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Best account of a South African soldier on operations on the Border,
This review is from: 19 with a Bullet: A South African Paratrooper in Angola (Paperback)
Like most young South African males of his generation & mine, we all had to go to the Army & fight on the Border. The border in question was the Namibian/Angolan border. The enemy was Communism or more specifically SWAPO.
Granger Korff was one such South African male. In this autobiography, Granger elaborates what it was like growing up in apartheid South Africa. He was clearly a drop-out, a problem child being expelled from numerous schools due to delinquent behaviour.
As such he was attracted to the Army unlike the normal run-of-the-mill SA male who participated under duress. Being quick tempered & iconoclastic, he has numerous brushes with authority. All of these are covered in a clear, lucid no-nonsense style reminiscent of Andy NcNab of the SAS.
However the main part of the book is reserved for his various skirmishes & battles against SWAPO. Unlike the usual doctrine when attacking of having a numerical advantage of 3 to 1, the South Africans attacked with a numerical disadvantage of 1 to 3 normally without the requisite anti armour weaponry. This sometimes results in potentially difficult situations when confronted with tanks or BTRs.
But the results were impressive - with body counts normally of the order of 50 to 1.
Even with such light casualties, the horrors of war are quickly encountered not only from one's own casualties but from civilians inadvertently killed such a family of Bushmen amongst a SWAPO contingent.
From a pure military viewpoint, the details of the main operations in which Granger participated viz Ceiling; Protea & Daisy provide one with a vivid picture of what it was like to fight in this bush war.
For all those wanting a front-line troops view into what really happened on the Border, this is the book to purchase.
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Initial post: 14 Jul 2013 11:07:48 BDT
Miran Ali says:
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. A light quick read by very interesting for the period flavour. Good review.
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