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"The historical context is chaotic and complex, but some interesting military units and uniforms are covered...The author concisely recounts the convoluted history of four decades of fighting that have wreaked havoc in the Congo." --Toy Soldier and Model Figure
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Peter Abbott is a retired university lecturer. He has written or co-authored a number of Men-at-Arms titles for Osprey, including Men-at-Arms 379: Armies in East Africa 1914-18. He is particularly interested in 19th and 20th century armies that are less well known to the English-speaking reader. The author lives in Stockport, UK.
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Das Ospreyheft gibt einen guten Überblick über die Hintergründe des Kolonialkrieges, auch die UN-Einsätze zur Freidensschaffung und -Sicherung sind erklärt. Ospreytypisch alles eher oberflächlich, aber trotzdem gut für den ersten Überblick. Die Zeichnungen sind gut und aussagekräftig, wenn es um das Erscheinungsbild der Kriegsteilnehmer geht.
Durchaus ein gutes Heft in der Serie.
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Peter Aboot has done very well with the lastest Osprey Booklet he give the reader in broad strokes the war that have gone in the Congo/Zarie since 1960. I have the other three books in the series which start with the Rhodesian Bush War. It is an excellent addtion.
3.0 von 5 SternenMAWs #4 does not live up to the high standards of its predecessors5. März 2015
Colin K. Smith
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This book was a complete disappointment. While it covers the subject with necessary broad brushstrokes to encompass the period from 1960-2002, it does not meet the high standards set by the other volumes in the series (#1 Rhodesia 1965-80; #2 Angola & Mocanbique 1961-74; and #3 South-West Africa) even though this volume was edited by the incomparable Martin Windrow (known for his amazingly presented volumes of the French Colonial Wars in the Osprey Man-at-Arms and Elite series, among others.)
The book is full of statements like, "The FAZ's weakness did not stop Mobutu from trying to act as the 'Gendarme of Central Africa'. Troops were deployed in Bokassa's Central African Empire in early 1979, in Tchad in 1981-82 and again in 1983, while some joined a French intervention force in Togo in 1986 after a mercenary attack there." (p. 23) Wait,... what? When other Osprey books make statements that are not general know or from limited sources, they provide reference sources. Where did this information about Zairean Army interventions come from?
The best of the Osprey books that I have had the pleasure of reading gave example narratives of encounters/contacts with the enemy that the troops experienced in the covered conflicts as a way of putting the reader in the boots of the soldiers on the ground. This volume has none of that. While this is probably a result of the fact that this volume covers 2-3 times the number of years covered by the other volumes in the Modern African Wars series, it creates a volume that feels incomplete. It probably would have been better to break this into two separate volumes (1960-79 and 1980-2002.)
Lastly, unlike the earlier volumes in the series (and most of the earlier Osprey books), there is no final page in the book with the plate descriptions in French and German. While this is not unique to this 2014 volume (many of the newer reprints have eliminated this page as well), I always enjoyed having this page as it has allowed me to practice my skills in these languages (and helped when I have had to go to original sources in those languages.)
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James D. Crabtree
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This book looks at the uniforms, arms and fighting men of the Congo (to include mercenary, exile and secessionist groups) from the initial conflict brought on by independence in 1960 to the Great African War from 1998 to 2002. Given the small format of Osprey books there is only enough space for the barest of outlines of Congo's military history since 1960 but the essential details are included here. As always, the artwork is excellent, the maps very helpful even for those like me who have read about these conflicts before and the photos extremely interesting. A great addition for my library!
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