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The influence of the RATEL INFANTRY FIGHTING VEHICLE on mobile warfare in Southern Africa ***FREE eBook, 14 pages***

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This article traces the story of how the author and a number of daring young commanders and soldiers had cast aside military textbooks in developing their own military doctrine for mobile warfare, South African style. It is clear that the Ratel infantry fighting vehicle had wielded huge influence on the development and deployment of doctrine for mobile warfare during the...

Managing Morale On The Battlefield: A Psychological Perspective ***FREE eBook, 23 pages***

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From historical writings to current day, morale has always been regarded as a major determinant of success on the battlefield. The management of morale is thus also important in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) for ensuring combat readiness. Numerous studies have been done in the past in various countries to investigate the factors influencing morale. A summary of...

The TRC Final Report ***eBook, 4554 pages***

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SUMMARY OF CONTENTS The report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the Commission) consists of five volumes, each with a particular focus. It is important to note that, once the Amnesty Committee finishes its work, an additional volume will report on the work of that Committee, based on amnesty hearings conducted and findings made. That volume will also include summaries...

Broken Blue Line - Volume 1 ***FREE eBook, 32 pages***

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The involvement of the South African Police Force in serious and violent crime in South Africa. A research paper by the Unit for Risk Analysis South African Institute of Race Relations (2011) 32 Pages, PDF format. Download link will be immediately available after checkout.

The Cassinga Raid ***FREE eBook, 189 pages***

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In 1978 the SADF carried out an airborne assault on Cassinga in Southern Angola. The South Africans claimed that Cassinga was a key SWAPO military headquarters, training camp and logistic base. SWAPO claimed it was a refugee camp and that the approximately 600 people who died in the attack were innocent civilians. The SADF said it had dealt SWAPO a...

The African Adventure – A Cuban perspective of Air Operations in Angola ***FREE eBook, 49 pages**

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A Cuban perspective of Air Operations in Angola by General Rafael Del Pino, commander of Cuban Air Force in Angola in the 1970′s upto 1978. Written from the pilots’ perspective, Del Pino gives a true account of the chaos that surrounded air operations during the earlier stages of the war in Angola. He also sheds light on the massacre of the...

Operasie Savannah Dagboek Van Kapt. J.A. Laubscher ***FREE eBook, 24 pages**

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The diary of Captain, as he was then, J.A. Laubscher forms the basis of this article. Since the ending of the SADF involvement in Angola, a number of books have been published concerning this conflict. This personal, day by day, account of events as they took place during Operation Savannah, is another chapter in the annals of South African military...

South African Airborne Operations ***FREE eBook, 33 pages***

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Airborne operations entail the delivery of ground troops and their equipment by air to their area of operations. They can also include the subsequent support of these troops and their equipment by air. Historically, and by definition, this would encompass delivery by fixed-wing powered aircraft, by glider, by parachute or by helicopter. Almost any troops can be delivered by most...

The Mad Dogs of War - ***FREE eBook, 9 pages**

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Mercenary soldiering is often portrayed as a glamorous, lucrative business. The reality is very different. In 1976 a large group of mainly British mercenaries traveled to Angola to fight the communist MPLA. Lead by the infamous "Colonel Callan", it was to be a one-way trip for many. Author: Alan Malcher 9 Pages, PDF format. Download link will be immediately available...

The AK-47 ***eBook, 81 pages***

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The Kalashnikov AK-47 is the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world, with more AK-47's and its variants in use than any other individual small arm. Created by Senior Sergeant Mikhail Kalashnikov, and first adopted by the USSR soon after World War II (1939-1945), its production continues to this day, with an estimated 75 million produced worldwide. It is the...

The Saga Of South African POW's In Angola, 1975–82 ***FREE eBook, 41 pages**

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This article narrates the story of nine soldiers captured during and shortly after Operation Savannah, the code-name for the South African Defence Force invasion of Angola in 1975–6. Eight of these soldiers were captured in Angola in three separate incidents by Angolan and/or Cuban forces, whereas the last was abducted from northern Namibia by SWAPO (the South West Africa Peoples’ Organisation). The article...

Pictorial History of the South African Defence Force (1912-1987) ***FREE eBook, 63 pages***

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Geskiedenis van die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag in beeld (1912-1987) / Pictorial History of the South African Defence Force (1912-1987) - Published in 1987 by MILITARIA, The Official Professional Journal of the SADF  Editor: Major JY Erasmus (1987) 63 Pages, PDF format. Download link will be immediately available after checkout.

