19 With A Bullet: A South African Paratrooper In Angola

19 With A Bullet: A South African Paratrooper In Angola

  • Publish Date: 2009-04-01
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Granger Korff
Brand: 30 Degrees South Publishers
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A fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korffs two years service during 1980/81 with 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African bush war in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola. Apart from the standard counterinsurgency activities of Fireforce operations, ambushing and patrols, to contact and destroy SWAPO guerrillas, he was involved in several massive South African Defence Force (SADF) conventional cross-border operations, such as Protea, Daisy and Carnation, into Angola to take on FAPLA (Angolan MPLA troops) and their Cuban and Soviet allies. Having grown up as an East Rand rebel street-fighter, Korffs military career is marred with controversy. He is always in troublegoing AWOL on the eve of battle in order to get to the front; facing a court martial for beating up, and reducing to tears, a sergeant-major in front of the troops; fist-fighting with Drug Squad agents; arrested at gunpoint after the grueling seven-week, 700km Recce selection endurance marchare but some of the colorful anecdotes that lace this account of service in the SADF.

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