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Recce - A Collector's Guide to the History of the South African Special Forces

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Recce: A Collector's Guide to the History of the South African Special Forces

Paul Matthysen, Matthew Kalkwarf, Michael Huxtable

The quintessential professional—prepared to die for his country, but not trained to … this is the elite ‘Recce' soldier

This book has been some 15 years in the making and can claim, with some justification, to be the definitive publication on the ‘Recces', unlikely to be topped for many, many years. The South African Special Forces have invariably been portrayed as a sinister force, used in covert operations locally and abroad but this is pure political expediency and media propaganda. The unit's operators are shy, humble soldiers, whose primary role is intelligence-gathering, although they will take offensive action, ruthlessly, if necessary. Highly trained professionals in a class of their own, these elite troops have garnered for themselves an international reputation par excellence. Included in this unique book are:

• Foreword by the late Major-General F. W. Loots
• A comprehensive history of the Reconnaissance Regiments and auxiliary units
• Selection and training processes and techniques
• Insignia, kit & equipment
• Honors & awards
• Memorabilia, memorials & museums 
• 2,500 full-color images; actual-size insignia (including fakes)

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1920143416
  • ISBN-13: 9781920143411