For almost 15 years, South Africa was involved in a civil war in Angola: the so-called Bush War on behalf of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola faction. The climax of the conflict portrayed in this history was the battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the largest military engagement on African soil since World War II. This book provides the firsthand, personal accounts of the clash leading up to Cuito Cuanavale for the first time in English, as told by the Soviet advisers to the Angolan army. Their experiences of the war as well as their views and assessment of their South African enemies and Cuban and Angolan allies will not only surprise and fascinate readers, but will also offer new insights into the war itself.
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Gennady Shubin is a senior researcher for the Institute for African Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He is the author or coauthor of 17 books. Andrei Tokarev is the head of the Center for South African Studies at the Africa Institute in Moscow and an associate professor at the Military University in Moscow.
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