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Author: Jim Hooper
Publisher: Helion and Company / GG Books
ISBN: 1910294853
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Koevoet! has been an global bestseller since its release over 20 years ago. This new edition goes far beyond the original in capturing the courage, fear and intensity of South Africa's deadly bush war. Never before had an outsider been given unrestricted access to Koevoet, the elite South West African Police counterinsurgency unit - also known as Operation K and officially as the South West Africa Police Counter Insurgency Unit (SWAPOL-COIN). Author Jim Hooper spent a total of five months embedded with the semi-secret and predominantly black 'Ops K', which climaxed with one of the most vicious and determined infiltrations ever mounted by the communist-backed South West Africa People s Organization (SWAPO). Crossing regularly into Angola in pursuit of the insurgents, he saw friends die next to him and was twice wounded himself. This updated edition, drawing on the recollections and diaries of the men he rode with, will fascinate yet another generation of readers. In assembling this work, Jim Hooper had the opportunity to re-connect with so many of the men who allowed this outsider to ride with them. All of which brought a new intensity and poignancy. It also reminded Jim Hooper how privileged he was to have been witness to Koevoet's war. This stunning work is a tribute to Koevoet and the legend they created. "Hooper is a careful reporter, but also a born writer; his vivid word-pictures drag you in and hold you. He skillfully conveys his initially unwelcoming reception by an operational unit; the long, frustrating grind of search operations in punishing terrain and climate; the extraordinary bush skills of the Ovambo policemen; the shock of sudden contact, and its aftermath." Martin Windrow "Jim Hooper's account of South Africa's successful "Ops K" in Namibia against South West Africa's People's Organization guerrillas should be required reading. The classic narrative is as timely today as it was twenty years ago." Charles D. Melson, Chief Historian, U.S. Marine Corps University. "This expanded edition is a skillfully woven mosaic of personal accounts from those involved and what he experienced during combat with Koevoet. The use of new material from those he rode with lays bare the realities of war, the fears and emotions that ebb and flow in the heat of combat, and the courage one finds to bring the battle to the enemy" Piet Nortje, Author of 32 Battalion "Koevoet describes in great detail the men, both black and white, and their mine-protected cross-country vehicles which were years ahead of anything in use by other western forces, the dedicated helicopter support units and the tactics used to bring an elusive guerrilla force to battle." Paul French, Author of Shadows of a Forgotten Past: To the Edge with the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts.

Warfare And Tracking In Africa 1952 1990

Author: Timothy J Stapleton
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317316894
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During the decolonization wars in East and Southern Africa, tracking became increasingly valuable as a military tactic. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Stapleton presents a comparative study of the role of tracking in insurgency and counter-insurgency across Kenya, Zimbabwe and Namibia.


Author: Lisa Margonelli
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1786071916
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Who has the answer to the world’s fuel problems? How can we bring ruined land back to life? Where do roboticists turn when they try to engineer a hive mind? Termites. Strange though it may seem, scientists are looking to these much-reviled insects as little guides to the biggest of ideas. Lisa Margonelli follows them to find out how termites could change the world. A masterpiece of popular science, Underbug touches on everything from metaphysical meditation, technological innovation and the psychology of obsession to good old-fashioned biology.

The Army

Author: Ashley Brown
Publisher: Historical Times
ISBN: 9780918678423
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The Covert War

Author: Peter Stiff
Publisher: Galago Books
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The mostly untold story of Koevoet - the South African Police's highly successful counter-insurgency unit. Initially based on the Selous Scouts of Rhodesia, it was formed in 1979 and deployed in Namibia until independence in 1989 when it was disbanded as a sop to the UN. During its almost ten year existence it fought in 1,615 contacts and killed or captured 3,225 of SWAPO's PLAN soldiers - the equivalent of almost six battalions of troops. But it paid a high price in blood and lost almost 160 policemen killed in action with another 949 wounded - more grievous casualties than any other South African fighting unit since World War II.--Publisher's website.

Der Krieg In Deutsch S Dwestafrika

Author: Hauptmann Schwabe
ISBN: 9783956105852
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Das vorliegende Werk fuhrt umfassend in die Geschichte der Entdeckung Sudafrikas und in der Folge Deutsch-Sudwestafrikas ein. Der Autor geht auf die Kampfe gegen die Hottentotten und den darauf folgenden Aufbau des Schutzgebiets ein. Schwabe schildert in seinem Buch die deutschen Machtmittel der Schutztruppe, die Starke und Verteilung, die Stationen und das Transportwesen. Anfang 1904 bricht der Aufstand aus. Der Autor erlautert hierzu die Grunde und schildert die Orte der Handlungen. Ausfuhrlich berichtet er uber die Geschehnisse rund um die Aufstande und Kriege bis zu deren Ende im Jahre 1906. Der Autor dieses Buches, Hauptmann Schwabe, war im Infanterie-Regiment von Boyen. Dieses Buch ist ein Nachdruck des Originals aus dem Jahre 1907.