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The Resource Teenage safari : a South African conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia, Evan Davies, (electronic resource)

Teenage safari : a South African conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia, Evan Davies, (electronic resource)

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Teenage safari : a South African conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia
Title
Teenage safari
Title remainder
a South African conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia
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Evan Davies
Title variation
South African conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia
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eng
Summary
A wide-eyed South African conscript relates his small share of the war in Angola and Namibia in the 1980s. This is not the usual military history, written by a commander armed with facts, nor a researched story of a war or campaign. It is a personal experience. Being brutally honest it will resonate not only with readers of all things military but also with a wider literary audience, for its poetic prose and subtle sentiments, and for its entertaining narrative. It may thus be of interest not only to the South African men who were there, but to their women who were left behind, and to all men and women anywhere. It is a book by a non-warrior dumped into a war, which nevertheless provides vivid alternative firsthand accounts whose validity cannot simply be brushed aside by professional historians. Descriptive writing takes readers right into the colorful past, into action and into personal interactions. Notes made at the time preserve intimate details of what it was like to be a White South African during Apartheid, and the surprisingly humane culture within its small but effective White-led Army. Dialogue is remembered verbatim as is the unique jargon and profanity of the time, with English translations where Afrikaans is spoken. After a brief life background the narrative moves chronologically through two years of military training, deployment, combat and demobilization, with comments on the human effect of these experiences. The result is a compelling time capsule: the South African Defence Force ceased to exist in 1994 when South Africa began its nonracial democracy. Surprisingly, because it was a humane army it was a good one. This is not just a liberal attitude. It meant that when a thing needed doing, it was done conscientiously and thoroughly, with thought for secondary effects. It was a dangerous opponent to have, inflicting maximum casualties where this was necessary, but when the need passed, it switched easily to a humanitarian purpose. There was much lost that being unique (and laudable) in the Old South African culture and in its Army's approach and attitude, is fascinating today
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Midwest
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Davies, Evan
Dewey number
967.304/248092
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Davies, Evan
  • South Africa
  • SWAPO
  • Electronic books
  • Angola
  • Angola
  • Insurgency
  • Insurgency
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adult
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Teenage safari : a South African conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia, Evan Davies, (electronic resource)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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MWT12383834
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9781913118051
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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MWT12383834
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remote
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12383834
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Teenage safari : a South African conscript in the Border War in Angola and Namibia, Evan Davies, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
MWT12383834
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781913118051
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12383834
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12383834
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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