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Replying to: The Terrible Ones by Piet Nortje

Taken from the review done by Martin Rhodes of Business Day Live.

Picking up the first volume of The Terrible Ones was a bit daunting — I had to adjust to the fine print and the weight of the book in my hands. I thought I was in for a long and tedious read, but I flew through the prologue and acknowledgements, sections I usually just scan, but not on this occasion.

With these two volumes covering the history of 32 Battalion, from its inception in 1975 until it was disbanded in 2005 — when the soldiers of 32 Battalion unwittingly betrayed themselves — one gets an immense amount of insight into a unit that struck fear into its enemy, as the author unveils facts, and facts behind the facts, that led up to the Angolan civil war, putting the necessity of the unit into perspective.

Nortje has managed to turn an epic work on a unique South African military fighting unit into a work of art. These books read like a novel, despite including testaments from people living in Angola at the start of the Angolan civil war.

The books are an essential addition to any collector of South African military history.

Click here to read the full review.

About the book:

Two hardcover volumes, contained in a slip case. 1320 pages. 80 maps. 600 photographs. A must for collectors!

A comprehensive two-volume work covers in detail the unit’s 117 documented military operations from 1976 to 1993. Nortje explains how the operations were planned and executed, what went wrong, what went right, and what the outcomes were. It also goes back to the early 1960s, covering events in Angola that would eventually result in the formation of 32 Battalion, and it ends in 2005, when the soldiers of the unit unknowingly betrayed themselves.

Click here for more information on The Terrible Ones.

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