloody Bacongo insurrection on 15 March 1961, Portugal was to plunge its armed forces, untested since World War I, into an urgent counteroffensive. In January 1961, Angola,...

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...

Riding The Edge - Dave Barr

R 400.00

The 502 page softcover book (60 black & white photos, maps throughout the book) about Dave Barr’s 83,000 mile motorcycle journey around the world. It took Dave and his Harley-Davidson a grueling 3 and a half years to complete the trip and it certainly makes for one incredible read! A must have for anyone who loves to ride. About Dave...

Riding The Ice - Dave Barr

R 250.00

A 242 page book (27 black & white photos) about Dave Barr’s incredible 13,000 mile winter journey across a frozen Northern Europe, Russia and Siberia on a ‘96 Harley-Davidson Sportser. Not surprisingly this extraordinary adventure allowed Dave to establish a Guinness Book World Record. This book is living proof that perseverance and an unshakable belief in one’s dreams can make...

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...

SAS: Secret War in South East Asia - Peter Dickens

R 395.00

Working in four-man patrols, the SAS teams first made friends with the head-hunting border tribes and even trained some of them as an irregular military force. As the conflict continued, SAS teams went beyond the borders into Indonesia, where they tracked down enemy camps, fired on supply convoys, staged ambushes, and attacked enemy soldiers in their riverboats. By talking to...

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...

South African Battles - Tim Couzens

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South African Battles describes 36 battles spread over five centuries. These are not the well-trodden battlefields of standard histories, but generally lesser-known ones. Some were of critical importance, while some were infinitely curious. Who, for instance, has heard of the battles of Nakob, Middelpos, Mome Gorge or Mushroom Valley? Who knows about the four black women that Bartolomeu Dias brought...

Spirit of a Sniper - Bill Russell

R 120.00

Cassino, Italy 1944. The Allied 8th and American 5th Armies were engaged in a fanatically contested advance, opposed by elite units of the German Army. In the forefront of the allied advance was a Regiment of South African Volunteers, survivors of the North African campaign, and sniper, Peter 'Isinkwe' McTavish. Protected by the spirit of his childhood mentor the wise...

Student Comrade Prisoner Spy - Bridget Hilton-Barber

R 210.00

When Bridget Hilton-Barber got on a train to Grahamstown in 1982 to study journalism at Rhodes University, she had no idea of the brutal drama that would unfold. A rebellious young woman, she became politically involved in anti-apartheid organisations and was caught up in the massive resistance and repression sweeping the Eastern Cape at the time. She ended up spending...

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...

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,...

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