n Boek geskryf deur die troepe vir die troepe.
Voordat jy die boek begin lees kry vir jou n fles koffie, biltong en n bak beskuit. Ek belowe jy sal nie die boek neersit voordat jy nie die laaste bladsy gelees het nie.
Die boek is geskryf soos wat die seuns elke oorlog situasie self beleef het. Jy sal elke oomblik saam met hulle mee maak.
Die situaies speel alles af in "take one ". Die leser word direk in elke lewensgevaarlike situasie "ingeskryf".
Seuns het manne geword.
Manne het helde geword.
Net jammer al die helde is nooit deur die weermag die eer en erkenning gegee wat hulle toekom nie.
Alle eer aan al die helde.
Dankie aan almal wat die boek vir ons en ons nageslag gegee het.
I have not yet read these books. Perhaps I’m allowed to offer a preview. When it comes to post-war, there is a sort of “menagerie” of the development of things—soldiery and weapons, personalities, recollections, issues, events ... And it can be viewed on three levels. There is notably the high level of titles and position and decisions—where generals and history is made, documents and secrets are kept, and the often peremptory decisions run their course on the world stage, but may bridle the soldier on the ground. Then there are the operational men, mostly the career soldiers who played their part with aplomb. They received recognition; maybe “decorated themselves” as the editors suggest (I don’t know); they wrote books of their accomplishments, organised associations and gatherings, romanticise of war and preserve a legacy—all well, and have their place. But then there are the men in the trenches, the very young, and mostly forgotten heroes, compelled to go and fight before they could taste of life. These are the “troops” of these books, and I suppose their accounts would make fascinating, and compulsory reading, but more so, engender recognition and praise lost in a way for more than 45 years. Kudos to the editors, on compiling these stories on behalf of the many unsung veterans of Savannah; now men with scars, but also grandchildren who will read these diaries.