Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction: Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Africa / History & Politics South Africa
Nie-fiksie / Non-fiction - Politiek & Geskiedenis Suid Africa / History & Politics South Africa
South Africa‟s Union Defence Force played an important part in World War II and also made tremendous sacrifices. By early 1941 South Africa had 30 000 troops in East Africa, where it helped drive the Italians out of Abyssinia and Somalia. This campaign was mere prelude to the operations it would conduct as part of the British Eighth Army against Erwin Rommel‟s Afrika Korps in North Africa. In November 1941 the battle-hardened Afrika Korps decimated a South African force at Sidi Rezegh in Libya.
Six weeks later, South Africans captured the ports of Bardia and Sollum, after Rommel withdrew to the west. Rommel regrouped and attacked again, driving the South Africans and British back toward the vital port of Tobruk. The situation was tenuous at best…