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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 for the future. The South Africans launched conventional attacks on a wide front deep into Southern Angola. The five forces stretched over a front of more than two hundred kilometres; from Cahama in the west to Caiundo in the east. 

The Operation also signified the beginning of the end. It took another five years, and additional conventional attacks, to bring an end to the conflict. This Book: "Operation Askari 1984/85- War Journal" is the result of more than ninety veterans contributing their own unique experiences to the timeline. It varies from concise inputs to a comprehensive history of the Omauni Raiders by Willem Ratte on the Techamutete Front. On the Caiundo front, Echo Company, 1 Para Bn, and Bravo Company, 32 Bn, attacked a FAPLA Brigade with great valour. Previously unpublished accounts of similar attacks, on all fronts, are recorded in this book. In this "War Journal" the author has attempted to keep the memory of that maverick operation alive. 

Dawid Lotter participated as a combat team commander in Operation Askari. He partook in both the attacks on Cuvelai where a small force defeated a strong, Cuban supported, FAPLA Brigade. Operation Askari 1983/4 - War Journal is his sixth publication in five years.

Softcover, 286 pages.

First Published March 2018.

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Excellent insight of what happened. Some of the leadership was just out of touch. I think there are many more that could have contributed.

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Awesome book, well done.

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C.Y.
Tour de Force!

Die boek is n Tour de Force. Dit is uiters boeiend. Dit gee ʼn tipe inhoud wat maklik lees en baie diepgaande detail gee wat ek selde by ander Grens Oorlog boeke kry. Welgedaan.

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J.V.
Operation Askari 1983/84 - War Journal

Baie dankie ek het vandag my kopie van jou boek ontvang. Hierdie inisiatief van jou het ook vir my antwoorde gegee op voorheen onbeantwoorde vrae. Dankie nogmaals

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A.M.
Operation Askari 1983/84 - War Journal

Operation Askari 1983/84 - War Journal
We all are familiar with the term “element of surprise”, well that is what (after reading this book) was for me – there were so many things that I (and I’m sure a lot off other Askari veterans) did not know about Ops Askari.The book cover some high and also some low moments. And sometimes you read a part and get a lum in your throat…
Page 36 – Mark Farrell about RSM Stone on the platform at Bloemfontein station
Page 155 – Ian Hedges about Capt du Buisson sitting on ratel 13B moving his head “side to side” to indicate to them not to go look at it.
Certain things now makes me wonder: The Evasive FAPLA Observer “Gato”, was he ever eliminated or did he just disappeared (page 104).
The R4 rifles that were found in a bunker at Cuvelai (page 158)
Thanks to the author Dawid Lotter and all the individuals that contributed to this “War Journal"