Ratels on the Lomba: The story of Charlie Squadron

  • Jean Pierre Scherman School of Armour SANDF


Ratels on the Lomba bursts onto the page like a shot from a cannon, full of dramatic
scenes of warfighting, with blood flowing and where bullets are pinging off armour
plates. It is, however, far more than just another book on the Border War (1966–1989). If
you are looking for a feel-good book, describing how the valiant South African Defence
Force (SADF) fought and won, then look elsewhere. This book tells the story of a small
sub-unit, fewer than 100 men strong, from the perspective of the soldier on the ground,
where the bullet meets the meat. It reads more like a horror story than like a war story
– but we will get back to that.

Author Biography

Jean Pierre Scherman, School of Armour SANDF

School of Armour

2IC Education, Training and Development Wing

Tempe Military Base

Major J. Scherman

How to Cite
Scherman, J. P. (2021). Ratels on the Lomba: The story of Charlie Squadron. Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, 49(1), 115-118. https://doi.org/10.5787/49-1-1326
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