H.R. Heitman


An Option for the Conventional Defence of the Republic of South Africa. Both long term trends and more recent events will have served to make it more so.

These include:1. The gradual upgrading of potentially hostilemilitary establishments, particularly as regardspersonnel background and equipment.

2. The improving infrastructure of Southern Africa generally, facilitating the conduct of conventionaloperations.

3. The establishment of openly Marxist regimesin Angola and Mocambique, facilitating access.

4. The experience gained as a. result of theoperations in support of the Movimento Popularde Llberracao de Angola (or Popular Movementfor the Liberation of Angola)

5. The increasingly supine and even hostile attitude of the West, the United States of America in particular

6. The increasingly active role of the Soviet Union and her allies.

7. The high losses among, and the relative lack of success of, terrorists operating against Rhodesia, resulting in a decrease in confidence inthis approach.

9. The South African role in Angola which, suitably embellished, can be presented as evidence both of the Republic of South Africa's 'wickedness'and her military weakness.


Conventional Defence; Considering possible countermeasures if attacked

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