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THE BLACK BERET VOLUME I The History of South Africa’s Armoured Forces

THE BLACK BERET VOLUME I
The History of South Africa’s Armoured Forces  

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A brilliantly written history of South African armoured car operations, from the Gazala Gallops, Operation Crusader, Tobruk and Alamein, this is a vivid account of formation reconnaissance, an important and overlooked story, drawing on a significant number of sources, ably supported by many photographs and maps.
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 reconstituted SA Armoured Corps training at Khatadba in Egypt for deployment in the Italian campaign with the famous South African 6th Armoured Division, and we ride with the armour element that takes part in the invasion of Madagascar.



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Product Code: 25760
Author: Willem Steenkamp
Format: Hardback, 368 pages, Illustrated
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