I’ve just finished reading Back to Angola: A Journey from War to Peace, by Paul Morris.
I bought this book because of the review I read in a newspaper in Cape Town. It tells the story of a forty-five-year-old South African who returns to Angola to cycle through parts of the country, twenty-five years after the war that he was involved in there, in 1986. It’s sort of a journey to lay to peace some demons of war. Morris saw some action manning a Ratel at Cuito Canavale and Rio Lomba.
I had no idea that as many as 350,000 Cubans did military service in Angola, or that more than 500,000 South Africans were constricted into the SADF to perform national service, from 1967-1994. Or that those in the SADF, according to Morris, felt that they were outgunned by MiG 23s and Russian tanks.
I will aim to find out more about this conflict.