About the author:
Carl Alberts was born in Mufulira in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) in 1955. At age seven he moved with his parents to Kilembe in Uganda from whence, due to increasing instability in that country, the family immigrated to South Africa. After matriculating at Beachwood Boys’ High in Durban, he was conscripted into the South African Defence Force (SADF) in 1973.
Completing initial training at 1 South African Infantry Battalion on 81mm mortars, he was transferred to Ondangwa in northern South West Africa (now Namibia) to serve in the escalating Border War. He enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 to study law but student life did not appeal to him, so, in 1977, he joined the South African Air Force, becoming a helicopter gunship pilot and serving extensively in South West Africa and southern Angola. I
n 1984 he was awarded the Honoris Crux, South Africa’s highest decoration for bravery, for his actions at Cuvelai in southern Angola. After the de-escalation of hostilities in 1989, he qualified as a flying instructor, achieving overall first place on his course. He ended his instructional stint as a flight commander and was rated as an A1 category flying instructor. After a posting to 15 Squadron in Durban as a flight commander and instructor on Puma and Alouette helicopters, he resigned in 1993 to join Executive Outcomes. Carl and his wife Mel live on the tranquil Breede River in the Western Cape of South Africa.