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Acabou - Tim Green.  South African commercial pilot imprisoned in Mozambique. Covos Day Acabou - Tim Green.  (autobiography)
Imprisoned against his will and without trial for "attempting to destroy the Mozambican economy". A South African commercial pilot is on his last lap of a business trip, delivering communications equipment to Mozambique when he is captured. This book details his time (3 years) as the only white prisoner in a degenerate Mozambican prison , how his fellow inmates rallied around him and his wife's struggle, miles away, to have her husband freed. In one particular spine-chilling section of the book, Tim is marched out into the prison grounds at dawn to be executed...
Size - 222x252mm, 164 pages .
ISBN 1 919874 08 9.
African Airforces - Winston Brent.  A true reference book on military aircraft in Africa African Airforces - Winston Brent.  (aviation)
A comprehensive review of the Air Forces of Africa as at 1999, listing all known types of aircraft, including serial numbers, c/ns & fates. Each air force is briefly described. Regarded as the only true reference book on military aircraft in Africa.
Size - 297x210mm, 218 pages, 233 colour & 82 b/w photographs, map.
ISBN 0 958 38806 7
AT-6 Harvard - Dave Becker & Winston Brent.  The AT-6 Harvard has seen more than 55 years service with the SAAF South African Air Force AT-6 Harvard - Dave Becker & Winston Brent.  (aviation)
The Harvard has seen more than 55 years service with the SAAF. This publication is dedicated to the many pilots who owe their success today to having had their initial training on a Harvard. The authors have combined their resources to produce this book as a tribute.
Size - 285x204mm, 116 pages, 35 colour & 383 b/w photographs.
ISBN 0 958 38802 4
Canberra - In Southern African Service - M Hamence & W Brent. The Canberra served with distinction in the Rhodesian Air Force and is recorded by Michael Hamence. Winston Brent records its SAAF service, including its operational service over SWA/Namibia and Angola. Canberra - In Southern African Service - M Hamence & W Brent (aviation)
The authors have combined their efforts and brought out a tribute to the Canberra in southern africa service. The Canberra served with distinction in the Rhodesian Air Force and is recorded by Michael Hamence. Winston Brent records its SAAF service, including its operational service over SWA/Namibia and Angola. He lifts the lid on the South African "Nuclear Era" and speculates which aircraft would have carried the "A-bomb". He records the Canberra in an EW role and includes an aerial photograph of the Soviet "spy ship" Kapushka.
Size - 297x210mm, 96 pages, 26 colour & 65 b/w photographs.
IBSN 0 958 38804 0.
Chopper Pilot - Monster Wilkins.  Monster Wilkins, who is regarded as the SAAF’s top helicopter pilot, with over 6,000 hours, of which he has spent in excess of 4,000 hours on his favourite chopper the Alouette III. Chopper Pilot - Monster Wilkins (aviation)
The personal experiences and exploits of Monster Wilkins (still serving as a brigadier-general), who is regarded as the SAAF’s top helicopter pilot, with over 6,000 hours, of which he has spent in excess of 4,000 hours on his favourite chopper the Alouette III. He details his service in the various operational areas, such as Angola, SWA/Namibia, Rhodesia and Mozambique.
Size - 297x210mm, 154 pages, 39 colour & 192 b/w photographs.
IBSN 0 958 38807 5.
Eye in the Sky - A Brief History of the SA Police Air Wing - H Bosman Eye in the Sky - A Brief History of the SA Police Air Wing - Herman Bosman (aviation)
A Brief history of the SA Police Service Air Wing, recording the use of SAAF aircraft to assist the SAP from the early 1920's to the 1980's when SAP received their own aircraft and helicopters. He records for the first time the SAP involvement in Rhodesia and SWA/Namibia from 1966.
Size - 297x210mm, 148 pages, 42 colour & 184 b/w photographs.
IBSN 0 958 38805 9.
Fields of Air - James Byrom.  Aviation disasters amd mysteries, including the SAA Helderberg. Covos Day Fields of Air - James Byrom (aviation)
Man is both awed and terrified by the concept of flying. In this book James Byrom chronicles the disasters and mysteries surrounding many aviation calamities. As well as the numerous triumphs and heady days of early South African flight. The most sensational account is his investigation of the SAA Helderberg crash, just off the Mauritian coast, which is again a topic of great news value at the moment.
Size - 228x147mm, 316 pages, 7 maps & 73 b/w photos, 2nd Edition.
ISBN 0 620 21573 9.
