415pp incl sources and thanks. Clean and well bound with no inscriptions, annotations or markings. Pages yellowing throughout. 32 Plates of photographs in b+w and colour. Line drawings and 21 maps in b+w.

South African Battles describes 36 battles spread over five centuries. These are not the well trodden battlefields of standard histories, but generally lesser known ones. Some were of critical importance, while some were infinitely curious. Who, for instance, has heard of the battles of Nakob, Middelpos, Mome Gorge or Mushroom Valley? Who knows about the four black women that Bartolomeu Dias brought with him on the pioneering voyage of exploration. Who knows that there was a significant battle in what is now the Kruger National Park in 1725? Who knows about the military episode where not a shot was fired but which brought South Africa into the Great War? Who knows that Germany once invaded South Africa? Written in a light, humorous and personal style, each chapter is self contained, like a short story. They can be read one a night, and mulled over the next day with the promise of further enjoyment to come. South African Battles is an ideal bedside book, as well as an engaging travel companion.  But there is also a twist in the tale at the end Caveat lector, caveat lectrix!

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Authored by Tim Couzens and published by Jonathan Ball of Cape Town in 2013. A First Edition copy in Very Good condition, covered in adhesive plastic and without a dust jacket. The size of the book is 233x153x33mm.