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"One of the 32 Battalion's longest-serving members presents the unadorned true story of his unit in 32 Battalion: The Inside Story Of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit. Nicknamed "The Buffalo Soldiers," South Africa's 32nd Battalion was undefeated in twelve years of front-line battle, feared by enemies ranging from Cuban armies to Nambian guerrilla fighters. Called "Os Terriveis," or the Terrible Ones by their enemies, the unit met its most unlikely demise when peace came to southern Africa and politics chose to dissolve the unit's fraternity in 1993. 32 Battalion makes no embellishments or apologies, but rather presents the true story of the unit in clear terms, illustrated by a handful of black-and-white maps and diagrams and an inset section of color plates. A thrilling expose of modern military history." -- MidWest Book Review
This South African Defence Force unit called 32nd Battalion was formed in 1975 to combat Marxist MPLA and Cuban troops. Those had turned the Angloan civil war into one of the many proxy wars between east and west during the Cold War era.Author Piet Nortje served with this elite unit for ten years, rising through the ranks to eventually become Regimental Sergeant Major. Fearing the history of this top-secret unit would be lost, Nortje took it upon himself to write the story.Using newly declassified documents, official records and personal accounts, the author put together a very readable and detailed history. Generous use of maps and photos helps tell the story of "the best SADF fighting unit since the Second World War.
"32 Battalion" is the gripping inside story of South Africa's most controversial fighting unit of the 1970s and 1980s. Originally formed in order to lend support to the FNLA and UNITA in the Angolan war, 32 Battalion quickly gained the reputation of being an unconventional, secretive, yet highly effective group. Written by a man who was intimately involved with the unit and served as its Regimental Sergeant Major for two years, the book aims to explode the myths surrounding the legendary 32 and set the record straight. It records how and why 32 Battalion was formed, explores its unique identity forged by the men who fought in it, details the many operations in which they participated, and concludes with its eventual disbandment at the dawn of a new South Africa. What they did, and how they did it, would earn this controversial group official recognition as the best fighting unit in the South African Army since World War II.
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Book Description Zebra Press, South Africa, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. owners inscription on the title page, illustrated, 315 pages, printed boards. Seller Inventory # 016140
Book Description Zebra Press, Cape Town, South Africa, 2003. Hard Cover. Condition: VG. Dust Jacket Condition: VG. First Edition. 315pp. with b/w and colour illustrations. Light soil to outer edges and small corner creasing otherwise pages are unmarked and firm in binding. DJ has edge/rub wear, light indentation marks and creasing. Actual book for sale pictured. 16 x 23.8 x 3.4cm, wt999g 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 018489
Book Description Zebra Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. light shelf wear on jacket. a clean copy, much presentable. near fine copy. [SK]. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Seller Inventory # 2wa
Book Description Zebra Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. 315 pages (complete). A very smart copy. The dustjacket is neat and healthy. It has some very light scuffing. The illustrated laminated boards are neat and very sure. The contents are near immaculate. They are very clean, very clear, very confident, diligent, dutiful and fresh - as if new throughout. fk. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Seller Inventory # bthj
Book Description Zebra Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. The dust jacket is a little shelf rubbed and edge worn. Now protected in cellophane. The binding is excellent. GK. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Seller Inventory # 22oo
Book Description Zebra Press, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. 315 pages (complete). An excellent copy. The dust jacket is strong and very sure. It has some very, very light scuffing. The illustrated laminated boards are smart. Within, the pages are immaculate. They are very clean, very clear, very confident, very certain - as if new throughout. fk. Our orders are shipped using tracked courier delivery services. Seller Inventory # blmx
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