"Mad Mike"Hoare: The Legend - Chris Hoare

R 450.00

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...

A Tango With Death: Brigadier Tolletjie Botha & DCC as told to Giancarlo Coccia

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'Dancing a tango with death' was the daily life of the DCC - the Directorate of Covert Collection - secret agents, working in what JJ 'Tolletjie' Botha called 'hostile countries'. Who were these men? Airline pilots, Belgian missionaries, German industrialists, engineers, medical doctors, high-ranking officers of enemy countries and last, but not least, people like a well-known Namibian lawyer and a...

Adventures in Africa - Mike Hoare

R 375.00

Go with Mike on foot across Basutoland; by motorbike from Cape to Cairo; to sea in a 36-foot ketch; into the Kalahari desert – and more. In the last chapter he describes how he and his wife move to an Eden-like island in the Okavango delta, and the terrible and wonderful events that take place there. Softcover, 217 pages. The book...

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...

Afrikaners in Angola 1928-1975 - Nicol Stassen

R 350.00

Die gemeenskap van 386-471 Afrikaners wat na 1928 in Angola agtergebly het, is aan die vergetelheid en verwaarlosing oorgelaat en is later as 'n lewende fossiel en slagoffers van hulle eie behoudendheid bestempel. Sommige het wel nog 'n lewe uit gemengde boerdery, transportry en jag probeer maak, dekades nadat hierdie lewenswyse elders uitgesterf het. Vanaf 1958 tot 1963 is die...

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 350.00

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...

Apartheid, Guns and Money - Hennie van Vuuren

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In this thoroughly researched book, Hennie van Vuuren lifts the lid on some of the darkest secrets of apartheid’s economic crimes. The research weaves together material collected in over two dozen archives in eight countries over four years, providing readers with an insight into tens of thousands of pages of newly declassified documents. Interviews with businessmen, politicians, sanctions busters and...

Atrocities, Diamonds and Diplomacy - Peter Penfold

R 400.00

In early 1997 Peter Penfold, arrived in Sierra Leone as the British High Commissioner. This fascinating book describes not just his eventful three year tour but the background and subsequent events that placed this small country at the centre of the world stage.During his tour he found himself as right hand man to the country's beleaguered President Kabbah. Due to...

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

R 695.00

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...

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...

Black Vortex: One Man's Journey Into Africa's Wars - Jim Hooper

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Jim Hooper's work needs little introduction. His words and photographic images have captured the heart, soul and desperation of Third World conflict for almost three decades. Author of the critically acclaimed Koevoet! and A Hundred Feet Over Hell, Hooper is renowned for his brutal honesty. In this all-new work, he takes a powerful and retrospective look at four of Africa's...

BLOOD MONEY: Stories of an ex-Recce’s Missions as a Private Military Contractor in Iraq - Johan Raath

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‘I remember the cracking sound of the AK-47 bullets as they tore through our windscreen . . . A piece of bullet struck my bulletproof vest in the chest area and another piece broke off and lodged in my left forearm.’ Johan Raath and a security team were ambushed in May 2004 while on a mission to reconnoitre a power...

BLOOD MONEY: Stories of an ex-Recce’s Missions as a Private Military Contractor in Iraq - Johan Raath (HARDCOVER & SIGNED)

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‘I remember the cracking sound of the AK-47 bullets as they tore through our windscreen . . . A piece of bullet struck my bulletproof vest in the chest area and another piece broke off and lodged in my left forearm.’ Johan Raath and a security team were ambushed in May 2004 while on a mission to reconnoitre a power...

Brothers in War and Peace: Abraham and Constand Viljoen and the Birth of the New South Africa - Dennis Cruywagen

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Brothers in War and Peace is the remarkable story of the Viljoen twins, Abraham and Constand, and the starkly different roads that they took in life. One was a deeply religious man, who opposed apartheid; the other was a man of war, who became head of the SADF. Estranged by political beliefs, the Viljoen twins found themselves in different political...

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...

BULALA: A True Story of South Africa - Cuan Elgin

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"BULALA abaTagati" means in Zulu, "Kill the Wizards!" These were the words Zulu king Dingane used in 1838, when ordering his bodyguards to execute the Boer emissaries, shortly after their mutual signing of a land treaty.   The gripping tale of the beginnings of a small, brave, Christian nation born of both extremes of the emotional spectrum: conflict, turmoil, and tragedy as well...

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

R 600.00

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...

Camels to Cruisers: 100 Years of Police Adventure in the Kalahari - Henry Abbott & Cobus van Zyl

R 350.00

By taking from the past, the authors have successfully recorded the interwoven history of the Kalahari and of the South African Police Service over the past 100 years, in a manner that will captivate the reader. It is evident that many years of thorough research and a profound interest in the subject material, preceded this book. The following well-known description...

CHOPPER DOWN! The Story Of A Mercenary Pilot In Africa - Carl Alberts

R 300.00

After twenty years of armed conflict in Angola and political instability in coup-ridden Sierra Leone going back to 1991, private corporate financial interests became the catalyst that spawned the creation of possibly the most successful private military corporation to date: Executive Outcomes (EO). With its initial task of securing Angolan government control in the Soyo oil-producing region, prompted by private...

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...

Composite Warfare: The Conduct of Successful Ground Force Operations in Africa - Eeben Barlow

R 450.00

Composite Warfare presents African soldiers and scholars with a true African ‘Art of War’. This book is intended as a guide and textbook for African soldiers and scholars who wish to understand the development of hostilities, strategy, operational design, doctrine and tactics. It also illustrates the importance of non-partisanship and the mission and role of the armed forces. It covers...

Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington & Africa, 1959-1976 - Piero Gleijeses

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Conflicting Missions is a compelling and dramatic account of Cuban policy in Africa and of its escalating clash with US policy and later its direct military clashes with the South African Defence Force in Angola.It is the other side of a conflict that South Africans have not been told about until now.Gleijeses' narrative gallops from Cuba's first hesitant steps in rendering assistance...

Congo Mercenary - Mike Hoare

R 450.00

Col. Mike Hoare tells how he led 5 Commando in three campaigns to put down a communist-backed rebel uprising and restored order to the Congo. He and his swashbucklers freed over 1800 nuns and priests, and they learned from scratch what it meant to be real soldiers. Set in 1964/5 Softcover, 318 pages. The book is newly printed and we sell...

Congo Warriors - Mike Hoare

R 450.00

Col. Mike Hoare’s favourite book consists of 21 short stories, giving new insight into the minds and hearts of adventurers who become mercenary soldiers. It captures the spirit of mercenary soldiering. Softcover, 191 pages. The book is newly printed and we sell it as such.

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...

Dances with Devils: A Journalist's Search for Truth - Jacques Pauw

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For more than a decade, Jacques Pauw has traversed his native continent in pursuit of warlords and drug traffickers, child soldiers and charlatans, adventure and anarchy. What he found was a rich array of personalities and a panoply of stories, ranging from the profoundly tragic to the intensely personal. Pauw’s stories range from South Africa to Rwanda, from Sierra Leone...

Daniel Roxo: The Phantom of the Forest - Stephen Dunkley

R 355.00

FRANCISCO DANIEL ROXO: Cruz de Guerra 1st class, Cruz de Guerra 2nd class, Medal of Distinguished Service, Honoris Crux Decoration, Pro Patria Medal, Southern African Medal. There have been many men and women throughout history who have contributed one way or the other in the battle against evil, injustice or terrorism. Portugal produced perhaps one of the finest self-trained guerrilla fighters the world...

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...

Die Groot Trek: Ongesensor: Verlos van Britse Heerskappy: Eksodus van die Boere uit die Kaapkolonie, 1836 - Robin Binckes & Adri Kotze

R 350.00

In die vroeë beplanningsfase van die Vryheidspark was Robin Binckes 'n lid van die subkomitee oor geskiedenis. Die mate van debatvoering en bespreking - meestal heftig - het Binckes verstom.  So te sê elke bespreking is uit presies die teenoorgestelde siening vertolk. Een van die mees omstrede onderwerpe was die Groot Trek, die Boere se eksodus uit die Kaapkolonie in...

Die Lang Generaal - Die duistere politieke sluipmoorde van die ou Suid Afrika - Alan D. Elsdon

R 280.00

Generaal Lang Hendrik van den Bergh, oud-hoof van die Veiligheidspolisie en hoof van BOSS, was vir baie die mees gevreesde man in apartheid-era Suid-Afrika. Selfs internasionaal was hy 'n gerekende figuur onder Koue Oorlog-spioene. Hierdie boek deur 'n oud-veiligheidspolisieman, verbind hom met die moorde van HF Verwoerd,Steve Biko, Dr Robert Smit en sy vrou, professor Johan Heyns en andere. Vir...

DURBAN LIGHT INFANTRY: (1854 - 2011): An Illustrated History - Brian Kearney

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In November 1942, 48 hours after the great battle of El Alamein, Col Butler-Porter of the RDLI had a visit from General Montgomery, full of congratulations for ‘that very fine Royal Regiment’. This is the pictorial story of that ‘very fine’ regiment – a remarkable institution which has served the country and Durban for over 150 years and seen extraordinary...

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)

R 675.00

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...

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

R 1,350.00

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...

FIREARMS: Developed and Manufactured in Southern Africa 1949 - 2000

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Two hundred and twenty local firearms are covered in this new reference guide. The full story of these firearms and of the people who designed them has never before been told. This new firearms reference guide is the result of eight years of hard work tracing and interviewing key people, scanning original documents and taking original photographs. This book comprehensively covers the...

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 1 - 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 1 - US MARINE CORPS VIETNAM 1969-72, ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCE 1975-77 Dave Barr had had a penchant for trouble since day one, born in the back of a car, shooting by...

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...

Four-War Boer: The Century And Life Of Pieter Arnoldus Krueler

R 300.00

The amazing life of Pieter Krueler (1885-1986) provides a window into a full century of conflict such as one man rarely experiences. Four-War Boer traces Krueler's highly colorful life from the Second Boer War, where he first served as a 14-year-old scout, through his service in World War I with the German army in East Africa, to the Spanish Civil...

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

R 260.00

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...

From SAS to Blood Diamond Wars - Hamish Ross

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From SAS To Blood Diamond Wars is the story of Fred Marafono an outstanding warrior, even by SAS standards.On the point of being demobbed from the SAS, Fred Marafono was recruited by David Stirling for his private security company. After Stirling's death, Fred found himself in the midst of Sierra Leone's Blood Diamond wars, and formed an unbreakable bonding with...

Geheime Revolusie: Memoires van ’n Spioenbaas - Neil Barnard

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In the sinister world of spies few rules apply and everything is allowed in the name of state security – even talking to your Enemy No. 1.And this is exactly what Niël Barnard did in the late 1980's as head of the National Intelligence Service. On instruction of PW Botha he started talking to Nelson Mandela in secret about the...

GUDERIAN: Panzer General - Kenneth Macksey

R 395.00

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

R 195.00

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...

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