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The Terrible Ones: The Complete History Of 32 Battalion (Volumes 1 & 2) - Piet Nortje
The title of this formidable books says it all.
A complete history indeed. The author clearly acknowledges the contributions of authors and battalion members and their efforts in compiling this are clearly visible.
Volume One takes you from the background information through the history of Angola, Ongulumbashe and then straight into the various operations starting with training rough, ill-disciplined soldiers.
The reader is transported to the harsh environment of Namibia and Angola, at times you even get the feeling of being physically present.
The growing pains of the new battalion, the initial contacts and the slow but sure growth in both military and unit sence are evident.
A special touch is the declassified documents i.e. citations for the HC medals which are included.
Colour photographs enhances the reading experience and put faces to the recollections of the various members of 32 Battalion.
1980 drawing to an end also see the end of Volume One.
Can't wait to open Volume Two of this fascinating set: The Terrible Ones.