What a terrific product and my warmest congratulations to you all on what I consider, to be a fabulous addition to the growing book collection of our stories. As I said in an earlier mail, your thoughtfulness in including the Roll of Honor is deeply appreciated for those of us who served and I hope it makes new readers reflect on the sacrifice those young men made. I often wonder if the families who lost their sons and fathers felt special when they received their TV set and the little troopie statue....!?? ... I would like to say here that I am deeply honored that my painting has been used for this publication. I have many, many pieces published and used in various ways all around the globe, but this one is for me, the most personal.
I have just finished reading the book Ops medic and its quite good. (Far better than an Unpopular War). What really impressed me though was the Roll of Honour at the back and the write up by Peter Stiff .At last someone has published the names of the men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, some of whom I recognized. Off the top of my head I am sure Lt R W Glynn(a pilot ) and Cmdt. J C du Randt (a forward artillery observer) were shot down in a Bosbok in Angola during an op (is that not classed as killed in action?). I definitely would really appreciate a book with a little write up on each individual soldier who died in combat - I think more so than a name on a wall, it would imortalize a lot of forgotten men and maybe give closure or dignity to their loved ones. I dont know about its profitability or the logistics involved but that would definitely be a private memorial to thousands of families. Unlike' an Unpopular War' this will be the stories of the dead, and dead men don't lie. Thanks for listening, I was a gunner and later an 81 mortarist in a Ratel with 61 Mech and was involved with Ops moduler 1987. For some unknown reason I kept a diary of my three months in Angola along with a load of photos and other bits and pieces. One day I have promised myself to rewrite it so my kids can read it and understand what happened there.