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Willem Steenkamp has been a journalist, soldier, writer of fact and fiction, military tattoo producer and specialist tour guide. A military reservist, he was called up for military service on various occasions from 1976 onwards and took part in four external operations, including an attachment to 61 Mech on its first real test of strength: 1980's 'Operation Sceptic'. After the end of the border conflict in 1989, he served on a presidential advisory council and as a security advisor during the 1994 election, as well as helping to write the seminal 1996 Defence Review. Subsequently, he was a consultant to the SA National Defence Force and Ministry of Defence on several occasions. He is the author of 18 factual books and novels, co-writer of a stage play and two television scripts, and has won three literary prizes.
Whilst the rest of the world struggles to come to terms with the modern warfare against the terrorism of Isis, the South African army takes centre stage in this remarkable book by Willem Steenkamp. Not everything that occurs in military terms is in the northern hemisphere. One for military historians, and brilliantly written. * Books Monthly * The tale of the South African experiences, from the Gazala Gallops, Operation Crusader, Tobruk and Alamein is a vivid account of formation (i.e. medium) reconnaissance...I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in reconnaissance or armoured warfare and am looking forward to Part 2. * Army Rumour Service *