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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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