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At the front. A general’s account of South Africa’s border war

At the front. A general’s account of South Africa’s border war

At the Front covers the years before and during the protracted border war and is the account of General Jannie Geldenhuys.

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Book title: At the front
Sub title: A general’s account of South Africa’ border war
Author: Jannie Geldenhuys
Publisher: Jonathan Ball
Cape Town, South Africa 2009
ISBN 978-1-86842-331-6
Softcover, 15x23 cm, 288 pages, several b/w photos


At the Front is General Jannie Geldenhuys' story of war and peace in southern Africa. It is the story of a soldier, a strategist, a diplomat and a sportsman. It takes us through negotiations, threats, and the war in South West Africa and Angola. Geldenhuys introduces us to international politicians, ordinary soldiers, friends and foes, and traces the roles they played in the war and also in times of tentative peace.

The author shares his first-hand experiences of important operations and explodes the myth of Cuito Cuanavale by providing facts and figures about the loss of life and equipment on both sides. He also reveals the surprising facts about the costs and other implications of the war for southern Africa, making Geldenhuys' story both of military and historical importance. This book is far more than a general's account of a war.

Geldenhuys' years of experience make it possible for him to provide insights into developments inside present-day South Africa. At the Front presents a world where one meets friction de guerre and discovers the strange intertwined nature of war and peace, success and failure, good and bad luck, chance and fate, winning and losing. General Jannie Geldenhuys tells a compelling story that radiates graciousness, compassion and an indomitable sense of humour.

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