By S. Weigert
This learn is the 1st complete overview of conflict in Angola to hide all 3 levels of the nation’s glossy heritage: the anti-colonial fight, the chilly warfare section, and the post-Cold struggle period. it's also the 1st to hide, intimately, the ultimate section of war in Angola, 1998-2002, culminating in Jonas Savimbi’s loss of life and the signing of the Luena Accord. writer Stephen L.Weigert bargains a arguable account of the method of guerrilla war hired by means of the Unita insurgency in addition to an evaluate of the function and importance of management in insurgency. He demanding situations the traditional view of Jonas Savimbi as a “student of Mao Zedong” and demonstrates that his technique of guerrilla conflict represented a extra complicated and nuanced variation of extra affects, particularly Colonel George Grivas of the Nineteen Fifties Cyprus insurgency. additionally, this account additionally urges the reader to think about Savimbi’s “charisma” as a personality trait which blinded and distracted many from a extra sober overview of his political dispositions (reformer or innovative) and his talents as an army commander.
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Extra resources for Angola: A Modern Military History, 1961-2002
39 Contrary to Amilcar Cabral’s observations on the conservative nature of the peasantry in Guinea-Bissau, rural Angolans demonstrated, in 1961, what Mao had realized in 1927 when he acknowledged, “The poor peasants [are] the most revolutionary group” and “without the peasant there would be no revolution. ”40 This did not necessarily mean Chinese peasants had devised a revolutionary theory of social behavior or an elaborate political agenda that envisioned a sudden transformation of society. They were, however, prepared to act, violently and precipitously, against individuals and institutions responsible for what they considered unjust conditions.
He then traveled to Zambia and met with Angolan exile groups to recruit supporters for a new nationalist movement, while awaiting China’s response to his request for assistance. Smart Chata, leader of the Angolan Chokwe Association, was sympathetic and offered to mobilize supporters in anticipation of Savimbi’s efforts to raise funds and acquire weapons. Savimbi also visited Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, North Korea, North Vietnam, and the Soviet Union, in 1964, to solicit support but found his hosts already committed to the MPLA.
19 Mulele reportedly opposed the rebellion in the east and especially the local insurgents’ August 1964 occupation of Stanleyville. 20 Mulele’s own military judgment was equally questionable, however. Encouraged by their initial successes in January 1964, Mulele’s partisans launched several ill-conceived attacks on some of the largest towns in Kwilu Province. Thwarted by the defenders’ superior firepower, these assaults proved disastrous to Mulele’s forces, which suffered more than one thousand casualties by early February 1964.
Angola: A Modern Military History, 1961-2002 by S. Weigert