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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking Silk, 26 Feb 2012
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This review is from: Battle for Cassinga: South Africa's Controversial Cross-Border Raid, Angola 1978 (Africa@War) (Paperback)
This is a memoir of the South African parachute attack on the PLAN camp at Cassinga. As such it includes as the greater part of its space the military account of the unit movements and key features of the fighting. The author was in the para force and has strong views on certain officers. There are plenty of illustrations and some useful maps. There is also some discussion of the claims by SWAPO that Cassinga was a refugee camp not a PLAN camp. These clearly matter to the author who resists the claims at every opportunity.

All memoirs suffer from being a record of but part of the ball (as Wellington would say) but McWilliams does a good job of giving the feel of this leap into Angola. The PLAN troops fighting back with nothing better than Soviet HMGs, and the feeling that, for all the South African technical superiority, there was little enough to go round. Squadrons of aircraft do not strike the site, lone planes do. It must have been nerve-wracking for both sides.
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