Mercenary Commander - Col Jerry Puren as told to Brian Pottinger. Mercenary exploits in africa Mercenary Commander - Col Jerry Puren as told to Brian Pottinger (mercenaries/war)
On the 30 June 1960 the Congo became independent. Within five days the country had split into four squabbling parts. Tied with blood and history to the troubled country were the mercenaries, drawn from Britain, Rhodesia, France, Belgium and South Africa. They were le affreux - the frightful ones. This is their story and the story of those troubled and bloody times. It also tells of one of the most audacious and yet badly planned mercenary exploits in history; the abortive coup attempt in the Seychelles in 1981 that nearly claimed the last of Colonel Puren's nine lives. This is a true story of adventure, of politics, of love, of betrayal . . . and of death. It is Colonel Puren's amazing story . . . and it all happened.
Size - 242x168mm, 384 pages, 32pp b/w photographs.
ISBN 0 9470 2021 7.
Nine Days of War and South Africa's Final days in Namibia - Peter Stiff.  South Africans had demobilised the powerful SWA Territory Force, drastically reduced the strength of the SADF in Namibia and confined the rest to their bases. Meanwhile, more than 1 600 heavily armed SWAPO fighters were massing in Angola along the Namibian border. This tells how when they crossed into Namibia, the Koevoet counter-insurgency unit fought them to a standstill and defeated them.  Nine Days of War and South Africa's Final days in Namibia - Peter Stiff (bush war)
By 1st April 1989, in terms of the UN supervised peace deal, the South Africans had demobilised the powerful SWA Territory Force, drastically reduced the strength of the SADF in Namibia and confined the rest to their bases. Meanwhile, more than 1 600 heavily armed SWAPO fighters were massing in Angola along the Namibian border. This tells how when they crossed into Namibia, the Koevoet counter-insurgency unit fought them to a standstill and defeated them.
Size - 242x168mm, 304 pages, 35 b/w illustrations and 5 maps.
ISBN 0 620 14874 8
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Open cockpit over Africa - Victor Smith .  Open Cockpit over Africa - Victor Smith (aviation)

The intimate account by one of Africa’s pioneering aviators, of what it was like to fly open-cockpit, single-engined aircraft the length and breadth of primitive Africa in the 1930s. A breathtaking and thrilling saga of aerial trail-blazing from London to the Cape and back. It is also of the author’s experiences as Beaufighter pilot in the Balkan Air Force during World War II.
“...ranking with the best of Sir Francis Chichester’s three books on his air pioneering travels” – Hammond Innes
Size - 229x152mm, 196 pages, 58 b/w illustrations, maps, diagrams.
ISBN 0 798 50773 X
Parabat!- Mathew Paul.  Personal accounts of elite paratroopers "parabats" in combat situations in South Africa's history. Parabat!- Mathew Paul (bush war)
Personal accounts of paratroopers in combat situations in South Africa's history. In order to obtain a balanced and fair account, the author interviewed paratroopers of all races. It is also an account of how the exploits of the South African airborne family are seen by the men on the ground. The experiences have been recorded directly as were related to the author, with no changes or apologies- the swearing, the torture, the emotions, the turmoil, the killings and the humour. These are the accounts of the paratrooper family from the war in Angola in the 80s to the various township wars in the 90s, as well as South Africa's intervention in Lesotho in 1998. These are the accounts of personal bravery - some are horrific.
Size - 222x152mm, 450 pages, over 200 b/w & f/c photos, maps, diagrams.
ISBN 1 919874 11 9
Passion for Flight- Peter Bagshawe. Passion for Flight - Peter Bagshawe (aviation)
Passion For Flight is an account of the outstanding flying careers of some of the most brilliant aviators whose achievements have helped place South Africa among the top achievers in world aviation. The stories take one back to the early days when flights over Africa posed immense dangers - uncharted, hostile territory, primitive instruments and no radio, with unreliable weather forecasts. Then the stories of highly decorated pilots who were trained and fought in the RAF. "These stalwarts have many attributes in common during their years in the limelight. One of these was modesty."
Size - 180 pages, over 120 b/w photos, maps, diagrams.
ISBN 0 958 38808 3
Taming the Landmine - Peter Stiff.  The development of the landmine as a tactical weapon combined with the advances made in the design of mine protected vehicles in Rhodesia and later in South Africa. Galago Taming the Landmine - Peter Stiff (bush war)
The first book written on the development of the landmine as a tactical weapon combined with the advances made in the design of mine protected vehicles in Rhodesia and later in South Africa.
Size 330x245mm, 128 pages, over 300 illustrations.
IBSN 0 9470 2004 7
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The Many Houses of Exile - Richard Jürgens.  ANC exile. Covos Day The Many Houses of Exile - Richard Jürgens (autobiography)
A fascinating autobiographical account of the author's experiences as an ANC exile. From his conscription into the South African army, to ANC recruitment whilst studying philosophy at Wits University-to life in the ANC camps in Zambia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe - and finally to 8 years exile in Holland. Richard Jürgens is the new voice of South African literature.
