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They live by the sword Hardcover – 1990. Breytenbach knocked his new recruits into shape, often literally by using his fists, gaining their respect and willing cooperation.

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Jan Dirk Breytenbach DVR SD SM MMM (born 14 July 1932) is a retired career South African Special Forces military officer and author of military books. He is best known as the first commander of 1 Reconnaissance Commando, South Africa's first special-forces unit.

Published by Lemur Books (Pty) Ltd, Alberton, South Africa (1990). They Live By the Sword - 32 'Buffalo' Battalion - South Africa's Foreign Legion. Col. Jan Breytenbach. ISBN 10: 0620148705 ISBN 13: 9780620148702. Published by Lemur Books, Alberton, Republic South Africa (1990).

2 Books by Jan Breytenbach. Breytenbach retired from the military in 1987, and has written a number of books since then. Breytenbach, Jan (1990). He is the brother of South African poet and writer Breyten Breytenbach and of war rapher Cloete Breytenbach. During the 1980s, Breyten and Jan Breytenbach held strongly opposing political viewpoints, so with his brother opting for a more left-wing approach, this influential family effectively covered the political spectrum. Breytenbach, Jan (1986). p. 272. Breytenbach, Jan (1997).

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Jan Breytenbach writes in an engaging, easy to read, style and as his knowledge is first hand the book comes across .

He pulls no punches and his candour is refreshing in that he is not over-awed by bureaucracy. The formation and training of this future battalion was a daunting prospect for the author. To purely English readers, military and laymen alike "They Live by the Sword" represents com-petitive value in a hardback which is stimulating, informative and easy to read. Its 272 pages also contain sixteen photographs and a map as well as a Roll of Honour.

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32 Battalion first saw action as "Combat Group Bravo" during Operation Savannah in 1975, after Breytenbach had fed, clothed and trained what he called "the most miserable, underfed, ragged and villainous bunch of troops I had ever seen in my life..." Breytenbach knocked his new recruits into shape, often literally by using his fists, gaining their respect and willing cooperation. The account of Operation Savannah which takes up several chapters of the first part of the book provides an insider's viewpoint of the campaign that was the start of South Africa's involvement in Angola. Breytenbach's methods of warfare were as unconventional as his methods of obtaining equipment for his unit. When he was denied permission to demolish a bridge across the Okavango, which he knew was being used by FAPLA, he sent a Recce team to demolish it anyway and then sent a signal to Task Force HQ that he had heard unaccounted for explosions in the area and asked innocently should he investigate? He then later signalled that reconnaissance had revealed that the bridge had been destroyed, according to locals, by UNITA...Lacking heavy weapons and equipment, 32 Battalion had to adopt guerrilla tactics and prove themselves better at this style of warfare than their enemies, FAPLA and SWAPO. They fought on foot, harassing the enemy in their own home base areas, using the vital element of surprise to keep them off balance. Tracking was easy in the sandy soil of Angola, but made anti-tracking extremely difficult, so that the level of expertise needed was high if they were to remain out of sight and reach of the enemy. The black troops, with their guerrilla background, possessed the required skills already, but their white leaders had to learn new skills on the job, coping with severe extremes of temperature and lack of food and water for long periods.

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A wonderful military history of 32 batalion that "out-guerrilled" the communist guerrillas in Angola. This story, told by one who was there, gives the story of how a group of malnourished soldiers with low morale were converted to crack troops carrying out perhaps the most successful counterinsurgency in history. What they did should be the subject of study in every military academy.

The book is a military history in that it covers the politics behind the war only insofar as is necessary to identify the participants in the war. This makes it difficult at times to determine who is on which side among all the political organizations mentioned in the book.

Only a couple things detract from the book in my opinion. One is the acronyms that are so prevalent for the various political groups involved. It makes it difficult to follow the different groups - especially with so many names unfamilar to western ears involved. Second, except for one map inside the cover of the book, there were no maps to help place the engagements in context of the area. Any military history without maps is likely going to be difficult reading but all the more so when the place and people names are unfamiliar to anyone not very familiar with African cities or topography of the area. But even with these shortcomings, the story is inspiring and a great resource for counterinsurgency lessons to learn.
Superb. Memories flooded back to me as I was there, in the Caprivi in 1988. A lot of things that went on now become clear and things fall into place. I even knew a few people referred to in the book. Thank you Colonel Breytenbach.
They live by the sword download epub
Author: Jan Breytenbach
ISBN: 0620148705
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Lemur; 1st Edition edition (1990)
Pages: 272 pages