Charlie Squadron - the iron fist of the South African Defense Force's 61 Mechanised Battalion Group - led the way on 3 October 1987 during the climactic battle on the Lomba River in Southern Angola.
Not only were they up against a vastly superior force in terms of numbers and weaponry, but they also had to deal with a terrain so dense that both their movement and sight were severely impaired. Despite this, the squadron nearly wiped out the Angolan forces' 47 Brigade. In Battle on the Lomba, the reader is taken to the heart of the action in a dramatic recreation based on interviews, diary entries and Facebook contributions by members of Charlie Squadron. It is an intensely human story of how individuals react in the face of death.
Dr Leopold Scholtz is a senior journalist, political commentator and a highly regarded military expert. He was deputy editor of Die Burger until 2007 and is currently the European correspondent for Media24's Afrikaans dailies. Scholtz obtained his doctor's degree from the University of Leiden and is currently a research fellow at the University of Stellenbosch. He has written four books and over 40 academic articles, most of which are about military history. He was a captain in the Reserve Force of the South African Army until recently. His books include "Beroemde Suid-Afrikaanse Krygsmanne", "Generaal Christiaan de Wet as Veldheer" and "Waarom die Boere die oorlog verloor het".