Size 122x152mm, 506 pages.
ISBN 0 620 25440 8
The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994 - Peter Stiff.  South African military operations in southern africa.  Galago The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994 - Peter Stiff (military history)
It is the ultimate book on South African military operations during the apartheid years. It includes the Recces manning and staffing Rhodesia’s ‘D’ Squadron SAS, and, after the fall of Rhodesia, how the Rhodesian SAS and Selous Scouts were re-formed as Recce units in South Africa. This amazing book tells not only the story of South Africa’s special elite forces, it has also been described as the most important and frank history of South Africa itself during the apartheid years. It is also the most illuminating book on special forces published anywhere. Not only does Stiff deal with military operations but he also explains the political dynamics that prompted them.
Size - 242x168mm, 608 pages, 24 pp b/w and colour illustrations.
ISBN 0 620 24300 7 - hardcover
ISBN 1 919854 04 5 - softcover
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Tommy Goes Home - Peter Stiff.  Galago Tommy Goes Home - Peter Stiff
Take Manfred Forster, a tough German who as a child fought in the Battle for Berlin, was brought up in communist East Germany and escaped only hours before movement was stopped by the building of the Berlin wall. Take his wife Karen, their teenage sons, Frank and Uwe and their 8-year-old daughter Gabriella. Toss them with dogs, parrots, assorted livestock and Tommy, a half grown lion bought from a German lion park, into an old Land-Rover and a beaten up Volksie and send them overland from West Germany, through Spain and Portugal, to Angola by ship and then by land through Angola just as Portugal erupts into military and civil unrest and Angola is being ripped apart by tribal and Marxist private armies scrambling for the spoils of their late colonial masters. What were the Forsters doing there? They were there to set Tommy free in Africa. This is the essence of Peter Stiff's amazing book and it is all true.
Size - 242x168mm, 232 pages, 3 colour pics, 16 pp b/w sketches photographs.
ISBN 0 7974 0279 9
Vlamgat - Brigadier Dick Lord.  Stories and experiences of SAAF South African Airforce Mirage pilots who operated in the Angolan and the SWA/Namibian bush wars.  Covos Day Vlamgat - Brigadier Dick Lord
The sequel to Fire, Flood and Ice, this is an outstanding compilation of stories and experiences of South African Airforce Mirage pilots who operated in the Angolan and the SWA/Namibian bush wars. The author, an British Fleet Air Arm pilot who had served on most of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers and an USAAF ex-Top Gun instructor for several years, was at one time the CO of 1 Squadron (Mirages), the SAAF. A thrilling account told "from the cockpit". Vlamgat is the Afrikaans term for endearment for the SA jet-fighter pilots. Literally translated as "flaming hole", it aptly describes the panache, skill and daring of the Mirage pilots who were the vanguard of South Africa's air effort in the last days of the Cold War. Their actions against the Russian MiG's over the skies of Angola are now legendary
Size - 228x155mm, 380 pages, 55 colour pics, 169 b/w photographs.
ISBN 0 620 24116 0
Warfare by Other Means: South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s - Peter Stiff.  Galago Warfare by Other Means: South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s - Peter Stiff  (military history)
This explosive book explores the methods of highly unconventional warfare conducted by South Africa’s secret intelligence and covert warfare units, always highly deniable and one step away from the official war machine during the final years of apartheid. It is mostly compiled from first hand of operators who took part. Second book in a trilogy on South Africa’s secret warfare, the first being The Silent War: South African Recce operations 1969 - 1994.
Size - 648pp; size 242 X 168-mm; b/w and colour illustrations.
ISBN 1-919854-01-0
We Fear Naught but God - Paul Els.  The story of the South African Special Forces "The Recces" - masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Covos Day We Fear Naught but God - Paul Els
The story of the elite South African Special Forces ("the Recces") from inception in the 1960s to disbandment in 1993. A unique account of one of South Africa's premier units, masters in the art of reconnaissance and clandestine warfare. Pro rata, the most highly decorated unit during the wars in Angola and Namibia / SWA. This is no gung-ho account, but rather a loving compiled series of accounts put together by the author who was there at the inception of this fine regiment. This is about the "operators", the men of the Recces, their exploits in Angola, SWA/Namibia and other southern africa territories. Includes a free copy of Lourens Fourie's music CD "The Recces".
Size - 222x152mm, 328 pages, 252 b/w photographs.
ISBN 0 620 23891 7

 

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