South Africa at War Along the Angolan Frontier

Al J. Venter & Friends

South Africa's Border War continues to attract a lot of attention, in part because it was one of the longest "colonial" wars in contemporary history that also saw a host of new weapons systems developed, both by Pretoria and by its enemies. In landmine warfare alone, some of the mine-protected vehicles which emerged from South African factories alm
Date Published :
September 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
232 b/w photos, 39 color photos. 4 b/w & color maps, 23 b/w & color ills
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Al Venter's latest book on South Africa's 23-year Border War along the Angolan frontier offers a host of new perspectives. These include details about units like the South African Air Force 44 Squadron which converted Dakota aircraft into flying gun platforms similar to those used in America's war in South-East Asia. He also has American nuclear specialist David Albright - one of the leading authorities on nuclear proliferation - take a long hard look at Pretoria's atom bomb program. Elsewhere he deals with the medium-range intercontinental ballistic missile programme that was developed (with Israeli help) in conjunction with building the bomb. Most salient, Venter takes a fresh look at the enemies that were ranged against the SADF, and in particular how SWAPO guerrillas fared. They were obviously a gutsy, well-trained and well-motivated guerrilla force to have survived almost a quarter century of hostilities: indeed, as an insurgent force they were streets ahead of other guerrilla groups such as those who fought the Portuguese and the Rhodesians. Combat-wise, South Africa's ANC military wing does not even begin to compare. There is also, within more than 20 chapters - written either by the author or by specialist friends - a fascinating chapter on covert communications during the war which stretched almost all the way across Africa and into the Indian Ocean. Another chapter looks at what gave the six-wheeled 'thin-skinned' Ratel Infantry Combat Vehicle the ability to tackle Soviet main battle tanks in combat during the course of several Angolan conventional bush war battles and thrash them, a world first that remains unbeaten.

About The Author

Al Venter Is The Author More Than 50 Titles, Many Linked To The Modern Wars Of Today. These Include The War Against Al Qaeda In The Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), Al-Shabaab In Somalia, Historical Wars Like Biafra, El Salvador, The Lebanese Civil War And Others, But Most Notably How Both South Africa And Portugal Fought Their Guerrilla Struggles In Africa. He Is A Specialist In Weapons Of Mass Destruction: His Latest Title In This Field Is Nuclear Terror, To Be Followed By A Book In Conjunction With An Internationally Renowned Israeli Scientist On Chemical And Biological Warfare. Al Venter Has Published Nine Titles On The Realm Of The Underwater, Including Free-Diving With Sharks And Uncovering Shipwrecks And Their Treasures.


'This book covers a wide range of subjects from the period of the Border War and makes a very interesting read, as well as providing a resource of photos of the military vehicles and equipment. Recommended.''

- Scale Military Modelling International Magazine

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