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Shrouded in secrecy due to the covert nature of their work, the legendary Recces have fascinated South Africans for years. Now one of these elite soldiers has written a tell-all book about the extraordinary missions he embarked on and the nail-biting action he experienced in the Border War.

Shortly after passing the infamously gruelling Special Forces selection course in the early 1980's, Koos Stadler joined the so-called Small Teams group at 5 Reconnaissance Regiment. This subunit was made up of two-man teams and was responsible for numerous secret and highly dangerous missions deep behind enemy lines. With only one team member, Stadler was sent to blow up railway lines and enemy fighter jets in the south of Angola. As he crawled into and out of enemy-infested territory, he stared death in the face many times.

A gripping firsthand account that reveals the near superhuman physical and psychological powers these Special Forces operators have to display.

Sagteband, 336 bladsye. Also available in English


Koos Stadler is a professional soldier and former Recce who has been awarded, among others, the Honoris Crux for bravery. As a member of the Special Forces' specialist reconnaissance unit, or Small Teams, he was involved in numerous strategic operations behind enemy lines for five years of the Border War. 


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Based on 4 reviews
André Sonnekus
Humble heroes

The most impressive sentiment for me is the incredible humbleness that flows through the book. Very few guys ever experienced the hardships, loneliness and suffering that these guys experienced as part of their daily schedule. The way Koos tells the story sounds like a normal office jobs.

Incredible - I salute them.

Rowland Daniel
One very good and nice

One very good and nice to read experience

Erika Paxton
Excellent book on Recce's

Excellent book. Very good detail, could not put it down.

Hendrik Nel
Getrou aan die werklikheid

Ek het Koos Stadler se 'Recce' boek onlangs gelees. Wat veral bygeval het is die feit dat die skrywer goed kan skryf. Anders as met vroeëre tekste rondom hierdie tema, is dit nie net weergegee as droë fiete nie, maar die skrywer slaag daarin om die feite op verhalende trant weer te gee en is ook nie bang om met homself te spot nie.

Die boek is 'n besliste moet vir enige iemand wat bealngstel in die geskiedenis van spesiale magte en veral klandestiene verkenning. Dit is 'n puik boek.


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