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Combining Spies and Special Forces with Conventional Artillery

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In this book, we take a hard look at the way secret agents combine with conventional and Special Forces at times, in this case, using self-propelled artillery and mobile rocket launchers, causing mayhem to their enemies. Spy games are not always simply the cloak and dagger type, the attack may well be in the form of heavy shells and rockets which accurately rain down.

I show how such an artillery strike is set up by using the South African designed G-6 howitzer, a tremendously effective self-propelled 155 mm or 6.1-inch weapon which is able to accurately shoot up to 43 miles away. This is twice as far as any other comparable system. The 46,000-pound armoured vehicle has twice the fuel range compared to any other system, by design. Furthermore, the G-6 is fast, twice as fast, being wheeled, not tracked as would be any other system in that category but you can read the details for yourself in the book. Here the G-6 howitzer system is backed up by two 127 mm Valkiri MLRS platforms making it deadly and mobile as, again, it has twice the fuel range of any other comparable system.

I found with my books that there is a great lack of knowledge regarding any weapon system not designed and deployed operationally by the US, NATO and even Russia. In this respect you would do well to read GMJ 35, American Military Might – Debunked. South Africa is leading the world in many military spheres, not your normal “African” country at all. These weapon systems and other advanced ones are being sold to places like China, Russia, Iran and others. In fact, to the traditional enemies of the West and that is not by chance either. This should be worrying.


Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson and her people are setting a trap for the Zimbabwean Army Forces who are chasing a four-man South African Army Special Forces Team towards western Mozambique. They deliberately betrayed their patrol on her instructions in order to lead their pursuers into a deadly ambush. Angelique wants to destroy the Zimbabwean Army Unit (company sized) in a carefully crafted ambush by using heavy artillery in the form of a G-6 howitzer self-propelled 155 mm or 6.1-inch system backed up by two 127 mm MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) Valkiri vehicles. The airburst shells and rockets must explode simultaneously on the Zimbabweans to be effective.

At the same time, the running South African Army Special Forces Team with the legendary former Special Forces officer, Geelslang Peter Ndebele as liaison officer for Angelique, must be far enough away and under shelter to survive the incoming artillery strike. Angelique’s ground commander and later husband, former Police Special Forces Major Geoffrey Foxtrot needs to get everything in place first, then call the artillery strike at the right time and place as Geelslang leads them closer. Any mistake will lead to friendly casualties that cannot be afforded.

Meanwhile, Angelique is also up to other things, not explaining much to a very concerned Foxtrot. She is flying a Super Frelon helicopter to launch a separate rescue mission for a captured agent inside Zimbabwe, a place where she is wanted dead or alive. If captured, she would be tortured to death.

Foxtrot is worried about the hostile air cover they face. Zimbabwean Aérospatiale Alouette gunships are above the chasers, trying to corner the running Special Forces Team in the classic Rhodesian Fire Forces Principle used so often during the Bush Wars. The helicopters need to be shot down before they find the hidden artillery. He decides to take them out with Chinese MANPAD missiles manned by Angelique and her troubled agent, Lucy. They have one shot each.

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 Anika is book 27 of the popular GMJ Series.

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