South African Armoured Fighting Vehicles

A History of Innovation and Excellence, 1960-2020

Dr Dewald Venter

A history of necessity and innovation, takes an in-depth look at 22 iconic South African armored vehicles.
Date Published :
October 2020
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Series :
Illustration :
145 b/w & 8 color photos, 23 color profiles, 1 b/w map, 6 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781913336257
Pages : 112
Dimensions : 11.7 X 8.3 inches
Stock Status : Available


During the Cold War, Africa became a prime location for proxy wars between the East and the West. Against the backdrop of a steep rise in liberation movements backed by Eastern Bloc communist countries such as Cuba and the Soviet Union, southern Africa saw one of the most intense wars ever fought on the continent.

Subjected to international sanctions due to its policies of racial segregation, known as Apartheid, South Africa was cut off from sources of major arms systems from 1977. Over the following years, the country became involved in the war in Angola, which gradually grew in ferocity and converted into a conventional war. With the available equipment being ill-suited to the local, hot, dry and dusty climate, and confronted with the omnipresent threat of land mines, the South Africans began researching and developing their own, often groundbreaking and innovative weapon systems.

The results were designs for some of the most robust armored vehicles produced anywhere in the world for their time, and highly influential for further development in multiple fields ever since. Decades later, the lineage of some of the vehicles in question can still be seen on many of battlefields around the world, especially those riddled by land mines and so-called improvised explosive devices.

South African Armoured Fighting Vehicles takes an in-depth look at 13 iconic South African armored vehicles. The development of each vehicle is rolled out in the form of a breakdown of their main features, layout and design, equipment, capabilities, variants and service experiences. Illustrated by over 100 authentic photographs and more than two dozen custom-drawn color profiles, this volume provides an exclusive and indispensable source of reference.

About The Author

Dr. Dewald Venter is a South African author who is an internationally published academic researcher on military heritage tourism. As a military author he specializes in South African military vehicles with a focus on armored vehicles. He is a member of the SA Armour Museum council tasked with preserving South African armor heritage. This is his first installment for Helion’s @War series.


"Printed in A4 format and being a hefty 96 pages long, this new book is a compendium of short histories of each of South Africa's main armoured vehicles of the last 50 years..."


"...will be of interest to modelers and military historians alike."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"...if the technical aspect of armored vehicles is in your blood, you'll enjoy this reference volume..."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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