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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.

Softcover, 336 pages. Available in Afrikaans.


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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RECCE: Small Team Missions Behind Enemy Lines - Koos Stadler

Well written and interesting!

RECCE: Small Team Missions Behind Enemy Lines - Koos Stadler

Excellent read!

Small Team Missions behind enemy lines

This is an excellent read for all those interested in small team missions

Small team missions by Koos Stadler

What an excellent book. Very interesting and good detail. Bounds you to your chair.

The Human Face of a SF Operator

Col. Stadler has written an exceptional personal history of his experiences leading up to and then of his long, successful career as a Special Forces Operator in the SADF and the SANDF. Known colloquially as the "Recces" Col. Stadler and other Operators were legendary bush war fighters in the Namibian/ South African/ Angolan/ Cuban "Border War." As I had the good fortune to have briefly served with Col. Stadler when he was a young lieutenant, I found his account to be completely consistent with the quiet, thoughtful, intense young man that I knew. I heartily recommend this book to anyone seeking a deeper insight into the world of the elite, specialised, small-team long-range soldier.