SAAF's Border War Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2013||Title||SAAF's Border War|
|Format||72 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$29.95|
Mirages and MiGs duel in sun-scorched skies of a Cold War flashpoint.
The Middle East, between Israel and Syria? Nope. Africa, between South Africa and Angola.
That's the spellbinding story of SAAF's Border War from Helion – and part of the publisher's intriguing, informative "Africa@War" series.
Subtitled "The South African Air Force in Combat 1966-89" and available in North America from Casemate, text traverses the total tale in just 72 action-packed pages.
After a helpful glossary, historical background and prefatory SAAF notes, nine subsequent sections summarize key battles and operations during anti-insurgent campaigns in Angola and South-West Africa. A concluding chapter recaps "Peace, disengagement and independence" of the latter – now Namibia.
Modelers will enjoy this enormously enlightening effort. Dozens of color and B&W photos, 24 color profiles with 10 plan views and camouflage notes season Peter Baxter's solid study. Maps and schematics offer additional illuminating insights. And the personal account of a "Maot Officer During Operation Askari", acknowledgments and author biography conclude Helion's absorbing, annotated account.
I thoroughly enjoyed this terrific tome. It's wonderfully researched. It's abundantly illustrated. And it's a superb supplement to any library of Cold War history and African insurgencies.
My sincere thanks to Casemate Publishing for this review sample!