Flight Plan Africa
Author: John P. Cann
Publisher: Helion and Company
Following the 1952 reorganization of the Portuguese Air Force from the army and naval air arms, Portugal now had an entity dedicated solely to aviation that would bring it into line with its new NATO commitment. As it proceeded to develop a competence in modern multiengine and jet fighter aircraft for its NATO role and train a professional corps of pilots, it was suddenly confronted in 1961 with fighting insurgencies in all three of its African possessions. This development forced it to acquire an entirely new and separate air force, the African air force, to address this emerging danger. This is the story of just how Portuguese leadership anticipated and dealt with this threat, and how it assembled an air force from scratch to meet it. The aircraft available at the time were largely castoffs from the larger, richer, and more sophisticated air forces of its NATO partners and not designed for counterinsurgency. Yet Portugal adapted them to the task and effectively crafted the appropriate strategies and tactics for their successful employment. The book explores the vicissitudes of procurement, an exercise fraught with anti-colonial political undercurrents, the imaginative modification and adaptation of the aircraft to fight in the African theaters, and the development of tactics, techniques, and procedures for their effective employment against an elusive, clever, and dangerous enemy. Advances in weaponry, such as the helicopter gun ship, were the outgrowth of combat needs. The acquired logistic competences assured that the needed fuel types and lubricants, spare parts, and qualified maintenance personnel were available in even the most remote African landing sites. The advanced flying skills, such as visual reconnaissance and air-ground coordinated fire support, were honed and perfected. All of these aspects and more are explored and hold lessons in the application of airpower in any insurgency today.
Author: Jonathan Scott Gration
Captivating experiences from my unique childhood jump start the book. Human-interest vignettes punctuate fascinating accounts of developing the Predator drone, conducting the 2003 scud hunt in Iraq, and accompanying Senator Obama to Africa. I painfully describe surviving several terrorist attacks and then recount efforts to birth South Sudan.
Angola, slowly recovering from a twenty-seven year civil war, is becoming a regional super-power in southern Africa. This rise can be attributed to oil, diamonds, a battle-tested armed forces and a political system that is dominated by one party – the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola – MPLA). Problems remain to be solved. The vast wealth is in the control of the elite while the vast majority of the people live on less than two dollars per day. Corruption is rife, the health and education system in shambles, landmines remain a festering problem and the opposition is intimidated and split into various factions. President Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled Angola for almost thirty-eight years, has opted not to run for re-election in the August 2017 elections. Instead his hand-picked successor João Lourenço was elected president. Interestingly, dos Santos has not surrendered his presidency of the party. This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Angola contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Angola.
This timely book offers a world history of insurgencies and of counterinsurgency warfare. Jeremy Black moves beyond the conventional Western-centric narrative, arguing that it is crucial to ground contemporary experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq in a global framework. Unlike other studies that begin with the American and French revolutions, this book reaches back to antiquity to trace the pre-modern origins of war within states. Interweaving thematic and chronological narratives, Black probes the enduring linkages between beliefs, events, and people on the one hand and changes over time on the other hand. He shows the extent to which power politics, technologies, and ideologies have evolved, creating new parameters and paradigms that have framed both governmental and public views. Tracing insurgencies ranging from China to Africa to Latin America, Black highlights the widely differing military and political dimensions of each conflict. He weighs how, and why, lessons were “learned” or, rather, asserted, in both insurgency and counterinsurgency warfare. At every stage, he considers lessons learned by contemporaries, the ways in which norms developed within militaries and societies, and their impact on doctrine and policy. His sweeping study of insurrectionary warfare and its counterinsurgency counterpart will be essential reading for all students of military history.
This book narrates the story of a young family that, in the year 1975, made the bold decision to leave the United Kingdom and seek a new life in South Africa. Although intending to stay for just a few years, they only returned some twenty years later. Whilst there, they took the opportunity to visit virtually every town and game park, and five of the neighboring countries. However, this was not just an extended holiday, but an opportunity to study different cultures and customs. Their time there spanned the darkest days of apartheid, through the first signs of change sparked by the Soweto Riots, to the release of Nelson Mandela, the first democratic elections, and beyond. Thus, in addition to this book being partly a travelogue and memoire, it is also an eye-witness commentary on the highs and lows, the good, the bad, the dangers, and the changes that occurred during an eventful time, in that unique country. It should thus appeal not only the general reader who enjoys a yarn about far-away places, but also to those interested in social and cultural history.
Author: Dylan Kemlo
Publisher: Juta and Company Ltd
This study aid is designed to assist both students and qualified pilots. It covers all aspects relating to the VHF radio on an aircraft and provides all the information, both theoretical and practical, for a restricted aeronautical radio licence.
T.I.A. This Is Africa
Author: Desley Allen
In 1986, Peggy and Dave Walker and their two children, newly recruited aid-workers for a relief and development organisation based in Southern Sudan, arrive from Australia to work at SudanAID's headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The organisation is struggling to survive as the Sudanese civil war accelerates and the rebels gain more territory forcing vital projects to be abandoned. The Sudanese government threatens to expel SudanAID from the country accusing them of collaborating with the rebel army. Against this backdrop, Peggy relates the heartwarming, the horrific and the humorous stories of the every day dramas in the lives of her family and co-workers, both expatriate and national. As her understanding of living in the African culture grows, Peggy learns the values of tolerance and acceptance and finds the inner strength to deal with two critical events that subsequently bring SudanAID to its knees.
The South African
Author: Paul Taylor
Detective sergeant Paul Mackenzie of the Durban Police Department arrives in London determined to solve the mystery surrounding his detective brother’s death. Matthew Simon Richardson is a member of the British aristocracy who travels the world as a gun for hire, a sniper whose one motivation in life is the chase and the kill. The South African is the story of two men born on the same day, six thousand miles apart, whose lives become interwoven as one seeks the truth and the other his raison d'être.
Mounting external debt and large-scale capital flight have been at the forefront of Africa's economic problems since the 1980s. External Debt and Capital Flight in Sub-Saharan Africa, edited by S. Ibi Ajayi and Mohsin S. Khan, takes a penetrating look at debt and capital flight during the 1990s in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. The book describes the size and composition of debt in the selected countries and examines the causes of the debt buildup. It also assesses the extent of capital flight and suggests ways of stemming the flight of financial resources.
Author: Leonard Smith
It's 2050, and Dallas, Texas, is the most stable ground in North America. Following natural disasters, blistering solar radiation, and political policies that ignore citizens' rights, people need and want change and stability. With the appointment of Commandant Vincent Roman Allemande and his second-in-command, Marcia Beaudinot, one-world government will soon be realized. But peace and unity prove elusive. The pair realizes that humans are in more despair than ever as weather, wars, religion, and politics continue to twist and change the human condition. Particularly contentious is the decision to locate armaments on the Mount of Megiddo, which has already witnessed the struggles of Assyrians, Canaanites, Egyptians, Greeks, Israelites, Persians, Philistines, and Romans. Vincent and Marcia become acutely aware that Megiddo is biblically prophesized as the gathering place for Armageddon. Debates and conflicts over the ills that continue to beset society escalate, and many believe the rapture is coming. World leaders must prepare for it. As false religion evolves and emerges, God plans his overthrow of all governments. The intervention has begun. Endangered provides plentiful food for thought regarding the future of our existence in the context of our current political and geophysical climate.