Days of the Generals

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Zebra, 2001 - History - 242 pages
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Days of the Generals is based on interviews with the former Generals of the South African Defence Force: Magnus Malan, Constand Viljoen, Jannie Geldenhuys, George Meiring, Hein Du Toit and Chris Thirion. For the first time, they have opened up and told their side of the story about events in southern Africa from the 1970s to the present. Theirs is an explosive story, giving behind-the-scenes information about covert operations, secret meetings, strategic alliances and full-scale war. The title looks in detail at South Africa's involvement in Angola, Namibia and Mozambique. It examines the armed struggle of the ANC and the state's war weapons, South Africa's nuclear programme and other top secret issues. This is essential reading for anyone interested in southern African politics and military history.
  

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Contents

The Road to Luanda
1
Operation Savannah
21
The Rise of the Securocrats
47
The Fight for Namibia
63
Pretoria vs Moscow Cuito Cuanavale
81
Mozambique
103
Total Onslaught
123
Dirty Tricks
139
The Night of the Generals
177
A General Fights Back
195
The Night of the Generals
209
A New South African National Defence Force
225
Glossary
233
Select Bibliography
235
Index
237
Copyright

Armaments and Arsenals
161

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About the author (2001)

Hilton Hamann entered the South African Defence Force as a conscript in 1975, and was stationed in Angola. He subsequently became the Sunday Times's military correspondent and wrote for a number of well-known international magazines and newspapers, such as Soldier of Fortune. In this role he travelled extensively with the SADF, accompanying them into many battles. He currently runs a news syndication company.

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