This is an important book on a subject that deserves airing. However there is an evident lack of proper editing. Some of the names are a bit miss-spelt, for example "Rattle" instead of "Ratel" and "Tokerev" instead of "Tokarev". The S.A.S. and L.R.D.G. were two entirely different entities. However, these criticisms aside this is a book which deserves a place on the bookshelf of anybody who is interested in the history of South African Special Forces.
Although this title fills an important gap for the amateur military historian interested in the formation of this Citizen Force Reconnaissance unit, it does, however suffer from that all too familiar ailment of all self-published books - a lack of professional editing.
Lt Col. Botten, obviously has first-hand knowledge of the unit, which is quite evident. One would, however, expect a bit more 'military savvy' from a senior officer of his knowledge and training. The British SAS is not an offshoot from the Long Range Desert Group - these are separate entities entirely - as numerous publications on the matter suggests. Furthermore, the SADF IFV is called a Ratel, not a Rattle, as written by Lt. Col. Botten. Also, the proper accepted abbreviation of the rank Lieutenant Colonel is Lt. Col.
If these glaring mistakes could be eradicated in future editions, this book has a worthy place on any bookshelf.