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THE WAR THAT SHAPED THE FACE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA

A decorated career soldier who simultaneously pursued academic aspirations, Lt Col (Prof) J. L. ‘Wikus’ Jansen van Rensburg is today Associate Professor in the Faculty of Military Science at Stellenbosch University.

His first decade in the South African Defence Force was consumed by the pivotal second half of the Border War/Armed Liberation Struggle for Namibia that irrevocably changed the lives of all involved while shaping the region’s geo-political evolution.

Aiming to establish a broad orientation of what was viewed from radically polarised perspectives; this book is a balanced, diarised representation of that conflict, from its origins in the pre-German era up to and including Namibia’s independence. The comprehensive scope of the author’s research is evinced by the over 1 000 references to reputable sources representing both sides of the struggle.

These long-awaited annals of a defining period in Southern Africa are a most valuable addition to the lexicon of military history. 

PAPERBACK, 311 PAGES with photos.

First Published: 2014