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.
It is often said that surprise in battle accomplishes results. When both sides are equally surprised the results will be unpredictable. A miraculous outcome is achieved by the side that has the most luck and extraordinary foresight as in "The Bf 109 Capture".
During World War II fighter pilots were, at times, detailed to perform out-of-the-ordinary operations. "Duck Hunting in a Hurricane" was an event that resulted in just such an operation in order to recover the Hurricane and bring back the ducks.
The airplane that established the Avro Company was designed in WW I by A V Roe the Avro 504 biplane trainer that was later adapted as a night-fighter for Home Defense. Subsequently a great number of Avro designs were the work of 'Roy' Chadwick who's first WW II twin R-R Vultee-engined bomber the Manchester was a failure that became the successful Lancaster with its post-war Lincoln and Shackleton
When at the beginning of the 20th Century large areas of the world were marked in the atlas in red the airplane was born and soon became a weapon of war. Post-WW I many countries of the former British Empire re-emerged as new nations from which emerged the Commonwealth of Nations with the own air forces some of which were very formidable air forces in their own right as they are today some died.