» Teenage Safari: A South African Conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia ä Download by » Evan Davies

» Teenage Safari: A South African Conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia ä Download by » Evan Davies Although I have never been in the military either in South Africa or the Uk I was in the border area of Namibia SWA Angola for a couple of weeks in 1982 on a touring break after a few months in South Africa It was to say the least an interesting experience never to be repeated The book is so written that you can immerse yourself in the writers daily life as a National Serviceman first in South Africa and then on the Border I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it.
I Recommend This Book To Everyone Students Of The Era Will Find It A Very Useful Addition To The bookshelf And Others Will Simply Find It Absorbing It Is A Quite Superb Description Of Soldiering From Another Time And Culture Stars Army Rumour ServiceOne Of The Best Individual Accounts I Have read Miniature WargamesAnyone That Finds Real Life Adventure As Fascinating As I Do Will Revel In Evan Davies S Memoir Of The Angola War There Are A Huge Number Of Conflicts That Warrant Further Investigation, And This Is One Of Them Evan S Narrative Is Studied And Engaging You Will Feel Informed After Reading About His Exploits With The South African Army Inspirational books MonthlyA Wide Eyed South African Conscript Relates His Small Share Of The War In Angola And Namibia In The S This Is Not The Usual Military History, Written By A Commander Armed With Facts, Nor A Researched Story Of A War Or CampaignIt Is A Personal Experience Being Brutally Honest It Will Resonate Not Only With Readers Of All Things Military But Also With A Wider Literary Audience, For Its Poetic Prose And Subtle Sentiments, And For Its Entertaining Narrative It May Thus Be Of Interest Not Only To The South African Men Who Were There, But To Their Women Who Were Left Behind, And To All Men And Women Anywhere It Is A Book By A Non Warrior Dumped Into A War, Which Nevertheless Provides Vivid Alternative Firsthand Accounts Whose Validity Cannot Simply Be Brushed Aside By Professional HistoriansDescriptive Writing Takes Readers Right Into The Colorful Past, Into Action And Into Personal Interactions Notes Made At The Time Preserve Intimate Details Of What It Was Like To Be A White South African During Apartheid, And The Surprisingly Humane Culture Within Its Small But Effective White Led Army Dialogue Is Remembered Verbatim As Is The Unique Jargon And Profanity Of The Time, With English Translations Where Afrikaans Is Spoken After A Brief Life Background The Narrative Moves Chronologically Through Two Years Of Military Training, Deployment, Combat And Demobilization, With Comments On The Human Effect Of These Experiences The Result Is A Compelling Time Capsule The South African Defence Force Ceased To Exist In When South Africa Began Its Nonracial Democracy Surprisingly, Because It Was A Humane Army It Was A Good One This Is Not Just A Liberal Attitude It Meant That When A Thing Needed Doing, It Was Done Conscientiously And Thoroughly, With Thought For Secondary Effects It Was A Dangerous Opponent To Have, Inflicting Maximum Casualties Where This Was Necessary, But When The Need Passed, It Switched Easily To A Humanitarian Purpose There Was Much Lost That Being Unique And Laudable In The Old South African Culture And In Its Army S Approach And Attitude, Is Fascinating TodayI Recommend This Book To Everyone Students Of The Era Will Find It A Very Useful Addition To The bookshelf And Others Will Simply Find It Absorbing It Is A Quite Superb Description Of Soldiering From Another Time And Culture Stars Army Rumour ServiceOne Of The Best Individual Accounts I Have read Miniature WargamesAnyone That Finds Real Life Adventure As Fascinating As I Do Will Revel In Evan Davies S Memoir Of The Angola War There Are A Huge Number Of Conflicts That Warrant Further Investigation, And This Is One Of Them Evan S Narrative Is Studied And Engaging You Will Feel Informed After Reading About His Exploits With The South African Army Inspirational books MonthlyA Wide Eyed South African Conscript Relates His Small Share Of The War In Angola And Namibia In The S This Is Not The Usual Military History, Written By A Commander Armed With Facts, Nor A Researched Story Of A War Or CampaignIt Is A Personal Experience Being Brutally Honest It Will Resonate Not Only With Readers Of All Things Military But Also With A Wider Literary Audience, For Its Poetic Prose And Subtle Sentiments, And For Its Entertaining Narrative It May Thus Be Of Interest Not Only To The South African Men Who Were There, But To Their Women Who Were Left Behind, And To All Men And Women Anywhere It Is A Book By A Non Warrior Dumped Into A War, Which Nevertheless Provides Vivid Alternative Firsthand Accounts Whose Validity Cannot Simply Be Brushed Aside By Professional HistoriansDescriptive Writing Takes Readers Right Into The Colorful Past, Into Action And Into Personal Interactions Notes Made At The Time Preserve Intimate Details Of What It Was Like To Be A White South African During Apartheid, And The Surprisingly Humane Culture Within Its Small But Effective White Led Army Dialogue Is Remembered Verbatim As Is The Unique Jargon And Profanity Of The Time, With English Translations Where Afrikaans Is Spoken After A Brief Life Background The Narrative Moves Chronologically Through Two Years Of Military Training, Deployment, Combat And Demobilization, With Comments On The Human Effect Of These Experiences The Result Is A Compelling Time Capsule The South African Defence Force Ceased To Exist In When South Africa Began Its Nonracial Democracy Surprisingly, Because It Was A Humane Army It Was A Good One This Is Not Just A Liberal Attitude It Meant That When A Thing Needed Doing, It Was Done Conscientiously And Thoroughly, With Thought For Secondary Effects It Was A Dangerous Opponent To Have, Inflicting Maximum Casualties Where This Was Necessary, But When The Need Passed, It Switched Easily To A Humanitarian Purpose There Was Much Lost That Being Unique And Laudable In The Old South African Culture And In Its Army S Approach And Attitude, Is Fascinating Today Another great book from a very young Man sent off to a war not really talked about much Good photos Talks allot about training and the others in this Platoon Company A really like reading about conflict now, reminds me of what my Army time too.
Much like the author, I had forgotten many of the things that transpired on the boarder There is much that my mind refuses to dig up 40 years on The feelings on returning to civi street are right on the mark I never realised that others were experienced exactly what I did somehow this helps Many thanks for an excellent book.
Still busy reading the book Good so far.
Another great book from a very young Man sent off to a war not really talked about much Good photos Talks allot about training and the others in this Platoon Company A really like reading about conflict now, reminds me of what my Army time too.


Still busy reading the book Good so far.
Much like the author, I had forgotten many of the things that transpired on the boarder There is much that my mind refuses to dig up 40 years on The feelings on returning to civi street are right on the mark I never realised that others were experienced exactly what I did somehow this helps Many thanks for an excellent book.