Here’s a volume I must have, though it’s likely I’ll have to source it from across the Pond.
Working from modern-day maps to ensure topographical accuracy, the Atlas covers pretty much every significant action in both the conventional and guerrilla phases of the war, with maps showing events on tactical, operational and strategic levels. There are also numerous diagrams, ORBATs and photos, both modern-day and contemporary.
Those of you who share my fascination with the Southern Africa frontier will likely know Ash from his excellent volume on the Matabele Wars. He does really good work and his writing is entertaining, though the over-the-top pro-British jingoism and the anti-PC preening gets tedious when he starts laying it on with a trowel. He’s still at it with the Atlas.
Of course, as it does not blindly parrot the Apartheid-regime-approved version of events, I am sure it will provoke the normal storm of faux-outrage from the usual gaggle of idiots who will feign offence without even reading it. We can also look forward to a couple of embittered so-called academics being dug-up to write ‘reviews’ in which they point out a spelling mistake, and maybe even a few more death threats from the lunatic fringe of South Africa’s Far Right.
The man is a character and obviously enjoys poking his finger in various eye sockets. That may be good sport, but it ultimately cheapens the work, which is, as I noted, quite excellent. He describes himself thus…
Chris ‘Bulldog’ Ash grew up in the Shetland Isles and studied at Aberdeen University. After a brief and undistinguished dalliance with the British Army (Lovat Scouts and Gordon Highlanders), he drove his Land Rover to South Africa and decided to stay. Since then, he has worked in oil and mineral exploration all over Africa and the Middle East. He currently works between Johannesburg and Iraq.
More of Ash at http://www.chrisash.co.za/