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For an entire generation of white South African men, this was code for the undeclared war in Angola and South West Africa (now Namibia) that began with a few skirmishes in the late 1960s and ended, twenty years later, with the most intense and extended conventional battles ever fought in sub-Saharan Africa.
Of the more than 600,000 men called up by the South African Defence Force between 1968 and 1990, over half served in the operational area. Much of what they did remained secret, the full story untold. With On the Border, David Williams himself a conscript and member of the Citizen Force for ten years begins to remedy this. He captures the complexities of an era which is recalled with bitterness or nostalgia, often both, but which few who lived through can ever forget. Packed with new information based on research and interviews, and with first person accounts enlivening the narrative, this book provides much needed context and analysis to a war that still stirs up emotions.
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