354pp., 4to., illus., map, paperback, Third Revised Edition, Pretoria, (2009) 2013
A history of South African Defence Force Special Forces, from the establishment of the first unit in 1971 in Oudtshoorn, through the formation of five reconnaissance units (known as 'Recces'), until their disbandment as a branch of service on 31 March 1992. Special Forces carried out over 700 combat operations during the Rhodesian Bush War, the South African Border War, and the Mozambican Civil War. Post-apartheid, Special Services was re-established as Directorate of Reconnaissance Regiments under the Chief of the Army. The new South African National Defence Force was formed on 27 April 1994.
Paul Els, now retired, was an airborne soldier in the South African Defence Force.