Nineteen With a Bullet: A South African Paratrooper in Angola
ISBN/ASIN: 1920143319,9781920143312 | 2009 | English | mobi | 352/0 pages | 4.56 Mb
Publisher: 30 Degrees South | Author: Granger Korff
Nineteen with a Bullet – A Paratrooper in Angola is a fast-moving, action-packed account of Granger Korff's two years' service during 1980-81 with the elite 1 Parachute Battalion at the height of the South African 'bush war' in South West Africa (Namibia) and Angola. Apart from the normal counter-insurgency activities of Fireforce operations, ambushing and patrols, to contact and destroy SWAPO guerrillas, he was involved in several massive South African Defence Force (SADF) conventional cross-border operations, such as Protea, Daisy and Carnation, into Angola to take on FAPLA (Angolan MPLA troops) and their Cuban and Soviet allies.
Korff s military 'career' is marred with controversy. He is always in trouble – going AWOL on the eve of battle; into battle; facing a court martial for beating up, and reducing to tears, a sergeant-major in front of the troops; fist-fighting with Drug Squad agents; arrested at gunpoint after the grueling seven-week, 700km Recce selection endurance march – are but some of the colorful anecdotes that lace this account of service in the SADF. Korff's writing is 'frontline' – punchy, brutal, self-deprecating and at times humorous – but always honest, providing the reader with what it was like to be one of apartheid's 'grunt' soldiers.