The role of cavalry in counterinsurgency and covert rescues of detainees
414 pages in paperback
Code Name Love 72 deals with two subjects.
Firstly, the role of South African Army Cavalry Units during the long Border War 1966-1989. The cavalry use was a concept that came directly from the late South African Army Chief of Staff, General Magnus Malan. A man that I admire and one that was cruelly smeared as a child molester in a recent book that I consider to be unworthy in the extreme. Therefore, since the mainstream will spread their lies, I made sure to have on record that Magnus Malan was not, repeat not, a pedophile. If he was alive when the smear book came out he would have won a libel suit with contemptuous ease. As far as I am concerned he was a damn good soldier and stays highly respected by us.
The application of cavalry during modern counterinsurgency operations was out of the box thinking, if not totally original. As my study shows, the Portuguese Army (in Angola) and the Rhodesians (the Grey Scouts) were doing so before the South Africans arrived, but we made it an art form. The study makes for interesting reading and lessons for the future.
Secondly, I looked at the US Extraordinary Rendition Program happening across the world. This is where CIA members or their lackeys snatch / grab / kidnap a suspected terrorist and take him to a neutral country to be held, tortured and even murdered outside the normal protection of US laws. The fellow so grabbed has no legal recourse and no way out unless he can escape. Some have been held for 17 years without trial by now (2019). It is very bad news for counterterrorism for obvious reasons and a path that should never have been followed. I explain in detail why the program is a failure.
There is a South African link going back to 2003 & 2005 which is also looked at. By dealing with the subject and the rescue of prisoners from a CIA safe house in Tanzania, I explained how such a rescue operation can be done without the use of official Special Forces (for deniability reasons). I also reveal the historical link where a US Army classification to act “legally” outside international law led to the deaths of tens of thousands of German prisoners of war between 1945-1948. This was the so-called DEF or “Disarmed Enemy Forces” concept known in the British Army as SEP or “Surrendered Enemy Personnel.” It denied the millions of German POWs the protection of the Geneva Convention as the Rendition Program denies Muslims the protection of the US Constitution.
Spymaster extraordinaire, Angelique Dawson is in Tanzania with two of her Assassin Teams to conduct a covert rescue mission. She wishes to retake captives that are held in a safe house under the CIA Extraordinary Rendition Program.
The Rendition Program is highly illegal under international law and a disgrace to all involved. They are operating without her permission in her sphere, something designed to annoy Angelique enough to react violently. The two groups will clash and blood will follow when they do. Yet, she cannot trust her own people too far. She is already under suspicion of being a double agent working for another agency.
Angelique, as usual, is not explaining much to her future husband and former Police Special Forces Company Commander, Geoffrey Foxtrot, the narrator, who is trying to keep her safe.
In the background, we look at the South African Army Cavalry’s role during the Border War. It was a concept which came directly from the late South African Army Chief of Staff, General Magnus Malan and later Minister of Defence. He was the Military Academy commander in 1968. This is very interesting for military history as his concept was proven time after time.
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 Love 72 is the fiftieth book of the popular GMJ Series.
Code Name Love 72 (GMJ 50) Yes, this book must be read! January 8, 2020
This book is remarkable in that it is the 50th in James' Code Name series, quite an achievement and accomplished in a mere five years. The man certainly seems driven to tell these stories which reveal little-known aspects of the world's military history as well as of recent events in Africa.
This latest book tells of South Africa's, also Rhodesia's, effective use of horse-mounted soldiers in their counterinsurgency and counter-terror wars. Surely this is unique in modern warfare and applicable only to the terrain and circumstances in southern Africa and probably never in modern Europe or North America.
But what I most focused on in this book was its dealing with the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, a shameful and illegal use of the territories of other nations to avoid having prisoners tortured on US soil. This is an embarrassing reminder for this American of how we as a nation have lost our sense of justice and our humanity.
It's a great book and I highly recommend it.