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SAAF’s Border War: The South African Air Force in Combat 1966-89

SAAF's Border War Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2013 Title SAAF's Border War
Author Peter Baxter Publisher Helion
Published 2013 ISBN 9781908916235
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.

Rabidly recommended!

My sincere thanks to Casemate Publishing for this review sample!