In the seventies, eighties and nineties, conscription had a profound effect on hundreds of thousands of young men, particularly those who had to serve in the Angolan war. This title is a collection of reflections and memories of that time, collected by JH Thompson, who interviewed men who did National Service. Contributors include ordinary soldiers, Special Forces members, helicopter pilots, chefs and religious objectors. The title captures the spirit and atmosphere, the daily duties, the boredom, fear and other intense experiences of an SADF soldier.
An amazing series of recollections from ordinary South Africans that served in the military under the Apartheid government's compulsory conscription system. The book is a collection of stories and experiences as told by a group of ex-servicemen from a range of backgrounds, perceptions and experiences. The author has related the stories exactly as they were told. The stories really open up one's eyes to what military service meant to the thousands of white South Africans forced to serve in the military, and is highly recommended reading for anyone who was conscripted, or family or friends of those who were. You won't be able to put it down once you start reading.
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