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By Mike McWilliams

Conflict for Cassinga is written as a firsthand account by means of a normal South African paratrooper who was once on the 1978 attack at the Angolan headquarters of PLAN, the armed wing of SWAPO. The ebook relates why the South African executive took the political probability in attacking the castle in an exterior operation and examines the SWAPO claims that Cassinga used to be a refugee camp guarded by way of a couple of PLAN squaddies. It additionally explains why Sam Nujoma the SWAPO chief had no alternative yet to perpetuate this falsehood. The conflict, even supposing a convincing good fortune, suffered a few setbacks that may were disastrous to the South African paratroopers had they no longer maintained the initiative. The improvisations made via the commander Col Jan Breytenbach ensured incorrect bounce and negative intelligence didn't adversely impact the end result. The unexpected Soviet-made anti-aircraft weapons used opposed to either plane and floor troops threatened to derail the assault. An visual appeal of a giant column of armor manned via Cubans from the within reach city of Techamutete, while part the South African strength had already left the battleground, positioned the remainder calmly armed paratroopers in mortal probability. The landmines laid by way of the South Africans, including the courageous activities of the South African Air strength pilots stored the day, permitting the remainder forces to withdraw appropriately. conflict for Cassinga seems to be in any respect the avid gamers in a severe gentle. SWAPO and PLAN, the SADF and the commanders from either side, Dimo Amaambo of PLAN and Jan Breytenbach of the SADF in addition to the courageous squaddies from either side who fought for his or her political ideologies yet maybe, extra importantly, for his or her personal band of brothers.


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