New Arrivals 31st to 6th of February 2015

Cruise (A) LOUIS BOTHA'S WAR, the campaign in German South-West Africa, 1914-1915
220pp., b/w & colour illus., maps, paperback, Cape Town, 2015. R220
In 1914, at the outbreak of the Great War, Prime Minister Louis Botha agreed to lead South Africa on a campaign against the Germans in South-West Africa. This is an account of that campaign, and the rebellion that preceded it.

"...it also gives new life to our understanding of a key and complex international figure from the start of the twentieth century" Tim Butcher, author of "Blood River"
Gillings (K.) THE RELIEF OF LADYSMITH, breakthrough at Thukela Heights, 13-28 February 1900
64pp., illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Durban, (1999) 2014. R75
Other titles in the Battles of the Anglo-Boer War Series are:
* The Battle of Talana
* The Battle of Elandslaagte
* The Battle of Modder Spruit and Tchrengula
* The Battle of Colenso
* The Battle of Spioenkop
* The Battle of Vaalkrans
* The Siege of Ladysmith
* Guide to the Anglo-Boer War Sites in KwaZulu-Natal
All these titles are available @ R75 each.
Maake (N.) LETTERS TO MY SISTER,
93pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2012 . R130
Originally published in Sesotho. Translated into English by the author.

A novel set in Thokoza and Katlehong townships during the violent build-up to the 1994 elections.

Nhlanhla Maake was born in 1956 and grew up in Thokoza. He has won the Erns van Heerden Creative Writing Award, the MNET Book Prize and the African Heritage Literary Award.
Mannall (D.) BATTLE ON THE LOMBA,1987, the day a South African armoured battalion shattered Angola's last mechanised offensive - a crew commander's account
246pp., maps, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Solihull, 2014. R489
David Mannall's account of the Battle of the Lomba River, fought in southeast Angola on 3 October 1987 against FAPLA's 47th Armoured Brigade. He was a Crew Commander with Charlie Squadron, twelve 90mm AFVs crewed by 36 national servicemen, part of 61 Mechanised Battalion.
Mashego (G.) ed. BANTU LETTERS, an anthology of Mpumalanga indigenous language poetry
91pp., paperback, Shatale, Mpumalanga, 2011. R155
A collection of poetry in Sepedi, IsiSwati, IsiNdebele, Sepulana, Afrikaans and XiTsonga from the province of Mpumalanga. Commentary in English.
Pakleppa (R.) dir. PATHS TO FREEDOM,
105 minutes, DVD, , 2014. R420
A documentary on the birth of Namibia's armed struggle against South Africa. The film looks at the conditions in Namibia that led to young men and women taking up arms, especially the impact of the contract labour system. It also records the personal stories of some of the early freedom fighters and how the armed struggle intensified after the SADF attack on the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) base at Omugulugwombashe in 1966.

With music by Philip Miller.

Richard Pakleppa was born in Namibia in 1961. In order to avoid conscription into the South African army, he left for Europe after completing his schooling in 1978. He worked as a camera assistant and studied Philosophy and Theatre Science in Munich. On his return he settled in Cape Town where he did a post graduate degree in African studies while producing political theatre and activist videos. In 1990, he began producing documentaries: "Whose Land ?", "Tears of Blood", "Those Glowing Eyes", and many more. In 1993, he formed the Namibian film and production company, On Land Productions, together with producer/director Bridget Pickering.
Satchwell (K.) comp. YOUR LOVING SON, YUM, the letters of Grahame Alexander Munro to his family, 1915-1916
156pp., illus., maps, paperback, (Port Alfred), 2014. R100
Grahame Munro was born in 1896 on the farm Slaai Kraal outside Grahamstown. In January 1915, aged eighteen, he volunteered to serve with the South African forces in the First World War and fought in German South West Africa and German East Africa. He died of wounds in December 1916 and is buried in the Iringa Military Cemetery. This book is a collection of the letters he wrote to his family during those two years. His family deposited the letters with the Cory Library for Humanities Research at Rhodes University.

Kathleen Statchwell is a Judge of the Gauteng Division of the High Court.
Steyn (D) & Söderlund (A.) IRON FIST, South Africa's seaborne raiders 1978-1988
437pp., map, b/w & colour illus., paperback, Solihull & Rugby, 2014. R656
Rear Admiral Arnè Söderlund and Lt Col Daniël (Douw) Steyn document the seaward operations undertaken by 4 "Recce" Commando, later 4 Reconnaissance Regiment, during the Border War. The unit was responsible for attacks on strategic targets in the coastal zone such as harbour and oil facilities, transport infrastructure, navigational aids, ANC offices, and Eastern bloc merchant vessels in Angolan and Mozambican ports.
Watt (S.) THE BATTLE OF VAALKRANS, 5-7 February 1900
41pp., illus., maps, paperback, Reprint, Durban, (1999) 2014. R75
Other titles in the Battles of the Anglo-Boer War Series are:
* The Battle of Talana
* The Battle of Elandslaagte
* The Battle of Modder Spruit and Tchrengula
* The Battle of Colenso
* The Battle of Spioenkop
* Guide to the Anglo-Boer War Sites of KwaZlu-Natal
* The Siege of Ladysmith
* The Relief of Ladysmith
All these titles are available @ R75 each.

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