The War for Africa - Twelve Months that Transformed a Continent, by Fred Bridgland

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The War for Africa - Twelve Months that Transformed a Continent, by Fred Bridgland

Published by Casemate in 2017, 501 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N8032)

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From the inside front fly leaf: The Angolan Civil War lasted over a quarter of a century, from 1975 to 2002. Beginning as a power struggle between two former liberation movements, the MPLA and UNITA, it became a Cold War struggle with involvement from the Soviet Union, Cuba, South Africa and the USA.

The War for Africa examines the height of the Cuban-South African fighting in Angola in 1987-88, when 3,000 South African soldiers and about 8,000 UNITA guerrilla fighters fought in alliance against the Cubans and the armed forces of the Marxist MPLA government, a force of over 50,000 men.

Fred Bridgland reported on the Angolan Civil War for many years as a foreign correspondent. He has pieced together the campaigns and battles of 1987-88, fought in one of the world's remotest and wildest terrains, through copious interviews with the South African soldiers and pilots involved, and many of their accounts are woven into the narrative. This is a classic account of a Cold War struggle, with momentous consequences for the participants and the continent. This edition is updated with a new preface and epilogue containing information too sensitive to release at the time of the book's original publication...