An Unpopular War: - Voices of South African National ServicemenJH Thompson
In the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, hundreds of thousands of young men were called up for military service, most of them going through extreme physical training and many being sent to fight the war in northern Namibia and Angola.
This book is a collection of reflections and memories of that time, collected by JH Thompson, who interviewed numerous former National Servicemen.Contributors include ordinary soldiers and Special Forces members, chefs, medics and helicopter pilots. They provide varying perspectives on the intake process, training, inspection, gyppoing, Border patrols, covert operations and combat, as well as readjusting to life in civvy street.
This book is a compelling read that captures the spirit and atmosphere, the daily routine, the boredom, fear, camaraderie and other intense experiences of an SADF soldier. For everyone who did military service, as well as their family and friends, this book is a must.
Over 60 000 copies of this genre-creating non-fiction book have been sold and it is an ideal book for those wanting an insight into what it was like to be in the South African Defence Force during a difficult and to some, an unpopular, time in South Africa's past.