Cuito Cuanavale

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This book is a follow-up to Bush War: The Road to Cuito Cuanavale, which provided, for the first time, personal, firsthand accounts of the military conflict and civil war in Angola, as told by Soviet advisers to the Angolan army. This volume concentrates on the climax of this conflict: the months-long battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1987 and ’88, the largest military engagement on African soil since the Second World War. There, South African forces came to blows with Angolan FAPLA troops and their Cuban allies in a battle whose outcome is still hotly debated. The Soviet soldiers’ experience of the war and their views and assessment of their South African enemies as well as their Cuban and Angolan allies will surprise and fascinate as they offer new insights into the conflict.


G. Shubin is a senior researcher for the Institute for African Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has published 17 books (nine of them coauthored) including three books on modern South Africa’s history, six books on the Anglo-Boer War 1899–1902, two books on South Africa’s army and military industry, and six books of memoirs about the Angolan war. I. Zhdarkin is the author of We Did Not See It Even in Afghanistan: Memoirs of a Participant of the Angolan War and is a retired lieutenant-colonel and a veteran of wars in Angola and Mozambique. He participated in three UN peace missions in Angola and is a freelance interpreter in Portugese and English. V. Barabulya is a veteran of the Angolan war who works as an interpreter in German and Portuguese. A. Kuznetsova-Timonova is a researcher at the Historical Institute of the Belorussian Academy of Sciences.