The Search for Puma 164

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Title: The Search For Puma 164
Subtitle: Operation Uric and the Assault on Mapai
Author: Neill Jackson and Rick van Malsen
Publisher: 30 Degrees South Publishers (2011)
ISBN-10: 1920143572
ISBN-13: 9781920143572
Condition: Very Good. Top right corners bumped.
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.5 cm

Weight: 0.74 kg

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September 6, 1979 a lone Puma helicopter flies northward, leaving behind the desolation of the battle for Mapai, in Mozambique's Gaza Province. Huddled in the cabin, two weary soldiers sit silently immersed in their own thoughts, contemplating the difficult duties ahead.
WOII Graham Enslin, CSM, Support Commando, is struggling to come to terms with the death in action of his younger brother Brian. The other, Lt Rick van Malsen BCR, 2IC, 1 Commando, works through the list of the names of the 16 men who died with Trooper Brian Enslin when a South African Air Force Puma was shot out of the sky during the assault on the Frelimo and ZANLA stronghold at Mapai. It will be his job to send out the official death notices and to advise the next of kin that the bodies of the three South African airmen and 14 Rhodesian soldiers were not recovered. Both men vow that night, to one day return to the scene of the crash to pay proper tribute to the fallen men.
And so it was, almost 30 years later, that Rick van Malsen returns to the scene of that horrendous battle, to search for the crash site of the downed Puma.. This is a story of courage and devotion to duty but, above all, it is a story of comradeship and loyalty undimmed by the passage of time; a band of brothers bonded together in war, still united in peace.


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