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BATTLE For ANGOLA:
The End of the Cold War in Africa 1975-89
Al J. Venter
Following the publication of Al Venter’s successful Portugal’s Guerrilla Wars in
Africa - shortlisted by the New York Military Affairs Symposium’s 'Arthur
Goodzeit Book Award for 2013' - his Battle for Angola delves still further
into the troubled history of this former Portuguese African colony.
This is a completely fresh work running to almost 600 pages including 32 pages
of color photos, with the main thrust on events before and after the civil war that
followed Lisbon’s over-hasty departure back to the metrópole.
There are also several sections that detail 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).
There are many chapters that deal with Pretoria’s reaction to the deteriorating
political and military situation in Angola, the role of the Soviets and mercenaries
in the political transition, as well as the civil war that followed.
With the assistance of several notable military authorities he elaborates in
considerable detail on South Africa’s 23-year Border War, from the first
guerrilla incursions to the last.
In this regard he received solid help from the former the head of
4 Reconnaissance Regiment, Colonel Douw Steyn, who details
several cross-border Recce strikes, including the sinking by frogmen of
two Soviet ships and a Cuban freighter in an Angolan deepwater port.
Throughout, the author was helped by a variety of 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.
Former deputy head of the South African Army Major General Roland de Vries
played a seminal role. Dubbed ‘South Africa’s Rommel’ by his fellow commanders,
who successfully nurtured the concept of ‘mobile warfare’ where, in a succession
of armored onslaughts ‘thin-skinned’ Ratel Infantry Fighting Vehicles tackled
Soviet main battle tanks and thrashed them.
There is a major section on South African Airborne – the ‘Parabats’ –by
Brigadier-General McGill Alexander, one of the architects of that kind
of warfare under Third World conditions.
Finally, the role of Cuban Revolutionary Army receives the attention
it deserves: officially there were almost 50,000 Cuban troops deployed
in the Angolan war, though subsequent disclosures in Havana suggest that
the final total was much higher.
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