STRIKING INSIDE ANGOLA WITH 32 BATTALION

  • Thato Sebalane Security and Africa Studies, Faculty of Military Science, (Military Academy), Stellenbosch University.

Abstract

The Angolan Bush War or the South African Border War has become something of a forgotten war. In South Africa, the war was heard of, but the details were not known to the general public. For all practical purposes it was a ‘secret war’. “Relatives and friends had no idea what their loved ones were going through while serving [on] the border” (p 13). Today many South Africans have a limited or eschewed understanding of why there was a border war or, for that matter, explain why South Africa was entangled in a quagmire of that sort for years on end in Angola. The consistent stream of border war literature has tried to fill this void; the main contributors from South Africa were at first commanding officers (veteran colonels and retired generals) but thereafter numerous former conscripts. The declassification of information paved a way for aspiring researchers interested uncovering this ‘secret war’. More recently, the opposing sides have started to chronicle “their side of the story” and record details of “their” experiences. A recent contribution is Gennady Shubin and Andrei Tokarev’s Bush War: the road to Cuito Cuanavale. Soviet Soldiers’ Accounts of the Angolan War. 2011. Auckland Park: Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd.

Author Biography

Thato Sebalane, Security and Africa Studies, Faculty of Military Science, (Military Academy), Stellenbosch University.
Postgraduate student in Security and Africa Studies, Faculty of Military Science, (Military Academy), Stellenbosch University.
Published
2014-05-21
Section
Book Reviews