In Code Name Lise, we deal with the idea of sinking warships with shore-bound artillery. It can be done and was done in history many times before, but you need them close to you, almost at a dangerously close range. They must be ambushed unexpectedly and destroyed, or you will be in deep trouble as they call in heavy airstrikes or used their long-range weapons to maximum effect. And that is the biggest problem you will face in this scenario, the air threat. All modern warships are armed with helicopters and South African warships at times have the Denel Rooivalk attack helicopter with them. A helicopter that is deadly and feared with much reason. The question I wanted to be answered in this book was to see if a Rooivalk attack beast can be shot down and if so, how. They are armoured against 23mm shells, they are faster than an Apache and their pilots are aggressive fellows. You will normally not get close enough to shoot a Rooivalk down, she can see in the darkness and she has deadly missiles outranging any MANPAD or anti-aircraft gun. Her ECM and E-ECM systems are world-class. Thus, you need to surprise her, get her close enough and down her in the first few shots or you are dead when she counter-attacks. There is a way, a maskirovka. Foxtrot and his men crossed into Northern Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, after the ambush in southern Mozambique where Angelique is almost killed during Code Name Phoenix. He wants his enemy, the naval squadron searching for him and his Q-ship, the EBS Orlando, within gunnery range and destroy them. If not destroyed, then at least severely damaged, before running hard for Mozambique before reinforcements arrive. Escaping would always be a problem as the Egg Breakers face overwhelming odds and with Angelique wounded, there are command & control problems. Something that is so crucial in modern war than I wanted to highlight it for you. It must be sorted out quickly.
Description: After sinking a South African Navy frigate in an epic gun battle in the Mozambican Channel, former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot, now Egg Breaker Ground Commander, is heading down south with his fellow Egg Breakers intending to ambush a squadron of naval fast attack craft that is coming north to investigate the sinking of the frigate. To get them close enough and inside gun range, he “abandons” the Q-ship, the EBS Orlando, on a deserted beach, a maskirovka designed to bring the fast attack craft towards the ambush site. For political reasons, he must cross the border into South Africa and spring a naval ambush from northern Zululand and thus taking the chance of meeting with superior South African ground forces, a fight he cannot possibly win. To make matters worse, a South African Denel Rooivalk is escorting the naval vessels and constitutes a major threat, she must be shot down and quickly or she will destroy him and his men. With his wife, the former South African Secret Service Counter-Terrorism Head until she defected in Code Name VFO565, a pregnant Angelique Dawson-Foxtrot injured and dying from wounds received during an ambush in Code Name Phoenix, he needs to dig deep to accomplish his mission. The ambush takes place and the Egg Breakers try to escape with the Q-ship, but they are found by Gripen fighter jets and sunk. As the men swim for their lives, they are strafed mercilessly but rescued by friendly forces. The job is not done though, Foxtrot and Geelslang make a HALO jump into northern Nigeria to escort a prisoner out. Angelique is induced into a medical coma to save her and Foxtrot’s unborn twins, Lise and Odette... one more burden on Foxtrot that already lost a wife in the War on Terror. 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. Code Name Lise is the 4th book in the popular GMJ Series.