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THE BLACK BERET: THE HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA'S ARMOURED FORCES VOLUME 1 - BEGINNINGS TO THE INVASION OF MADAGASCAR 1942

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Helion & Company July 2016 Hardback 234mm x 156mm 368 pages c 150 b/w photos, maps

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Volume 1 of "The Black Beret" starts with the early history of South Africa and ends with the invasion of Madagascar by the South African Forces during WWII. This volume covers topics such as how armour came to the battlefield, the use of horses vs armoured car in German South West Africa in 1915, the first steps to mechanisation, the birth of the Tank Corps, and the deployment into East Africa through Abyssinia to Addis Abba during the early years of WWII. We next experience the reverses and victories of the desert campaign with the 4th Armoured Car Company amongst others, fighting alongside the Desert Rats, Operation Crusader, the disaster at Tobruk, through the Gazala gallop and on to the victory at El Alamein. We meet the newly reconstituded SA Armoured Corps training at Khatadba in Egypt for deployment in the Italian campaign with the famous South African 6th Armoured Diivision, and we ride with the armour element that takes part in the invasion of Madagascar. The development of the various marks of South African armoured reconnaisance cars are touched upon but will be discussed in more detail in a later volume. This is an important and overlooked story, one told by Willem Steenkamp in a rich and unique style, and drawing on a significant number of sources, ably supported by many photographs and maps.

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Author Steenkamp, W.
Publisher Helion & Company
ISBN 9781910294680
Date of Publication July 2016
Edition No
Binding Hardback
Book Size 234mm x 156mm
Number of pages 368 pages
Images c 150 b/w photos, maps
Language English text
SKU HEL0567

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