I dare say I am asked a lot whether the GMJ Books are facts or fantasy as some astonishing comments and remarks are made in the books. Let me say from the start the books are well researched and I know what I write about, so yes, what the characters say are facts and they have different views, no liberal ones to be sure but not racist either, there is one hell of a difference.
These books are based on facts. There are many sides to any story, there is the truth, the lies, your version, my version and then something in between written in history books for a very definite political purpose. It is as the old warning to historians goes – you find two world leaders, one is a decorated war hero, a man of the people that took his country from utter despondency to financial miracles in much less time than any other world leader ever did. He is a teetotaler, vegetarian and none smoker and a bachelor until just before the end of his life – ah yes, Adolf Hitler. And then you have the fat overweight leader, never seen without a cigar or a glass of whisky. He sleeps naked, romp around in such an indecent state in the White House and he has a terrible desire to interfere with military operations, always with disastrous consequences. He has a track record of military catastrophes for 40 years and he is known as Winston Churchill, the famous British hero. You see what I mean?
Now, Winston Churchill does not come over good in any GMJ Book. He is called the “Arch Liar” and his ridiculous claim on swimming the ”mighty Apies River” is constantly mentioned as a joke. So is his heavy drinking, it is known he was drunk at Cabinet meetings (yes, read the diaries of the generals that were there) and his lists of mistakes, from 1899 to 1948 is constantly highlighted and yes, shockingly, every one of them can be proven. For instance he did act as an Army officer instead as a neutral war correspondent in the Second Anglo Boer war and hence was almost executed when captured. Yes he did interfere so much with the Royal Navy in the First World War, as Sea Lord, that a man no less than Admiral Beatty of Jutland fame, made some nasty comments on his incompetence which came to a head at a place Gallipoli where, by the way, more French soldiers died than ANZACS. Yes, in 1919 he caused the Russian village of Emtsa to be shelled with poison gas against the wishes of Cabinet. Yes, he did advise the British Cabinet to use poison gas on Northern Indian tribesmen and yes, the Royal Air Force did bomb defenceless tribesmen up to the 1950s in the British Empire. They also attacked Berlin three times before the London Blitz began and guess on whose orders? At one stage he wanted Tokyo bombed with poison gas (1944) and under his leadership the French Navy, former comrades and neutral, was attacked by the Royal Navy in 1940, 1297 sailors died at Mers-el-Kébir and he did mine Norway’s neutral waters before that, causing Germany to invade Norway. Under his premiership more than 2000 men and women were arrested and held under the infamous Regulation 18 B, no trial, no habeas corpus and as suspected Nazi sympathisers, again in 1940. And yes, when he made his “Iron Curtain” speech after the war he forgot to mention he was by far not the first to so, Nazi Dr Josef Goebbels did so years before him and so I can go on and you can read the rest in the GMJ Books.
Why is this mentioned? Simply because the main characters are Afrikaners, they don’t like Churchill and they know their history and they know lots of other shocking stuff too which comes out in the GMJ Books. I call it privately the “OMG it is Montgomery or Patton Syndrome” and let it explain. If you watch any program on National Geographic or History Channel or read any website or almost any book on warfare you realise the authors suffer from the “OMG it is Montgomery or Patton Syndrome.” Almost every one of you reading here and did not yet read GMJ would know that if the Cold War ever had become hot, the NATO Air Forces would have blown the Warsaw Pact Air Forces apart clearing the way for the tanks. Well, after East Germany fell and the German Air Forces combined two things happened which you probably don’t want to hear. First the East German MIG 31 Fulcrums and Sukhoi SU 27 Flankers went up in mock dogfights, yes, the famous Top Gun and Red Flag operations and they defeated every single Western fighter jet, shockingly so. Why? Stolen South African technology called the Kukri helmet, look-down shoot-down capabilities. It took the USAF up to 2007 to get such a helmet in service and it is by all accounts a failure. We were there by 1983 already. Then the Germans tested their newly acquired Soviet made air to air missiles and guess what? They came to the conclusion it was 5-8 times better than the American missile the West German Air Force had, the Sidewinder. Ah, and then the Germans (with nine other European Nations) went on and created the IRIS-T which is currently in use and way ahead of anything the USAF has. So air superiority was not the least guaranteed and I can carry on.
If you ask any website or television documentary what is the best 155 mm field artillery system they mention an American one with an 18 mile range. Shame, the South African G5, with base bleed ammunition, shoots more than double that range, you will be dead long before you even deploy. Another astonishing fact, the South African made Mirage Cheetah D (based on the Israeli Kfir) went up in the 1990s against the F-15 Strike Eagle, and yep, the Cheetah D shot the Strike Eagle down in exercises. I can go even further and say to you that every MRAP vehicle you see is built on 40 year old South African technology, yep, it goes back to 1974. Did you know 93% of Predator strikes actually misses the intended target? Yes, a US Senate report says so. Or that when that liberal betrayed the NSA and ran to Russia, yep, ISIS and Al-Qaeda got themselves five new ciphers immediately. Read Code Name Odette or GMJ 8 and you will find a lot more details.
What about the main premise? That no carrier group will get close enough to South African to land and retrieve Special Forces? The SAS Manthatisi, a Type 209 South African submarine did, in an exercise in 2008, sunk an entire NATO squadron and yes, two French nuclear attack boats, the Amethyst and the Casabianca sunk two new American carriers in exercises. Carriers are extremely vulnerable despite what you saw in Top Gun and guess what else? Yes, the F-14 Tomcat is not rated as a good fighter, it is seen as a putter and guess who said that? A colonel in the USAF who was directly responsible for the F-16 and guess what else? The F-16 shot every new F-35 down in mock combat and no, the F-35 is not nearly as stealthy as claimed. The lists of shocking statistics are endless and what comes out in GMJ is a warning. Note what I say to you, it is not written to belittle anyone or any nation or glorify South Africa. No, the opposite, it is to say “Wake up, there are a lot more in this world than ’OMG it is Montgomery or Patton’ because you only study your own.” You will get a nasty surprise if you carry on with your Syndrome. I am lucky, I know Western history better than most and I know the Sub Saharan sphere better than most. Nothing my characters say are devoid of facts. You may not like their comments, but you will be very well advised to wonder why these books were written in the first place. Arrogance is not advisable in war and interestingly, I got an email stating the GMJ Books are being translated (illegally) into Chinese. Why is that?
George M James is a pseudo name for the author and used for security reasons. He is an expert on counter-terrorism and counterinsurgency operations in sub-Saharan Africa, a military historian and published author of more than 50 books. In the GMJ Series, you will learn about Covert Operations, Special Forces techniques, current political analyses and military history not known outside the select few. Every GMJ Book is based on historical fact and often what is revealed in a GMJ Book is published by the mainstream media a short while later. Many of the GMJ Books are used as training material by Police Forces (SWAT) across the world. Note please that GMJ does not claim to have served in South African Army or Police Special Forces.