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Imagine the most tenacious and skilled soldiers in the business fighting in the most brutal of bush wars, Gavin Manning was there, from 1982 - 88, on the border of northern Namibia and southern Angola - right in the thick of it.

The ultra-covert South African special forces unit known as Koevoet (or Special OPS-K) has been shrouded in mystery for three decades. This book will blow the lid off the box and set all the misconceptions straight. 

Manning gives a gripping account of tracking the Soviet-backed terrorists, often right on their heels, using elite skills and technology. The finely honed instincts and supreme ability of the Koevoet operators earned them the reputation of the best counter-insurgency and tracking unit that Africa and the world had ever see.

Dead Men Running is a vital book about the Angolan bush war that finally tells the truth. But it is also Manning's own story - how he realized his dream of becoming part of Koevoet, the brotherhood he inherited, and the friends he made who lost their lives. 

Manning is a skillful writer who will sweep you up into the action with the precision of accurate gunfire.

Customer Reviews

Based on 38 reviews
Bruce Couper
Deadmen Running

Fantastic reading, skillfull storyline. Couldn't put the book down. Unfortunately the same political BS behind the scenes from the various PC do gooder 'Western World' as per Rhodesian bush war.

Maureen Rolfe


Hilton Ratcliffe
An honest account

Koevoet was for most of us in other branches of the service a sinister and scary bunch of people who earned our grudging respect because they were so damned good at what they did. Books like this one introduce the reader to the reality of what went on in the unit, including the more humane things they did for the local pops. It's honest, very well written, and a tribute to the Koevoet men who to this day are looked upon by many as lawless psychopaths. War is not pretty. We need to know these things. Well done Gav, highly recommended.

Ian Hollander
Great read !

Fast paced to the point account of Koevoet from a soldier on the ground.

Andy Freeman
Very apt.

Met Gavin in the ops area when he had just joined Koevoet. I will never forget that mop of blonde hair! A well written book which brought back many memories. Well done on presenting a thrilling and complete story, Gavin.


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