Hindbusters

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This book is a personal account of the battle for Mavinga in South Eastern Angola during September and October 1985. It covers the Operation Second Congress advance on UNITA's Jamba headquarters area and the response from the South African forces charged with stopping the advance. Operation Weldmesh was a specialized operation aimed at destroying the FAPA helicopter air support to FAPLA. More

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About Johan Opperman

After completing school Johan Opperman was conscripted into the South African Air Force to complete National Service as a radar station Fighter Controller. After a brief civilian spell he re-joined the South African Air Force to pursue a full time career in the military. Whilst completing under-graduate studies at the SADF Military Academy he transferred to the Air Force Intelligence Branch. He gained extensive experience in air warfare during the 1980s as an Air Intelligence Officer in the South West Africa/Namibia and Southern Angolan theatres of operations. During the period described in this book he held the rank of Major and retired in 1997 with the rank of Colonel to pursue a civilian career. He is married with two daughters

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Review by: Cobus Terblanche on April 08, 2012 :
Compared to today’s high tech environment the 80’s could be regarded as an era where paper and carrier pigeons were considered the norm. However, today it is difficult to picture a time where intelligence was not readily available at your fingertips. Despite these limitations the SAAF pioneered the use of intelligence in a creative but purpose-driven fashion to successfully plan and conduct military air strikes against the enemy. The book Hindbusters provides a captivating look behind the scenes. Hind Busters is one of those books that you pick up, and don't want to put down. They say 'write what you know' and the author surely gives good account on an actual war that was swept under the carpet for too long …
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