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A military history of modern South Africa

Author: I J Van der Waag
Publisher: Philadelphia : Casemate, 2018.
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A century of South African military history in a single volume, the first of its kind. Includes the Second Anglo-Boer War, the two world wars, and also the South African Border War.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Military history
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Van der Waag, I.J.
Military history of modern South Africa.
Philadelphia : Casemate, 2018
(OCoLC)1004717405
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: I J Van der Waag
ISBN: 9781612005836 1612005837
OCLC Number: 1035213371
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Book Title; Dedication; Copyright; Contents; 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, 1902-1914Empire, 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, 1919-1939Defence 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; Plate section; 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 navyProduction 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, 1959-1989The 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.
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