Al J Venter
Pen & Sword
Reviewed by Phillip Herbert
“Cold War 1945 – 1991 Angolan War of Liberation (Colonial – Communist Clash, 1961 – 1974)” is the fourteenth book in the excellent Cold War series of books from the Pen & Sword stable covering various subjects and conflicts that were fought from the aftermath of World War Two to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact in 1991.
The book is split into ten chapters each covering a different aspect of the conflict in Angola beginning with a background of the war and a brief history of Portugal’s colonial past in Africa with its early beginnings in 1932.
The Forces from both sides are well covered, the Portuguese colonial forces including commando, airborne, air force units and the primary local military factions along with the foreign agencies such as the American CIA and Soviet KGB that supported them from behind the scenes.
The Land and air war elements of the conflict are well covered with a comprehensive chapter dedicated to each.
Both the wider war and individual actions are covered equally well giving a wealth of information for the wargamer regardless of whether it is a small skirmish action, or a larger campaign being recreated in miniature.
The book is well supported with black and white photographs and maps with eight pages of colour photographs which are extremely useful to the model maker and wargamer. Overall this is an extremely useful book for anyone who is interested in the wider cold war and specifically the proxy war between the superpowers which raged for nearly half a century much of which was fought across the African Continent. and especially useful to wargamers using rules such as “Force on Force – Bush Wars”, “AK47 Republic” and “Check Your Six – Jet Age” to cover this period generally and this conflict specifically.