A Whisper in the Reeds: 'The Terrible Ones' - South Africa's 32 Battalion at War

A Whisper in the Reeds: 'The Terrible Ones' - South Africa's 32 Battalion at War

by Justin Taylor


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908916587
Publisher: Helion & Company, Limited
Publication date: 09/02/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,064,081
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Justin Taylor grew up on a sugar farm in Zululand and spoke Zulu before he could speak English. He was sent to boarding school for ten years before reporting for National Service in 1979. Doing 'your bit' for your country ran in Taylor's family - his grandfather was a fighter pilot in the Royal Flying Corps and in the Second World War his father flew Spitfires for the SAAF.In 1979 he was drafted into the military, completing two years of National Service as a Signals Officer with 32 Battalion in the Namibian / Angolan conflict (1979-80). Justin was wounded at the Battle of Savate and awarded the Chief of SADF Commendation Medal (MMM) for services of a high order. He then went on to complete part-time military service with 2 Reconnaissance Regiment. Justin holds a BA from the University of Cape Town, majoring in Economics and Psychology and a MBL from the University of South Africa. He is now lives in Johannesburg and is a successful businessman. When not working he makes best use of his private pilot's licence! He is married with two daughters

Table of Contents

List of photographs viii

List of maps xvi

Foreword Lt Col Willem Ratte 17

Foreword RSM Piet Nortje 18

Preface 20

Acknowledgements 21

Maps 22

Amongst the Zulus 24

The Apocalypse looms 29

"Three-Two' 39

Dirico 43

Retraining 47

My reprieve 54

First combat 56

Ops Loodvoet 63

The Battle of Savate 65

Home 125

Convoy commander 131

A go ok comes for tea 134

The Air Force show 136

Ops Chaka 138

Rugby in the bush 143

Ops Butterfly 145

Training the Signallers 158

Selection course 176

'Min' days and a sense of honour 180

Civvy street 185

The end… the beginning 187

The miracle that was 191

Appendix: Poems 196

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