The Significance Of The Battle For Cuito Cuanavale: Long-Term Foresight Of The Current Strategic Landscape ***FREE eBook, 18 pages***

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This article deals with the long-term outcomes of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in Angola (1987–1988) and the effect of the outcomes on the current strategic landscape in Southern Africa. The crux of the article is to learn about the value of long-term foresight for strategizing in an international context. After a short discussion of the research methodology, the desired long-term outcomes, as perceived...

Operation Askari (A Sub-Commander's Retrospective View Of The Operation) - Brig. R.S. Lord ***FREE eBook, 13 pages***

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By 1983 the war in SWA/Angola had developed a predictable cyclical pattern. The seasonal variations allowed SWAPO to take up the offensive during the summer passage of the Inter-tropical Convergence zone (ITCZ) across Northern South West Africa. The ITCZ is that low pressure belt of unstable moist air, that traverses southwards to the latitude of Rehoboth during late October and...

An Airborne Capability For South Africa From A Special Operations Forces Perspective ***FREE eBook, 23 pages**

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Special Operations Forces (SOF) have received significant emphasis over the last decade, as armed forces require highly trained and rapid deployable forces to deal with asymmetric threats. The South African (SA) Army identified the need for an SOF capability in its long-term strategy, and airborne forces form an important component in its envisioned Contingency Brigade. This article examines the utility...

The SADF and Operation Hooper, Southeast Angola, 12/1987 to 03/1988 ***FREE eBook, 34 pages**

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The South African Defence Force (SADF) supported UNITA during Operation Modular (June to December 1987) to stop an extensive FAPLA offensive, known as Operation Saludando a Octubre (‘Salute October’). FAPLA and its Cuban–Russian allies intended to eliminate the ‘UNITA problem’ once and for all, and they set the conquest of Mavinga and Jamba as their first target. The SADF–UNITA alliance...

The Encyclopedia of the World's Special Forces ***eBook, 384 pages***

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Since the advent of special forces units in World War II, governments and armies have trained small, elite teams of soldiers to perform operations deemed too risky or demanding for regular troops. Training to enter the special forces is harsh in the extreme, and the few who enter the ranks of the elite can expect a life of intense operational...

How The Soviets and Cubans Lost The War in Southern Africa - ***FREE eBook, 42 pages***

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How The Soviets and Cubans Lost The War in Southern Africa - Compiled by General Jannie Geldenhuys 42 pages, PDF format. Download link will be immediately available after checkout. This file size exceeds 38mb, please ensure that you have a reliable & stable internet connection when downloading the file.  

Angolan Civil War: 1975 - 2002 ***FREE eBook, 39 pages***

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This eBook is a compilation of Wikipedia articles detailing The Angolan Civil War beginning in 1975 and continuing, with some interludes, until 2002. 39 Pages, eBook (PDF) format. Download link will be immediately emailed to you after checkout.

SADF Military Operations: 1975 - 1989 ***FREE eBook, 112 pages***

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This eBook is a compilation of Wikipedia articles detailing various SADF military operations during the period 1975 to 1989. 112 Pages, eBook (PDF) format. Download link will be immediately emailed to you after checkout.

Operation Timber: Pages from the Savimbi Dossier - William Minter ***FREE eBook, 129 pages***

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This book studies the U.S. operations channeling covert aid to Jonas Savimbi. Includes testimony from UNITA deserters. Published 1988. 129 Pages, eBook format. Download link will be immediately available after checkout.

Brutal Force: The Apartheid War Machine - Gavin Cawthra ***FREE eBook, 171 pages***

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Gavin Cawthra's Brutal Force provides a comprehensive analysis of the apartheid war machine, its deployment in Namibia and independent Africa and its role inside South Africa, from the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 to the State of Emergency in 1985-86. It documents the militarisation of South Africa and its effect on the people of the country, and it assesses the strength of the...

Operation Super: 9 - 14 March 1982 (Pieter Nortje) ***FREE eBook, 49 pages***

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Operation Super was a military confrontation during the South African Border War and Angolan Civil War in March 1982 to prevent SWAPO guerrillas infiltrating into South West Africa through the Kaokoveld from a location near the abandoned Portuguese town of Iona in the Angolan province of Namibe. This document is an excerpt from the book, The Terrible Ones, written by...

The Devils Are Among Us: The War for Namibia ***FREE eBook, 229 pages***

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Nearly 20 years after the UN declared its occupation of Namibia illegal, the South African government finally agreed to withdraw from the territory. This book is the first to look at the story behind this withdrawal. Drawing on a vast archive of unpublished material including testimonies of political, military and religious figures, it charts dramatically the war that ravaged Namibia...