Dave Mannall gives a historic, personal account of battles near Cuito Cuanavale near the end of the Bush War. There is so much hype, propaganda, and misinformation about the last major SADF action of the war, that Dave's book comes like a cold shower, rebooting all the bull and putting an intensely human perspective on South Africa's war effort. His description of battle are amongst the most vivid, moving, and evocative I've ever read. Arguably one of the top four Bush War books I have in my library, along with Fred Bridgeland's Cuito Cuanavale, Justin taylor's A Whisper in the Reeds, and Douw Steyn's Iron Fist from the Sea. Thank you, Dave Mannall, well done.
Enjoyed the book.got a totally new perspective on armour ops.
Excellent the truth out of the mouth of the person that was there! Detail only heard of very vague previously
Excellent read - to fill in the gaps of what happened on the other side of the Lomba, while some of us were knee deep in crocodiles and Cubans...
You have to give it to the Mech 'okes - They did a sterling job of softening up the Russians.
An excellent account and I highly recommend it to anyone that was in any way involved with those last years of the conflicts of the so called South African Bush war and served in the South African Defense Force. I can only say I am proud to have served my country, in the greatest fighting force since the Spartans lost their 300, even if it did not seem so great at the time. I salute those that paid the ultimate price in that conflict.
Amazon - November 17, 2015
Just a great read from start to finish. A little slow at first but it quickly picks up speed and maintains it till the end. Mannal tells the story of his South African Defense Forces Armor Unit (SADF) in one of the last, and decisive, battles of the Angolan War. I am familiar with the area having spent time in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) in the 70's, (but that's another story) The fight against communist aggression was everywhere in central & southern Africa between the early 70's and late 80's, and Mannal tells the story well of his armor units defeat of a substantial better equipped Cuban/Russian/Chinese armed, and advised offensive. I recommend this book as it is well written, historically accurate, and told from first hand experience. .Welgedaan my broer !
Amazon - November 22, 2015