Seven Battles that Shaped South Africa

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An excellent guide book about seven decisive battles which shaped South Africa, and the distinctive personalities involved. The authors visited all the sites themselves and the book contains substantial new information, including the Black perspective on the various battles and on the aftermath of Cuito Canavale.

Contents include:

· Blood ...

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Overview

An excellent guide book about seven decisive battles which shaped South Africa, and the distinctive personalities involved. The authors visited all the sites themselves and the book contains substantial new information, including the Black perspective on the various battles and on the aftermath of Cuito Canavale.

Contents include:

· Blood River -- 1838 (Dingane; Andries Pretorius)
· Isandhlwana/Rorke's Drift -- 1879 (Matyana; Chard)
· Majuba – 1881 (Colley; Joubert)
· Colenso (“Black Week”) – 1899 (Redvers Buller; Louis Botha)
· Delville Wood – 1916
· The Western Desert (Sidi Rezegh, Tobruk and El Alamein) – 1942 (Klopper; Dan Pienaar; Erwin Rommel)
· Cuito Cuanavale –1988 (Jannie Geldenhuys; Fidel Castro)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780624042983
  • Publisher: NB Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

GREG MILLS, previously Director of the SA Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), heads the Brenthurst Foundation. He is the author of a number of books and has published on both the El Alamein battle and the Somme. His PhD research centred on Cuito Cuanavale.

DAVID WILLIAMS, Deputy Editor of the Johannesburg Financial Mail and Research Associate at the South African Institute of International Affairs, is an expert on the El Alamein battles and the desert campaigns. An experienced radio and TV broadcaster, he covered military affairs for the Financial Mail, notably during South Africa’s transition in 1990–1995. He has published books on sport, Great Games (Penguin, 1998) and Toughest of Them All with Grant Harding (Penguin, 2001) and on history, Seven Battles that Shaped South Africa (Tafelberg, 2005). He was educated at King Edward VII School and at the University of Witwatersrand.

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