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Troepie, from Call-up to Camps

Cameron Blake

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ISBN 10: 1770220518 / ISBN 13: 9781770220515
Published by Zebra Press, Cape Town, S. Africa, 2009
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: Troepie, from Call-up to Camps

Publisher: Zebra Press, Cape Town, S. Africa

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Wraps, Trade Paper Back

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition

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This book is a collection of excerpts from interviews with former conscripts in which they recall their time in the South African Defence Force. The chapters are structured according to the general sequence of a conscript’s experience: receiving call-up papers, klaaring in, the first week of Basics, bush phase, second-phase training, general service, the Border, Angola, the townships, klaaring out and camps. It includes stories of various lengths, from a paragraph to a few pages; it’s a book that is easy to dip into. Appendices give additional information on a range of matters, from the context of the Angola War to National Service medals. A comprehensive glossary explains military terms.

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CAMERON BLAKE was born in 1969 in Johannesburg where he grew up. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1991, with a Diploma in Graphic Design. In 1992, still liable for compulsory national service—albeit in the early ’90s when most conscripts were not heeding their call-ups—he cleared in at Voortrekkerhoogte, a large military base outside Pretoria. After doing his basic training in the Technical Services Corps, he transferred to the Ordnance Services Corps in Cape Town, completing his service in the media department. After a decade of varying careers in creative media fields, he finally teamed up with a long-time friend to open a small shop in Cape Town. The shop specializes in coins, medals and surplus militaria: his true passions. It was here that he began networking with veterans and collecting their stories, in line with his interest in southern African military history. His first book, Troepie: From Call-up to Camps, was published in 2009, and the sequel, From Soldier to Civvy, in 2010.

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