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Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion

Striking Inside Angola with 32 Battalion

By Scheepers, Marius





ISBN: 978-1-920143-67-1


184 pages

234 x 156mm

100 b/w photos, maps


Join ‘The Terrible Ones’ on clandestine operations and in conventional warfare during the harsh bush war that raged through southern Angola in the 1980s.


The conflict ended with the last major battle of the Cold War, one of the largest land battles of the latter part of the 20th century.


This book presents an eyewitness account by a South African Defence Force (SADF) Signals Officer, Marius Scheepers, who served in arguably the most formidable battle unit that ever existed in the history of the South African Defence Force: 32 Battalion. It describes how members lived and fought in the bush during 1983 under the most difficult conditions.


Being the Signals Officer of 32 Battalion, Scheepers was privy to all major command decisions of the time. Although he focuses primarily on operations during the year 1983, including Operations Snoek and Dolfyn, he includes concise descriptions of all other major operations that took place inside Angola between 1966 and 1988, including Operation Askari (1983/84) and the decisive battle at Cuito Cuanavale in 1987/88. Extensive appendices include 32 Battalion sitreps, radio-code cards, SADF radio equipment used by 32 Battalion and details on SADF, SAAF and SWAPO.


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Striking Inside Angola , Marius Scheepers,

Striking Inside Angola , Marius Scheepers