A Military History of Modern South Africa, by Ian van der Waag

A Military History of Modern South Africa, by Ian van der Waag. Jonathan Ball Publishers. Cape Town, South Africa 2015. ISBN 9781868424184 / ISBN 978-1-86842-418-4

A Military History of Modern South Africa, by Ian van der Waag. Jonathan Ball Publishers. Cape Town, South Africa 2015. ISBN 9781868424184 / ISBN 978-1-86842-418-4

Ian van der Waag's A Military History of Modern South Africa is the first study of the South African armed forces as an institution and of the multilayered and complex roles that these forces played in the wars, rebellions, uprisings and protests of the period.

Ian van der Waag  

It deals in the first instance with the evolution of South African defence policy, the development and shaping of the armed forces and the people who served in these forces and commanded them. He has been aware throughout of Michael Howards call for width, depth and context, and has attempted to place the narrative within the broader national past. His approach is therefore at three levels. The first is at the defence policy level and deals with the politico-strategic landscape, the national threat assessment, strategy formulation and force design. The questions are ranging and by no means limited to the evolution of South African strategy, the interrelationship between policy, strategy and foreign affairs, the relationship between the civil and military authorities - particularly during wartime - inter-service competition and cooperation, and the relationship between South African policy and strategy and that of the country's allies, most notably Britain, during the period until 1961. Interestingly, the threat perceptions changed little over this period. [...]

Content: A Military History of Modern South Africa, by Ian van der Waag

List of maps
List of figures
List of tables
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter One: South Africa, 1899-1902: The Last Gentleman's War?
The geopolitical landscape and the rival strategies
Boer and Briton
The Boer offensive and the battles of the frontiers
The British invasion of the republics
The change in Boer strategy
The British counterinsurgency strategy: logistics, blockhouses, mobile columns, camps
Blockhouses
Drives: mobile columns and armoured trains
Boer tactics
Morale
Political warfare
The butcher's bill
Conclusion
Chapter Two: Integration and Union, 1902-1914
Empire, military organisation and the threat perception
Pacification of the highveld and creation of the Transvaal Volunteers
The politics of military integration: the forging of the Union Defence
Force
Conclusion
Chapter Three: The First World War, 1914-1918
The politics of participation
A bad beginning: gambits and crises
Military reform and the second invasion of South West Africa
Raising and dispatch of expeditionary forces
German East Africa, 1915-1918
The Middle East: Egypt and Palestine
France: mud and trenches
Conclusion
Chapter Four: The Inter-war Years, 1919-1939
Defence policy, strategic calculations and threat perception
Demobilisation, rationalisation and reorganisation
Technology, military innovation and organisational politics
Politics: domestic and Commonwealth
Revised threat perception and policy change
Political opposition and mobilisation
Conclusion
Chapter Five: The Second World War, 1939-1945
Politics, domestic and imperial
A house divided: subversion, propaganda and secret agents
The mobilisation of the Union Defence Force
Home waters: the expansion of an air force and the creation of a navy
Production and consumption
Military operations in Africa, June 1940 to November 1942
The 1943 election and the politics of reorganisation
Military operations in Europe, April 1944 to May 1945
Human impact of a total war: prisoners, partisans, pregnancies
Conclusion
Chapter Six: Change and Continuity: The Early Cold War, 1945-1966
Defence policy, threat perceptions and counterstrategies
Deployment: Berlin and Korea
Erasmus and the SADF: force design and military capability
The revitalisation of the SADF
Conclusion
Chapter Seven: Hot War in Southern Africa, 1959-1989
The changing strategic landscape and threat perception
PW Botha, 'total strategy', and the shaping of defence policy
The strategic and tactical conditions of the Angolan war
Internal security and a renewed armed struggle
External security, 1978-1984: cross-border raids, envelopments
Revolt in the townships
External security, 1984-1986
Incipient revolution, 1986-1989
Endgames
Chapter Eight: The South African National Defence Force, 1994 to circa 2000
Toward a post-apartheid defence policy
The transformation of the military: integration, rationalisation and demobilisation
Negotiations
The National Peacekeeping Force (NPKF): the first integration test 289 The politics of integration and transformation
Integration
Demobilisation
Rationalisation
New roles for the armed forces
Conclusion: (Dis)Continuities
Notes
Sources
Index
Introduction

This is an excerpt from the book A Military History of Modern South Africa, by Ian van der Waag.

Title: A Military History of Modern South Africa
Author: Ian van der Waag
Genre: Military History
Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishers
Cape Town, South Africa 2015
ISBN 9781868424184 / ISBN 978-1-86842-418-4
Softcover, 16 x 23 cm, 408 pages, numerous b/w photos and imgages

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