Book Reviews

Book review: Victory among people

To mangle Clausewitz somewhat, the theory of war is simple, but the practice can be very hard. This also applies to counterinsurgency,...

Book review: Erich von Manstein – Hitler’s Master Strategist

Many consider German Field Marshal Erich von Manstein (born von Lewinski) the greatest operational genius, if not the best strategist, of World...

Book review: Anderkant Cuito

As far as I can determine, there is not yet an English translation of Anderkant Cuito – 'n Reisverhaal van die Grensoorlog....

Book review: Counter-strike from the sky

The Rhodesian security forces could muster some 1500 troops on any given day during the 1966-1980 "Bush War", confronting them with an...

Book review: The search for Puma 164

There seems to be no end of excellent titles from the 30 degrees South publishing stable, and The search for Puma...

Book Review: Shadows in the Sand

"In 2010 I heard that someone was willing to write our story. I knew I had the ability to write down my...

Book Review: Come back to Portofino

"The general public could not comprehend what their boys had gone through or how the war had changed them," writes author James...

Book review: The utility of force

General Rupert Smith published his "The Utility of Force – The Art of War in the Modern World" to well-deserved acclaim some...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Book review: The Hall Handbook of the Anglo Boer War

Major Darrell Hall was a well-known expert on the South African War and his "The Hall Handbook of the Anglo Boer War"...

Book Review: American Guerilla

"American Guerilla" is a fresh look at an anti-Japanese US-led insurgency on Luzon in the Philippines during World War Two and the...

Book review: Weapons of War

"Weapons of War" is a highly under-rated book, as coffee table-style books tend to be. "Weapons of War" was one of my...

Book review: People’s War

Anthea Jeffery's "People's War – New light on the struggle for South Africa" was published into a storm of controversy in 2009...

Book review: Strangling the Confederacy

"Strangling the Confederacy" is a dry, witty and ultimately educational account of Union coastal operations against the Confederate States during the American...

Book review: Three Frigates

Three Frigates is a cautionary tale about a country that acquired a modern Navy for political reasons and a defence force too...

Book review: To the Bitter End

The trouble with the Russo-German War of 1941-1945, commonly called the "Eastern Front" of World War Two, is language, propaganda and secrecy....

Book Review: Tale Gunner

Attention! Eyes Right! Stand at Ease! Sergeant Major AJ Brooks has some memories for you! That is is you are male,aged between...

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