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Koevoet!

By Hooper, Jim

(Johannesburg: Southern, 1988) 1868121674. 8vo; original grey boards, lettered in white on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 236; numerous photographs in colour and monochrome. Dustwrapper edgeworn and a little rubbed; bottom fore-corners of boards damp-stained and eroded; occasional light foxing. Reading copy. "Koevoet! is an intense and unique account of the little-understood Southern African bushwar, written by American Jim Hooper. He is the first journalist ever to have been granted unrestricted access to the controversial and predominantly black South West African Police Counterinsurgency Unit - the notorious Koevoet. The four months Hooper spent on operations with Koevoet coincided with one of the most determined and bloody infiltrations by SWAPO into SWA/Namibia in recent years. This moving and horrifying account of the vicious semi-secret bushwar brings a deeply personal insight into an exceptional unit and their operations, never before observed by an outsider." .

$13.23

Prince Alfred's Guard 1856-1966

By Orpen, Neil

(Port Elizabeth and Cape Town: Prince Alfred's Guard in conjunction with Books of Africa, 1967). Number 1080 of an edition limited to 1500 copies. 8vo; original blue boards, with gilt regimental badge on upper cover, and spine lettered in gilt; pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. (x) + 346, incl. index; full colour frontis.; plates, incl. full colour and folding; maps; line drawings and battle plans in text. Gift inscription tipped in on front free endpaper verso; merest trace of foxing to endpapers and edges. Very good condition, in a near-fine dustwrapper. Evocative Penny Miller illustrations, in addition to the photographs. "In the military sphere, South Africa is probably unique in having been able to rely for more than a century on standing Volunteer units for active service not only in local emergency but also in the major operations of two World Wars. Prince Alfred's Guard has occupied an honoured place in the forefront of these units since its inception as the Port Elizabeth Rifle Corps on 19 September 1856, and can make the proud boast of having been among the first such Volunteer Corps ever to go into action against an enemy in battle, at Umzintzani on 2 December 1877. Since that memorable day, the regiment has seen much action and added great lustre to its reputation as an outstanding unit, of which Port Elizabeth can be justly proud. The history of the regiment and the development of Port Elizabeth have been inextricably linked for the last 111 years, and this chronicle of Prince Alfred's Guard embodies more than a little of the story of South Africa's 1820 Settler city." .

$46.32

John Brown's Body

By Benét, Stephen Vincent

(New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1928). 8vo; original black cloth; no dustwrapper; pp. (viii) + 377. Backstrip sunned, and frayed at head and tail; some wear to extremities; binding slack; ex-library copy, with bookplate to front pastedown and code to title page; inscriptions to front free endpaper and its verso; some pencilled annotations. Fair condition. Long poem on experiences in the American Civil War. .

$6.62

South African Orders, Decorations and Medals

By Alexander, E.G.M., with G.K.B. Barron and A.J. Bateman

(Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 1986) 0798118954. 4to; original brown boards, lettered in white on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 160, incl. index; numerous illustrations of awards and their recipients, incl. some in full colour. Dustwrapper slightly browned to flaps and reverse side. Very good condition. "South African Orders, Decorations and Medals was written by authors representing the SA Army, Air Force and Navy, each an authority in his field, and is the standard reference on the subject of South Africa's many prestigious military and civil awards. ... After a general historical overview and an explanation of the composition and manner of wearing of honours and awards, all current South African awards are described and illustrated in full colour." .

$39.70

Those Restless Years (Dealing with the Boer Wars and Bambata Rebellion)

By Smail, J. L.

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1971). Small 4to; original red rexine, lettered in gilt on spine; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. 180, incl. index; numerous illustrations, maps. A little foxing. Very good condition. Excellent guide to the battlefields of both Anglo-Boer Wars and those of the Bambatha Uprising of 1906. .

$13.23

Victorian Colonial Warfare - Africa

By Featherstone, Donald

(no place: Bok Books International, 1992) 0304341746. 4to; original burgundy boards, lettered in gilt on spine; price-clipped laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 160, incl. index; profusely illustrated with contemporary artwork and maps. Some foxing to endpapers. Very good condition. "The 'small war' was a particularly Victorian concern. Its course was followed with avid interest by the general public. Every setback and victory, every act of courage and cowardice was recorded and illustrated in the pages of the popular press. Nowhere was this more true than of Africa ... " .

