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South African Special Forces (Elite) Paperback – 27 May 1993
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About the Author
Robert Pitta has been a writer and editor in the Defence/Aerospace industry for over sixteen years. He is a former professional photographer and holds an advanced university degree. He has given lectures to the military and written on the history, development, and use of camouflage clothing and concealment techniques. He lives and works in Maryland, USA.
Simon McCouaig is rapidly establishing himself as one of the bright new stars of modern military illustration. He has already illustrated several Men-at-Arms and Elite volumes including the well respected South-East Asian Special Forces.
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This slender volume by Osprey in its military Elite Series meets the high marks expected from this giant publisher of military history books. Illustrator Simon McCouaig has a precise drawing style that well shows the weapons and equipment of the various units covered.
The two authors did a lot of work sniffing out the sometimes obscure South African military and police units active in the border war with Angola. For a decade South Africa battled an amalgam of forces based in Angola. This inculcated entire military units from Cuba and advisers from East Germany and the Soviet Union along with vertiginous forces from Angola and from what eventually became the new nation of Namibia.
The authors walk us through the organization, combat history and in some cases the record of particular prominent soldiers in famous units like the Paras, Battalion 32 and the police unit known around the world as Koveot. These sections are detailed and filled with facts. But they authors also explore other, sometime short lived, units also. The Marines for instance had a career that included going in and out of existence. They also include the Medical Corps, which in SA is a separate service, among the Elite units, which is unusual.
This high quality British import from 1993 will find a spot on the shelf of those interested in warfare in this time period in Africa.