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During the 1980s, a wave of strife threatened to engulf the nations of Southern Africa. Chester Crocker embarked on an eight-year diplomatic marathon to bring peace to the truculent neighbours. Despite all the obstacles to resolving the complex conflict, the Crocker strategy worked. This narrative tells how peace (almost) came to Angola and why South Africa let Namibia have its independence. This book is aimed at professional diplomats and lay readers alike. Source: Amazon.com
The Battle for Namibia South Africa`s Longest War (Museum Ordnance Special Number 08) Darlington Productions | 1996 | ISBN: N/A | File type: PDF | 24 pages | 13,4 mb Source: http://www.ebook3000.com/
The Battle for Namibia South Africa`s Longest War (Museum Ordnance Special Number 08) Darlington Productions | 1996 | ISBN: N/A | File type: PDF | 24 pages | 13,4 mb Source: http://www.ebook3000.com/
In die boek “Oorlog en Ontwakende liefde” probeer ek herinneringe en ervarings van my makkers in opleiding as dienspligtiges by 2 SDB Zeerust, Ops Savannah en grensdiens (1975/ 76), sover my geheue my toegelaat het, weer te laat herleef. Ek verweefd dit met ‘n romantiese storielyn wat mos bekend gestaan het as army brag. Dus nie net dooie historiese gebeure nie, maar word afgewissel met hierdie besonderse intriges (u vrou sal ook belangstel). Hier is ook ‘n resensie deur Ita Fronemen - oudonderwyser, skrywer, kunstenaar en proefleser. Oorlog en ontwakende liefde - Hennie Van Heerden Resensie deur Ita Froneman: Die hele verhaal van die Grens-oorlog ontvou in lae wat mens al hoe dieper in die gebeure vastrek. Die skrywer slaag daarin om sy karakters te laat lééf. Hul wedervaringe, krisisse, vreugdes en skok word lewensgetrou uitgebeeld, totdat die leser later voel of hul Shorty, Smal en Harmse al jare geken het. Van die onervare troepie wat aansluit by die Weermag vir Grens-diens, nog nat agter die ore, tot die volwasse man wat met integriteit sy keuses doen, word die leser betrek deur die troepe se doen en late in Grootfontein, Angola en Rundu. Die oorlogsroman speel hom af met felle beskrywings van aksie en konflik as troepe ontplooi word in die oorlog, tot humor van voorvalle in die kamp, getrou aan ‘n troep se optrede in tye van afleiding tussen spanningsvolle ekskursies in die bos. ‘n Liefde ontplooi en warm patos en hartseer word afgewissel met tere beskrywing van ‘n jongman se eerste liefde. Warm sensueel, erotiese liefdestonele wissel vuurwarm die kilheid van oorlog af en sal die leser beslis onlosmaaklik deel maak van die gebeure. Die milieu word so getrou weergegee dat die leser later die plek ken, en voel of hulself aan die Grens was. Spanningslyn word goed uitgebou tot ‘n hoogtepunt met felle gebeure. Eietyds en karaktertiperend gebruik die skrywer “ Army-slang” binne sy woordkeuses om die omgangstaal van die troepe so te realiseer. Hierdie is beslis ‘n weer-lees ervaring en ek kan hierdie werk met die grootste entoesiasme aanbeveel. Ita Froneman (Kunstenaar en Skrywer)
In die boek “Oorlog en Ontwakende liefde” probeer ek herinneringe en ervarings van my makkers in opleiding as dienspligtiges by 2 SDB Zeerust, Ops Savannah en grensdiens (1975/ 76), sover my geheue my toegelaat het, weer te laat herleef. Ek verweefd dit met ‘n romantiese storielyn wat mos bekend gestaan het as army brag. Dus nie net dooie historiese gebeure nie, maar word afgewissel met hierdie besonderse intriges (u vrou sal ook belangstel). Hier is ook ‘n resensie deur Ita Fronemen - oudonderwyser, skrywer, kunstenaar en proefleser. Oorlog en ontwakende liefde - Hennie Van Heerden Resensie deur Ita Froneman: Die hele verhaal van die Grens-oorlog ontvou in lae wat mens al hoe dieper in die gebeure vastrek. Die skrywer slaag daarin om sy karakters te laat lééf. Hul wedervaringe, krisisse, vreugdes en skok word lewensgetrou uitgebeeld, totdat die leser later voel of hul Shorty, Smal en Harmse al jare geken het. Van die onervare troepie wat aansluit by die Weermag vir Grens-diens, nog nat agter die ore, tot die volwasse man wat met integriteit sy keuses doen, word die leser betrek deur die troepe se doen en late in Grootfontein, Angola en Rundu. Die oorlogsroman speel hom af met felle beskrywings van aksie en konflik as troepe ontplooi word in die oorlog, tot humor van voorvalle in die kamp, getrou aan ‘n troep se optrede in tye van afleiding tussen spanningsvolle ekskursies in die bos. ‘n Liefde ontplooi en warm patos en hartseer word afgewissel met tere beskrywing van ‘n jongman se eerste liefde. Warm sensueel, erotiese liefdestonele wissel vuurwarm die kilheid van oorlog af en sal die leser beslis onlosmaaklik deel maak van die gebeure. Die milieu word so getrou weergegee dat die leser later die plek ken, en voel of hulself aan die Grens was. Spanningslyn word goed uitgebou tot ‘n hoogtepunt met felle gebeure. Eietyds en karaktertiperend gebruik die skrywer “ Army-slang” binne sy woordkeuses om die omgangstaal van die troepe so te realiseer. Hierdie is beslis ‘n weer-lees ervaring en ek kan hierdie werk met die grootste entoesiasme aanbeveel. Ita Froneman (Kunstenaar en Skrywer)
