Platoon 3A Mechanised Ratel soldier’s story

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In 1984, as an eighteen-year-old school leaver, the author was conscripted into a chaotic world of strict order, intense discipline and subtle brain washing, moulding him into a proud well trained 1SAI Ratel soldier.

“This is a story common to tens of thousands; called up, broken down, trained and thrust into action.”
In 1984, as an eighteen-year-old school leaver, the author was conscripted into a chaotic world of strict order, intense discipline and subtle brain washing, moulding him into a proud well trained 1SAI Ratel soldier.

On the SWA/Namibian/Angolan border patrolling through the bush under heavy rainfall and extreme heat, the platoon formed unbreakable bonds of camaraderie. The sheer fear of lying in nightly ambush positions and burying massacred dead in Angola, added to the insanities of the border war.

While stemming the flow of refugees from war torn Mozambique, three soldiers from Platoon 3 were captured and held as POW’s in Maputo in the notorious former Portuguese prison, Machava. Called up as a Citizen Force mechanised soldier in 1988, the author along with some of Platoon 3 joined an armoured battle group hurriedly formed to repel two Cuban armoured brigades threatening to invade SWA/Namibia east of Ruacana.

Tim Ramsden

Tim Ramsden was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965 and was educated at Treverton College, a boarding school in Mooi River, Natal before doing his mandatory term of two years National Service. He worked as a manager in retail before embarking on a five-year backpacking adventure through thirty-five countries.

He now lives in Newmarket, Canada and continues to work in retail as a manager. He still holds a keen interest for travel, adventure and the magic of Africa, hoping one day that the love and passion for the land of his birth will rub off on to his son.

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Weight 0.8 kg
Dimensions 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.6 cm
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Pages

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Publisher30 Degrees South Publishers Publication Date26/02/2018

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