Days Of The Generals: The Untold Story of South Africas by Hilton Hamann

By Hilton Hamann

Days of the Generals relies on interviews with the previous generals of the South African Defence strength: Magnus Malan, Constand Viljoen, Jannie Geldenhuys, Georg Meiring, Hein du Toit and Chris Thirion. For the 1st time, they've got spread out and informed their part of the tale approximately occasions in southern Africa from the Nineteen Seventies to the current. Theirs is an explosive tale, giving behind-the-scenes information regarding covert operations, mystery conferences, strategic alliances and full-scale battle. The ebook seems intimately at South Africa's involvement in Angola, Namibia and Mozambique. It examines the armed fight of the ANC and the state's battle guns, South Africa's nuclear software and different "top mystery" matters. this is often crucial examining for someone drawn to southern African politics and armed forces heritage.

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His group was armed with small arms. They left our base at Qala-e Hakim in Paghman and walked to the Chamtala plain. There, Kochi families took the raiding party into their tents and cared for them. The raiding party stayed with the nomads for several days while they studied and evaluated the outpost and prepared for the raid. Commander Sheragai wanted to find an unmined approach to the outpost, so he asked his kinsmen to move their flocks to various spots around the outpost so he could probe the approaches.

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