9781472817433

South African Armour of the Border War 197589

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  • ISBN13:

    9781472817433

  • ISBN10:

    1472817435

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/21/2017
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
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Summary

The Border War saw the biggest armored battles in Africa since World War II. Starting as a counterinsurgency operation by the South African Defence Force (SADF) against the South West Africa People's Organization, South Africa became embroiled in the complex Angolan Civil War, where they came up against enemies well supplied with equipment and armored vehicles from the Soviet Union.

With the aid of stunning illustrations and photographs, this study details the characteristics, capabilities, and performance of the wide variety of armored vehicles deployed by the SADF, from the Eland armored car to the Ratel infantry fighting vehicle and the Olifant tank. Designed for the unique conditions of the region, South Africa's armor was distinctive and innovative, and has influenced the design of counterinsurgency armored vehicles around the world.

Much demanded by Osprey readers, and written by two renowned experts on armored vehicles, this will appeal to all those interested in modern armor and the Cold War proxy wars.

Author Biography

Based in Johannesburg, Kyle Harmse has long been interested in armored vehicle design and the proxy wars of the Cold War.

Simon Dunstan is an author, film-maker and photographer in the field of military history. He specializes in armored warfare, and has written on this subject for two decades. Simon lives and works in London.

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