In Code Name Devorah we deal with the use of armoured fighting vehicles in unconventional warfare scenarios. During my life, I spoke to many South African armour officers, a breed apart and to be avoided if possible. They proudly follow something between the Russian and Prussian outlook on war. The Russians see war as a science, a mathematical exercise. The Prussians see war as an art where instinct plays a large role, the commander must have a “feeling” for the battle. The South African Armour officers combined the two doctrines to fit their needs - they see logistics, by God, and then “elan” for lack of a better word to create a force multiplier or what the Yanks call the “Shock and Awe Principle.” They go in at tremendous force (the German Schwerpunkt) and without any known fear, hammering and overwhelming, destroying what they want to, leave nasty surprises behind (long-range artillery, airstrikes, Special Forces, booby traps) and then get out and God knows when they will be back except that they will be back if needs be. It is called destabilisation or pre-emptive strikes and it works very well in war. Have no doubt, they will always attack first and never hesitate. They studied the Israelis and everyone else in detail and they are aggressive to the point of insanity, hard-charging is not really the word to describe them... they came to end the fight... end of story. You can learn from them in how to use very little, reinforced battalions, not divisions, to achieve astonishing results, roaming around at will and working closely with crack infantry, air support and Special Forces. I would say that their battlefield successes came down to elan, leadership and training with an utter belief, a habit, of winning at any cost payable by the enemy. From a technical view, the South African armoured vehicles have twice the range of any comparable vehicle and all are landmine resistant from the beginning. They also have way higher top speeds because they are wheeled, not tracked. That is by design and they have large water tanks for the crews, able to operate without long and vulnerable supply trains. For this theatre, they are perfect and many of the vehicles are copied worldwide by major armies because they are outstanding in design and application. In Code Name Devorah, I tried to bring the way armour is used in this sphere to life. But there is a twist, here the armour is used with spies and Special Forces, not conventional infantry, a unique concept in war. In a later book, Code Name One Alpha, I describe the use of South African armour in a more conventional sense, also introducing the much more modern Rooikat, a 105mm beast.
Description: Foxtrot and Angelique Dawson are happily married and their twins now almost four years old. Foxtrot considers himself to be retired from Mayhem & Murder Inc. and Angelique still consults to DGSE (the French spies). However, peace is not their occupation, not with Angelique still active in the Great Game. Angelique’s sister-in-law, Devorah Arik, the Mossad Team Leader, returns in this book, having her own agenda. Angelique and her security team are shanghaied into helping Mossad out in Northern Somalia. The Antonov-124 they are on is intercepted and escorted to an abandoned airfield. Devorah wants to use their cargo for her own purposes, three Ratel Infantry Fighting Vehicles, two of which are of the 90-mm tank hunter variety. Both Geoffrey Foxtrot and Geelslang Peter Ndebele are experts in using such vehicles in combat and have done so before. Angelique too is not unskilled in armour warfare. They are soon clashing with two T-55 tanks and terrorists, shooting all the way. Then Angelique’s Command & Control C-130 Hercules is shot down. She jumps with her security team and twin toddlers Lise and Odette to safety and is trapped, surrounded by terrorists. Foxtrot and Geelslang turn the armour around to rescue them. If you wish to read about Covert and Special Forces Operations in sub-Saharan Africa, the GMJ Books are the place to start. You will learn about covert operations, Special Forces techniques and military history not known outside the select few. This is book 11 of the popular GMJ Series.