On April 30 1993 Colonel Eugene Alexander de Kock was discharged from the South African Police ahead of further investigations into his activities as head of section C1 at the notorious Vlakplaas farm north of Pretoria. By that time the National Party was on a massive damage control campaign. Many generals as well as de Kock were among its scapegoats. As it transpired at his trial, De Kock was the government's assassin-in-chief. But he was not an out-of-control policeman, he was an officer taking orders. Source: http://www.bookfish.co.za/
Gorbachev's new thinking on superpower relations assumes that struggle between two opposing world systems no longer characterizes the present era. This second volume in the East-South Relations series explores the implications of Gorbachev's new thinking for regional conflicts. Because these conflicts jeopardize tranquil relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, they are perceived as contrary to the new spirit of global cooperation. This volume suggests that the accords on Southwest Africa may illustrate how the superpowers will resolve conflict, and shows how smaller powers may now have new roles cast for them by the superpowers. In 1975, Soviet-Cuban assistance to the Leninist-oriented Movement for the Popular Liberation of Angola (MPLA) was the first extensive Soviet-allied military intervention in the Third World. While the Soviet-backed Cubans propped up the MPLA, the South Africans intervened, on a smaller scale, in support of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) under Jonas Savimbi. After 1985 UNITA began receiving United States support, and a military stalemate ensued. The contributors to this volume analyse how the Soviet Union and the United States used this stalemate to move the MPLA, Cuba and South Africa to settle not only their differences, but also the vexing question of the Independence of Namibia. Source: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=HlHH5j0x8_sC
NVA (East German Army) rofie boots – parade ground drill during the late 60s
This is the story of an audacious, airborne assault, on 4 May 1978, on a SWAPO fortified base containing its military headquarters, logistical support, reserves and training facilities. The assault was supported by a very strong air strike by bombers and fighters as well as by air transport to drop the paratroopers into battle in one of the major, post World War para drops, 250kms deep behind enemy lines, and thus, of a necessity, the deployment of a veritable swarm of helicopters to extract the paratroopers back to safety, this execution of the whole intricate operation through a joint HQ deployed in the field. Unfortunately the subsequent uproar in the international media, based on allegations that this assault was a brutal attack on a refugee camp, did much to detract from the incredible victory the SADF had claimed for the paratroopers and the air force. Was it refugee camp as claimed by the Third World and the communist block, a SWAPO HQ and strategic military establishment as claimed by the RSA government and the SADF, or a mixture of both as claimed by the truth and reconciliation commission were the casualties mostly combatants or were they innocent civilians? This is the only personal account ever written by somebody on the SADF side who 'was actually there' and who was the commander of the paratroopers. It also brings to light much more than this brief outline, especially the dangerous nature of the whole enterprise through personal experiences, by paratroopers and air crews, and how and why it nearly became the most disastrous undertaking of the whole 'bush war' era through uncalled for meddling by an outsider who should not have been there. Publisher: GG Books UK / Helion & Company (2014) Paperback: 656 pages c 50 b/w & 50 colour photos, 4 maps Helion edition available June 2014
Artist Peter Badcock captures graphically in his very distinctive style,the strains and stresses,which characterised the determination and dedication of the South African forces in South West Africa when pitted against the SWAPO and Cuban insurgents. 1st SA Edition Publisher: Graham Binding: Hardcover ISBN: 0 620 05344 5
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