$7.94

Marching Over Africa. Letters from Victorian Soldiers
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Marching Over Africa. Letters from Victorian Soldiers

By Emery, Frank

(London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1986) 0340382910. 8vo; original dark brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. 204, incl. index; maps; some contemporary illustrations. Dustwrapper a little sunned on spine panel; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. "From all quarters there survive hundreds of letters written by the officers and men who took part in African wars between 1868 and 1898. They form the raw material with which Frank Emery has fashioned this book. He has tracked down many of them previously unpublished except in the pages of contemporary newspapers, lent by the relatives of men who wrote home. Their style and vividness make splendid reading: 'It looked as if all Africa was coming at us', writes a sergeant from Omdurman in 1898." .

$6.62

Twentieth-Century Warriors. The Development of the Armed Forces of the Major Military Nations in the Twentieth Century
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Twentieth-Century Warriors. The Development of the Armed Forces of the Major Military Nations in the Twentieth Century

By Carver, Field Marshall Lord

(London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987) 0297791605. 8vo; original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 468, incl. index; maps. Regular light browning. Near fine condition. "In this masterly survey, Lord Carver reveals how unprepared the military machines often were for the actual conflicts which they were faced with on land, at sea or in the air." .

$8.60

The Anglo-Boer Wars 1815-1902

By Barthorp, Michael

(Durban: Bok Books in collaboration with Blandford Press, 1987) 0947027564. 4to; original red boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial wrappers, housed in removable protector; endpaper map; pp. 176, incl. index; profusely illustrated. Dustwrapper a little sunned on spine panel; trace of spotting to top edge. Very good condition. "This book is the fourth in a series of illustrated narrative histories of the British Army's colonial campaigns in the last century. It seeks to outline, within the confines of one volume, Britain's attempts to deprive the Afrikaners of the independence they had striven for since the seventeenth century, not only during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 but also in the earlier clashes between Briton and Boer since Britain acquired the Cape of Good Hope in the Napoleonic War." .

$8.60

Light Horse Cavalcade. The Imperial Light Horse 1899-1961

By Klein, Harry

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1969). 4to; original red rexine, lettered in gilt on spine, with gilt regimental emblem and lettering to upper cover; pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 200, incl. index; profusely illustrated. Very good dustwrapper, partially sunned; endpapers, edges and endpapers somewhat foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good to very good condition. "Light Horse Cavalcade carries the reader through every campaign of South African military history from 1899 onwards - the Zulu Rebellion in 1906, the revolt and strikes on the Rand, the tragic 1914 rebellion, the campaign in South-West Africa in 1915, the battle of Ellis Park in 1922, through to the undying glory of the 1st and 2nd South African Divisions in the Western Desert campaigns, and the 6th South African Armoured Division in Italy." .

$26.47

Terrorism. The First Full Account in Detail of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southern Africa

By Morris, Michael

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, 1971). 8vo;original white boards, lettered in red on spine; pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; endpaper map; pp. (xviii) + 249; plates. Dustwrapper spine panel sunned; a little spotting and light browning to edges, occasional fox spot elsewhere; faint tape mark to rear pastedown. Very good condition. "This book is the first major comprehensive account of the terrorist and insurgent warfare in Southern Africa, concentrating mainly on the fighting in Rhodesia and South West Africa, with references to Angola and Mocambique. It traces the origins of the struggle, vividly details many of the actions, and gives educated forecast of likely development and trends." .

$13.23

Die Rebellie 1914-15

By Scholtz, G. D.

(Johannesburg: Voortrekkerpers, 1942). Squarish 8vo; original red cloth, lettered in black on spine and upper cover; pp. 312, incl. index. Ex-library copy, with code to tail of spine, also elsewhere; label or pocket scar to front pastedown, stamps and codes elsewhere; joints and extremities rather rubbed; occasional fox spot. Fair condition. (Nienaber I, p. 330) Uncommon: OCLC finds only the British Library copy. "Toe ek 'n rukkie gelede die lewe van Genl. Beyers beskryf het, het die tydperk van die Rebellie my heelwat moeite verskaf, aangesien nog geen omvattende werk oor hierdie gebeurtenis bestaan nie. Ek kon stukkies en brokkies uit verskillende boeke kry en uit die blouboeke wat na afloop van die Rebellie deur die regering gepubliseer is, kon ek die vernaamste feite kry, maar dit was alles so obevredigend. Ek het toe maar besluit om self 'n werkie oor die Rebellie te skryf." .

$33.08

The British Cavalry
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The British Cavalry

By Warner, Philip

(London: J. M. Dent, 1984) 0460046179. 4to; original brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 230, incl. index; illustrations, incl. several in colour. Near fine condition. "In this fine study, full of vivid eye-witness accounts and written with a verve and understanding of a form of warfare which was often more ingenious and complex than outward appearances suggested, the British cavalry comes vigorously to life, reminding us of the courage, skills, customs and astonishing encurance of our forebears." .

