Africa @ War

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From now until November 29th, eight of Helion and Company’s Africa@War titles covering major battles such as Operation Dingo to the Battle for Cassinga are now available for only $3.99.

Available as print and digital editions, these great titles contain an accurate depiction of Africa’s military, political and social turmoil through the years. Don’t miss out on this great deal and download today!

Africa@War: Operation Dingo
Rhodesian Raid on Chimoio and Tembué 1977
Dr J.R.T. Wood

Startling in its innovation and daringly suicidal, Operation Dingo was not only the Fireforce concept writ large but the prototype for all the major Rhodesian airborne attacks on the external bases of Rhodesian African nationalist insurgents in the neighboring territories of Mozambique and Zambia until such operations ceased in late 1979.

Africa@War: France in Centrafique
From Bokassa and Operation Barracude to the Days of EUFOR
Peter Baxter

France in Centrafrique explores the pre- and post-colonial history of the Republic of Central Africa as well as giving the reader a taste of the country’s involvement in WWII itself. The main focus of this volume is on Central Africa’s independence and the rise to power of Jean Bedel Bokassa including the Focard network and Françafrique connections, France’s military links with RCA (defense agreements), the republic’s post independence military, its politics and Bokassa’s coup.

Africa@War: Selous Scouts
Rhodesian Counter-Insurgency Specialists
Peter Baxter

Formed in 1973 by the legendary Lieutenant-Colonel Ron Reid-Daly at the behest of Rhodesian military supremo General Peter Walls, the Selous Scouts were to write their name into the annals of military history as one of the finest counterinsurgency units of all time, through their innovative pseudo-guerrilla tactics, brilliant reconnaissance operations into Zambia and Botswana and daring flying-column raids into Mozambique.

Africa@War: Battle for Cassinga
South Africa’s Controversial Cross-Border Raid, Angola 1978
Mike McWilliams

Battle for Cassinga is written as a firsthand account by an ordinary South African paratrooper who was at the 1978 assault on the Angolan headquarters of PLAN, the armed wing of SWAPO. The book relates why the South African government took the political risk in attacking the fortress in an external operation and examines the SWAPO claims that Cassinga was a refugee camp guarded by a few PLAN soldiers.

Africa@War: Zambezi Valley Insurgency
Early Rhodesian Bush War Operations
Dr J.R.T. Wood

Across Africa in the post-1956 era, the aspirations of African nationalists to secure power were boosted and quickly realized by the British, French and Belgian hasty retreat from empire. The Portuguese, Southern Rhodesian and South African governments, however, stood firm and would be challenged by their African nationalists. Influenced by the Communist bloc, these nationalists adopted the ‘Armed Struggle’.

Africa@War: Congo Unravelled
Military Operations from Independence to the Mercenary Revolt 1960–68
Andrew Hudson

Post-independence events in the Republic of the Congo are a veritable Gordian knot. The ambitions of Congolese political leaders, Cold War rivalry, Pan-Africanism, and the strategic perceptions of other southern African states all conspired to wrack Africa’s second largest country with uprisings, rebellions and military interventions for almost a decade. Congo Unravelled solves the intractable complexity of this violent period by dispassionately outlining the sequence of political and military events that took place in the troubled country.

Africa@War: Mau Mau
The Kenyan Emergency 1952-60
Peter Baxter

This book journeys through the birth of British East Africa as a settled territory of the Empire, and the inevitable politics of confrontation that emerged from the unequal distribution of resources and power. It covers the emergence and growth of Mau Mau, and the strategies applied by the British to confront and nullify what was in reality a tactically inexpert, but nonetheless powerfully symbolic black expression of political violence. That Mau Mau set the tone for Kenyan independence somewhat blurred the clean line of victory and defeat.

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

South African Mirages and Cuban MiG-21s dogfighting over Cuito Cuanavale, the largest tank battle on African soil since El Alamein; Puma troopships shot out of the skies by Strela missiles and RPG-7 rockets; Alouette III gunships hovering menacingly above Koevoet tracker-combat teams as they close in for the kill; Hercules and Transall transports disgorging their loads of Parabats over Cassinga; suicidal helicopter hot extractions of Recce operators deep in enemy territory; and a lone Alouette pilot who disobeyed orders and under intense ground fire evacuated a critically wounded soldier … such is the story of the South African Air Force, the SAAF, over the 23-year period 1966-1989, the period of conflict that became known as the ‘Border War’.

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