Battle for Angola
The End of the Cold War in Africa c. 1975-89
Imprint: Helion and Company
562 Pages, 6.75 x 9.5 in, 200 b/w photos, two 16pp color sections
- January 2021
- Temporarily out of stock. Ships in 2-3 weeks.
- April 2017
- Out of print. Available in digital formats at the links below.
For the sake of continuity, the author has included several chapters on that colonial struggle in this work, with the main thrust on events before and after - including the civil war that followed Lisbon’s over-hasty departure back to the metrópole, as well as the role of South African mercenaries in defeating the rebel leader Dr Jonas Savimbi (considered by some as the most accomplished guerrilla leader to emerge in Africa in the past century). He is helped by several notable authorities, including the French historian Dr René Pélissier and the American academic and former naval aviator Dr John (Jack) Cann. With their assistance, he covers several ancillary uprisings and invasions, including the Herero revolt of the early 20th century; the equally-troubled Ovambo insurrection, as well as the invasion of Angola by the Imperial German Army in the First World War. An important section deals with the South African Border War, because without Angola, that would never have happened - nor 'Operation Savannah' and the invasion of Angola from the south. Finally, the role of the Cuban Revolutionary Army receives the attention it deserves.
The style is often descriptive, emotive and personal, rather than academic or deeply analytical, and certainly leaves you in no doubt as to the impact of the war on those who fought. […] Recommended for those interested in post-war African conflicts. ~Miniature Wargames
"...we can trace the situation after the Portuguese left and the ensuing civil war, in which neighbouring countries also took part in." ~Terrorism and Political Violence