32 Battalion: The Inside Story of South Africa's Elite Fighting Unit
Originally formed in order to lend support to the FNLA and UNITA in the Angolan war, 32 Battalion quickly gained the reputation of being an unconventional, secretive, yet highly effective group. Written by a man who was intimately involved with the unit and served as its Regimental Sergeant Major for two years, the book aims to explode the myths surrounding the legendary 32 and set the record straight. It records how and why 32 Battalion was formed, explores its unique identity forged by the men who fought in it, details the many operations in which they participated, and concludes with its eventual disbandment at the dawn of a new South Africa. What they did, and how they did it, would earn this controversial group official recognition as the best fighting unit in the South African Army since World War II. This book s unembellished, factual reporting will fill a big gap in the highly popular military genre.REVIEWS "This South African Defence Force unit called 32nd Battalion was formed in 1975 to combat Marxist MPLA and Cuban troops. Those had turned the Angloan civil war into one of the many proxy wars between east and west during the Cold War era. Author Piet Nortje served with this elite unit for ten years, rising through the ranks to eventually become Regimental Sergeant Major. Fearing the history of this top-secret unit would be lost, Nortje took it upon himself to write the story. Using newly declassified documents, official records and personal accounts, the author put together a very readable and detailed history. Generous use of maps and photos helps tell the story of "the best SADF fighting unit since the Second World War."Books Plus, Women in the Arts, 2006/11"
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LouieD - LibraryThing
The South African Border War & the South African Defence Force in general is little heard of in the U.S., never mind one of the most renowned units during this conflict. "32 Bn." , written by a former ... Read full review
This book is very valuable because it is based on original documents such as Operational Orders and signals sent to and from 31 Battalion. It is thus a historic record of events, rather than a typical macho soldiers view of a given conflict. The book is easy to read at a number of levels. As a simple narrative about a military unit, the author takes the reader into that intimate space that is a soldier's on combat duty. At another level, given the foundation of facts, the book becomes a complete record, including dates, places and key events, all significant for a serious scholar. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in elite military units or in the Angolan and South African theatre of military conflict. I have cited heavily from this book in much of my own work.
Construction of Huhnerleiter shelters
Operations west of the Cuito River with deployments
SWAPO ambush of Corporal le Rouxs platoon June 1977
Area map showing lona Cambeno Valley and Marienfluss
Operation Askari Note the number of rivers in the area
FAPLAs push southwards in the 3rd and 6th military regions
WE MARCH WITHOUT FEAR
FIGHTING TILL THE END
WE CAME WE GO