The Black Beret: The History of South Africa's Armoured Forces. Volume 2

The Italian Campaign 1943-45 and Post-War South Africa 1946-1961

Willem Steenkamp

 
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
c 275 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781911512400
Pages : 368
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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$59.95

Overview
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Volume 2 of The Black Beret picks up where the previous volume left off, describing the bowing out of the South African Tank Corps, the formation of 6th South African Armoured Division and its subsequent campaign in Italy. Its exploits in Italy are recounted in detail, from its blooding at Cassino, the pursuit to Rome, the hard fight to breach the Gothic Line through to final victory. The final part of the book recounts the events of 1945-61, including the introduction of the Centurion tank. This is an important and overlooked story, one told by Willem Steenkamp in a rich and unique style, drawing on a significant number of sources, and ably supported by many photographs and maps.

About The Author
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Willem Steenkamp has been a journalist, soldier, writer of fact and fiction, military tattoo producer and specialist tour guide. A military reservist, he was called up for military service on various occasions from 1976 onwards and took part in four external operations, including an attachment to 61 Mech on its first real test of strength: 1980’s 'Operation Sceptic'. After the end of the border conflict in 1989, he served on a presidential advisory council and as a security advisor during the 1994 election, as well as helping to write the seminal 1996 Defence Review. Subsequently, he was a consultant to the SA National Defence Force and Ministry of Defence on several occasions. He is the author of 18 factual books and novels, co-writer of a stage play and two television scripts, and has won three literary prizes.

REVIEWS
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"Volume 2 of a fascinating account of South Africa's Armed Forces and how they came to be reorganised"

- Books Monthly

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