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Title:SADF soldiers' stories: review article
Author:Baines, GaryISNI
Periodical:Journal of Namibian Studies
Geographic terms:South Africa
military personnel
military intervention
About persons:Clive Holt
Steven Webb
Abstract:This article reviews two recently-published memoirs by SADF (South African Defence Force) veterans: one a volunteer who spent 13 months as a medic in Namibia and the other a conscript who was deployed as a member of a mechanized battalion in Angola. Clive Holt's 'At thy call' (2004) may be the more dramatic of the two because he participated in the largest and fiercest conventional engagement of the entire war and seems to have been psychologically scarred for life. By contrast, Steven Webb's 'Ops Medic' (2008) seems uneventful as he was never involved in battle and appears not to bear any long-term ill effects of his more mundane experiences. Whatever their differences, these stories afford insights into how these soldier-authors have managed to come to terms with the memories of their times on active military service. And they have a wider relevance in that they provide insights into the enduring legacy of the militarization of South Africa and its neighbouring States. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]