30 Degrees South Publishers in South Africa

 

HOME

..........................

PURCHASE ON-LINE  :

 

BOOKS A - M

 

BOOKS M (cont) - T

 

BOOKS T (cont) - Z

..........................

AFRICA@ WAR SERIES

..........................

ANGLO-BOER WAR SERIES

..........................

SOUTHBOUND TITLES

..........................

LEDA PUBLISHERS

..........................

AUTHORS

 

OUR AUTHORS A - K

 

OUR AUTHORS K - Z

..........................

ABOUT US

..........................

CONTACT US

..........................

MAILING LIST

Join and be the first to know

..........................

SALES AND DISTRIBUTION

..........................

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Pathfinder Company

Pathfinder Company

By Gillmore, Graham

 

The Philistines

44 Parachute Brigade

R195.00

 

Softcover

ISBNL 9781920143480

160 pages

260 x 215 / 8½ x 10¼

200 colour, b/w photos, maps

Military History / African Studies

 

Colonel Jan Breytenbach writes in the foreword: “On Ascension Day, 1978, a composite South African parachute battalion jumped onto the tactical HQ of SWAPO’s PLAN army, based at Cassinga, 250 kilometres north of the Angolan border to destroy the facility, their logistics, and to wipe out a strong concentration of SWAPO guerrillas.

 

The airborne assault, part of Operation Reindeer, was an unqualified success; the whole base was destroyed. 608 PLAN fighters were killed, with many more wounded which pushed the final SWAPO death toll to well over a thousand. We lost only four paratroopers killed in action plus a dozen or so wounded. According to airborne experts in Britain and Australia, this was the most audacious parachute assault since the Second World War; the mounting airfield was well over 1,000 nautical miles away. I was the commander of that airborne assault, which although successful above all expectations, also highlighted many shortcomings, some of which nearly led to a disastrous outcome.

 

” 44 Parachute Brigade was formed later that year, with the need for a specialist Pathfinder Company patently clear. Into the ranks came professional veterans from the UK, USA, Australasia, Rhodesia and elsewhere, from such Special Forces units as the SAS, Selous Scouts and the RLI. “This is their book, a collection of stories about the founding and deployment of a unit of ‘Foreign Legionnaires’, from different parts of the world who became welded together into a remarkable combat unit, unsurpassed by any other South African Defence Force unit in their positive and aggressive approach to battle. For me it was an honour to have faced incoming lead together with them.”

 

§ Back to list

 

 

Paygate

 

 

Visa Mastercard

 

Southbound Series

 

Facebook

 

Twitter

 

Pinterest

 

LEDA Publishers

This page contains information about Pathfinder Company, Graham Gillmore, African Military History

 

Pathfinder Company, Graham Gillmore, African Military History

 

WEB DESIGN. WEB OPTIMISATION, AND HOSTING BY UQH - www.ultraquickhost.com ©Ultra Quick Host ®UQH

It is illegal to copy or reproduce any information or images contained in this website without written application and subsequent

permission from Ultra Quick Host