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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Art of War

Sun Tzu's “The Art of War” is arguably one of two great books written on the topic, the other being Major General Carl von Clausewitz's On War. Others might include “The Book of Five Rings” by the samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi.

Book Review: On War

“On War”, “Vom Kriege” in the original German, is regarded by many as the pre-eminent work on the philosophy of war. Written by Prussian Major General of Artillery Carl von Clausewitz after the Napoleonic wars in which he had fought with and against the Frenchman, it was still unfinished at the time of his death in 1831. His widow, Marie, took from the manuscript and published it the next year.

Book review: Uncle George

The late Carel Birkby was a fine writer and “Uncle George” illustrates well his fine eye and finer humour. Brigadier, then Major General George Brink commanded 1 SA Division in East Africa and later in the Libyan desert. His command was however cut short by a back injury.

Book Review: Official History of the SANF during WW2

South Africa entered World War Two with no navy. Some naval trained personnel, yes; but ships, no. From three officers and three ratings in September 1939, the South African Naval Service, then the Seaward Defence Force (SDF) and finally the South African Naval Forces expanded rapidly, and by late 1945, when demobilisation began, some 9455 men had served South Africa at sea on some 78 ships, mostly trawlers and whalers taken up from trade but including three newly-built Loch-class frigates.

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