$6.62

South African Military Who’s Who 1452-1992

By Uys, Ian

(Germiston: Fortress Publishers, 1992) 095831733X. 8vo; original brown boards, lettered in white on spine and upper cover; laminated dustwrapper; pp. viii + 312, incl. index. Dustwrapper spine panel a little sunned, with slightest creasing at head; some spotting to edges. Very good condition. "This book tells the life stories of over 1300 people who were involved in South Africa's tempestuous past." .

$23.16

Rollcall. The Delville Wood Story

By Uys, Ian

(Johannesburg: Uys Publishers, 1991) 0958317313. 8vo; original brown boards, lettered in white on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. xvi + 302, incl. index; contemporary photographs and artwork; maps. Dustwrapper partially sunned; merest trace of foxing to edges and endpapers. Very good condition. "On 20 July, 1916, when Lieut-Col Frank Thackeray, two wounded officers and 140 bone-weary men were relieved, after fighting for six days and five nights, they marched from the shattered Delville Wood into history - and a legend was born. ... The personal information and human tales, together with extensive appendices, containing the names of over 4000 men, makes this book unique and a valuable source of reference." .

$23.16

The Story of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers

By Tipping, H. Avray

(London: Country Life, 1915). 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in blind to spine, with Welsh dragon device in blind to boards; pp. xii + 281, incl. index; publisher's catalogue; full-colour frontis., with tissue-guard (detached but present); plates, largely in monochrome; battle plans in text. Backstrip tanned and a little snagged to head and tail; top edge of upper board likewise a bit sunned; pockets mounted to pastedowns, though without enclosures (no reference to folding maps found in Contents pages or trade descriptions); edges foxed, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good condition. Contents: The Raising of the Regiment; The Camp at Dundalk; The Battle of the Boyne; Aghrim; Namur; Blenheim; Oudenarde; Dettingen and Fontenoy; Minorca and Minden; North America; Campaigns in Three Continents; In the Spanish Peninsula; Waterloo; In Times of Peace; The Crimea; The Mutiny; The Service of the Empire; The Militia, Volunteer, Territorial and Service Battalions; The Great War. .

$26.47

Honoris Crux. Ons Dapperes. Our Brave

By van Wyk, At

(Cape Town: Saayman & Weber, 1982) 0797100040. 8vo; original red boards, lettered in white on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. (x) + 121, incl. index; portrait photographs; colour illustrations of decorations. Trace of spotting to top edge. Very good to near fine condition. Text largely in Afrikaans, with some chapters in English. This book details the acts of valour of recipients of the four categories of South Africa's highest military award. .

$16.54

The Banner of Battle. The Story of the Crimean War

By Palmer, Alan

(London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987) 0297790420. 8vo; original dark brown boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. xiii + (i) + 289, incl. index; plates; maps. Dustwrapper slightly sunned on spine panel. Very good condition. "The Banner of Battle is the first comprehensive interpretation of the subject stressing the European and Baltic angles, and so bringing the Crimean War clearly and astutely into focus." .

$6.62

The Seven Ages of the British Army

By Carver, Field Marshal Lord

(London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1984) 0297783734. 8vo; original black boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated dustwrapper; pp. xii + 332, incl. index; plates; maps. Dustwrapper spine panel sunned; trace of spotting to top edge and endpapers. Very good condition. "The seven ages are those of Cromwell; Marlborough; Wellington; Wolseley and Roberts; Haig; Montgomery; and Templer. By looking at the spectacular careers of these figures Lord Carver emphasizes the successive changes in the army's organization and purpose over the last three hundred years." .

$6.62

The Durban Light Infantry. The History of the Durban Light Infantry incorporating that of the Sixth South African Infantry 1915 to 1917

By Martin, Lieut.-Colonel A. C.

(Durban: The Headquarter Board of the Durban Light Infantry in co-operation with the Regimental Association, 1969). 2 quarto volumes; original blue cloth; dustwrappers with earlier owner's additional adhesive lamination, adhering to boards; pp. xx + 368, xxii + 487; photographic plates; maps, incl. some folding. Dustwrappers somewhat worn and tanned; earlier owner's hand-stamp to front free endpaper in each case; scattered, moderate foxing. Good condition. "In its long and notable career, the Regiment has not only been involved outside South Africa in two world cataclysms; it has been involved also in some of the major events in the country's internal history. Colonel Martin's account of the Bambata Rebellion and of the Rand Revolt (to name only two instances) has much to interest the general student of the history of South Africa." Volume 1 covers the years 1854 to 1934, and the second volume is concerned with 1935 to 1960. .

$39.70

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