32 BATTALION: The Inside Story of South Africa’s Elite Fighting Unit


32 Battalion is the gripping inside story of South Africa’s most controversial fighting unit of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Originally formed in order to lend support to the FNLA and UNITA in the Angolan war, 32 Battalion quickly gained the reputation of being an unconventional, secretive, yet highly effective group.

Written by a man who was intimately involved with the unit and served as its Regimental Sergeant Major for two years, the book aims to explode the myths surrounding the legendary 32 and set the record straight. It records how and why 32 Battalion was formed, explores its unique identity forged by the men who fought in it, details the many operations in which they participated, and concludes with its eventual disbandment at the dawn of a new South Africa. What they did, and how they did it, would earn this controversial group official recognition as the best fighting unit in the South African Army since World War II. This book’s unembellished, factual reporting will fill a big gap in the highly popular military genre.

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32 BATTALION: The Inside Story of South Africa’s Elite Fighting Unit

Book has 35mm closed tear on rear cover; slightly scuffed on lower edges and less so on top edge. 315 pp incl Glossary, Index, List of Weaponry, Unit Songs, Roll of Honour. 41 maps and b&w illustrations; 6 pp b&w photos; 10 pp colour photog plates.
Bookseller Inventory #: 12903
Format/binding: Soft Card Cover.
Book condition: Used – Very Good in Plastic
Jacket condition: nONE
Quantity available: 1
Edition: 5th Reprint.
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Zebra,
Place: Cape Town.
Date published: 2008
Keywords: Angola, Grensoorlog, Op Tiro Tiro , Savate, Fapla, Jan Breytenbach: FAPLA suffered heavy casualties
Bookseller catalogs: Bush Wars;
Size: 229x22p87mm