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Ratels On The Lomba - The Story Of Charlie Squadron (Paperback) Loot Price: R159 Discovery Miles 1 590 You Save: R71 (31%)

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Ratels On The Lomba - The Story Of Charlie Squadron (Paperback)

Leopold Scholtz

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Charlie Squadron – the iron fist of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group (61 Mech) – led the way on 3 October 1987 during the climactic battle between the South African Defence Force and the Angolan forces on the Lomba River in southern Angola. Ratels On The Lomba places the reader in the midst of the squadron of young conscripts who were taken off to the Border War to fight in this battle.

Not only were they up against a vastly superior Angolan force in terms of numbers and weaponry, but they also had to deal with terrain so dense that their sight was severely impaired and their movement restricted. Also, even though SADF tactical doctrine clearly stated that tanks had to be countered by tanks, these conscripts had to take on the Angolan tanks in armoured cars with inferior low-velocity guns and thin armour, designed to keep out nothing more than small-arms fire. Yet, during the battle on the Lomba the 47 Brigade of the Angolan forces was nearly wiped out.

Scholtz’z blow-by-blow account of a David vs. Goliath battle takes the reader to the heart of the action. It is honestly told and vividly described, thanks to interviews with veterans and diary entries that help to recreate the drama of the battle. It is an intensely human story of how individuals react in the face of death and how the war never left them, even when they returned home.

General

Imprint: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Country of origin: South Africa
Release date: 25 July 2017
Authors: Leopold Scholtz
Dimensions: 234 x 152 x 21mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 272
ISBN-13: 978-1-86842-748-2
Barcode: 9781868427482
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Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
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Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > Military life & institutions > General
Books > Humanities > History > World history > From 1900 > Postwar, from 1945
Books > History > World history > From 1900 > Postwar, from 1945
LSN: 1-86842-748-X

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