North of the Red Line: Recollections of the Border War by Members of the SADF and SWATF: 1966-1989

North of the Red Line: Recollections of the Border War by Members of the SADF and SWATF: 1966-1989

by Hanlie Snyman Wroth, Gerry van Tonder


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928211976
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gerry van Tonder was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1955. He joined the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Intaf) in January 1975, stationed at Karoi. He was then posted to Mt Darwin as District Officer. He was the Returning Officer for Rushinga during the Zimbabwean elections, liaising with election supervisors and returned guerrillas, and came to Britain in 1999. He has written extensively on Rhodesian history and local British history and has recently started a series of Cold War titles. He lives in the UK.

Hanlie Snyman Wroth is a former teacher who spent some time teaching refugee learners from Angola and Mozambique. She has been a Sales Manager at Oxford University Press, and later International Sales Manager at Juta, but now retired and painting full time at their beach home in St Helena Bay. She is a prolific reader, who believes that she has a serious dose of ‘abibliophobia’: the book lover’s greatest fear: running out of reading material. She is an ex-air force wife, and her husband Charlie ‘Backseat’ Wroth spent sixteen years in the SAAF, as a navigator on bombers and transport aircraft. He also spent time on the ground in Angola. As the mother of a soldier in the British Parachute Regiment, she is also well read in the modern war in Afghanistan, seeing that her son and husband had spent a number of years there. She has a great interest in the causes and results of worldwide wars through the ages.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 8

Foreword 9

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Chopper Happening and Swamp Rats Pre-1975 21

Chapter 2 Operation Savannha Angola 1975 36

Chapter 3 Air Strike Cassinga 1976-8 48

Chapter 4 Over the Border 1979: Backlash to Rekstok 74

Chapter 5 Taking Southern Angola 1980: Ride to Agadir 79

Chapter 6 Triumph and Tragedy 1981 91

Chapter 7 Ratels and Bosboks 1982 120

Chapter 8 Up and at Them: Operation Askari 1983 145

Chapter 9 False Peace 1984-5 162

Chapter 10 Into the Night 1986 184

Chapter 11 Conventional War 1987-8 I: MiG Threat 192

Chapter 12 Conventional War 1987-8 II: Battles and Scars 217

Chapter 13 Conventional War 1987-8 III: Famous Fifteen & Firewood 261

Chapter 14 Nine Days in 1989 284

Chapter 15 Koevoet and DIY Amputation 291

Chapter 16 Golden Eagles I: Of Carriers and Bombers 299

Chapter 17 Golden Eagles II: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 337

Chapter 18 Golden Eagles III: Kings of the Air 377

Chapter 19 Lighter Moments 406

Chapter 20 In the Navy 432

Chapter 21 From Their Side 436

Chapter 22 Medics: Unsung Heroes 445

Chapter 23 The Comical Ones 461

Chapter 24 We Will Remember Them 511

Chapter 25 Big Guns 546

Chapter 26 It is Over 556

Glossary 559

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