George M James
South Africa's Capability to Build Nuclear Weapons.
But for who?
351 pages in paperback
In this book we look at the history of the South African Nuclear Weapons Program, long denied but always winked about, an open secret to many although the details were always vague with rumours of Israeli assistance in designing the bombs. In fact, the Israeli input was negligible as the South African nuclear weapons worked in an entirely unique way, yielding about what the Hiroshima bomb did and considered “sufficient” as a deterrent against a Soviet Union originated and supported conventional attack.
This attack almost came to be in 1988 – 1989 via Angola into what was then South West Africa and today Namibia. Masses of conventional forces were gathered, and plans were made – in history the same as the attack on South Vietnam by North Vietnamese Forces the decade before. History always repeats itself. A brilliant South African “Maskirovka” from the Chief of Staff in Pretoria stopped the planned invasion as well as the very public mobilising order of 400,000 men from the Army Reserves.
South Africa also had the means to deliver nuclear bombs accurately, all discussed in this book and may even have done so, although, we don’t know. It is one of the big “ifs” in history. As said, the invasion never took place and in no small way due to the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale which is often written about in GMJ Books. It was the largest tank battle in Africa since the Second World War and South African Forces won hands down.
It is beyond maddening to the author that no Western “Expert” today knows that in 1978, South Africa produced working nuclear weapons. They either don’t know, forgot history, or are incompetent, or more probably, both.
Just before Mr. Mandela took office as the newly democratically elected president, the atomic devices were handed over to the US Government for dismantling. That act was until now the only time in the world where a country willingly got rid of its nuclear arsenal. Everyone applauded. Yet, the means to manufacture such weapons did not disappear with the weapons, something no one in the West realises. If a place like Iran wants a nuclear weapon, they merely need to ask the South Africans that have the know-how and proven capability to produce them in record time. It is old technology.
In Code Name Angel we deal with nuclear weapons and the risk of such weapons in the hands of terrorists using them against the West. You should not doubt that terrorists will use nuclear devices if they have them - they stated their intentions to do so many times in the past. The normal rules of MAD, retaliation, do not apply to them. There is no reason to doubt that they would flatten a Western city if given the opportunity and such opportunities can be created easily enough as this book explains.
Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her team must recover lost or roguery manufactured South African nukes on their way to Iran or Al-Qaeda or both for all we know. The warheads are escorted by Zimbabwean Intelligence operatives in cahoots with Iranian Intelligence. This was one of the first major Egg Breaker operations that never made the newspapers and took place mostly in southern Mozambique, the chosen exfiltration point for the weapons.
Major Geoffrey Foxtrot, under command of his handler, Angelique Dawson, later his wife and soul, tracks the weapons down in a combined operation with Mossad Agents but that is only the first step. Disarming the devices is another story as Angelique insists on doing so herself, plus the Zimbabweans are also around to prevent the bombs from being intercepted in the first place. A clash between the two groups is unavoidable.
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 Angel is the 7th book of the popular GMJ Series.