The Rhodesian Soldier

Excellent extract from my co-authored book, North of the Red Line, including a couple of my national service photos and an author's profile listing all my books. 

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Due for release by Pen and Sword Books in 2018. 

From August 1940, Hitler’s Luftwaffe mercilessly and indiscriminately bombed cities and towns in Britain. The historic city of Coventry did not escape the carnage as, night after night, high-explosive and incendiary ​bombs rained down on this production centre of cars, munitions and aero engines.

Staggering under the immeasurable cost of the ‘good fight’, post-war Britain was immediately confronted with an imploding empire, where overseas territories over which the Crown held varying levels of control clamoured for self-determination. (link)

Released June 2017. Available from Pen and Sword Books:

Due for release by Pen and Sword Books in June 2018.

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In June 1941, Adolf Hitler, whose loathing of Slavs and Jewish Bolsheviks know no bounds, launched Operation Barbarossa, throwing 4,000,000 military personnel, supported by tanks, artillery and aircraft into the Soviet Union. Operational groups of the German Security Service, SD, followed into the Baltic and the Black Sea area. Their orders: neutralize or exterminate elements hostile to Nazi domination – the ‘final solution’ was activated.

Due for release by Pen and Sword Books in 2018. 

From 1890 and throughout its history, the men of Internal Affairs were bound by an intense loyalty to each other, combined with a deep understanding of the tribal people in their charge. Their greatest strengths were individuality and self-reliance, strengths that were called upon to the fullest during the rebellions of 1896–97, and again in the conflict of the 1970s...(link)

For interested overseas parties, an electronic version will be available. Hard copies will be made available in the UK ONLY on a print-to-order basis. 
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In October 1944, the US Office of Strategic Services described the Irgun Tsvai Leumi –  National Military Organization, – as ‘an underground, quasi-military organization with headquarters in Palestine … fanatical Zionists who wish to convert Palestine and Transjordan into an independent Jewish state … advocate the use of force both against the Arabs and the British to achieve this maximal political goal’.

Due for release by Pen and Sword Books in 2018. 

In May 2017, I was honoured to be asked by Hennie Heymans, a retired brigadier of the former South African Police (SAP), to become a regular columnist in Nongqai, a top-quality, full-colour electronic magazine compiled and published by him.

​A visit to their recently launched website, South African Mirror – managed by webmaster Glenn Elsden – is an absolute must for anyone with even the slightest interest in things military! (link)

As a published author of non-fiction, I know how difficult it can be to source top-quality graphic images for my books. That was until I teamed up with very dear friend and fellow historian, Colonel Dudley Wall, as my only source for all my graphic military material. We would like to offer this service to you.  Please see my Graphics Services page.

Two years after landing on English soil in 1066, William of Normandy erected a strategic castle at Nottingham, thereby creating an enduring military nexus through to the modern era. (link)

Released July 2017. Available from Pen and Sword Books:

China. 1949: two vast armies prepare for a final showdown that will decide Asia’s future. One is led by Mao Tse-tung and his military strategists Zhou Enlai and Zhu De. Hardened by years of guerrilla warfare, armed and trained by the Soviets, and determined to emerge victorious, the People’s Liberation Army is poised to strike from its Manchurian stronghold. Opposing them are the teetering divisions of the Kuomintang, the KMT.

Released by Pen and Sword Books in January 2018. ​​

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Exciting stuff - I'm delighted to be in the prestigious SOF. Thanks also to my co-author Hanlie Snyman Wroth.

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With a pathological hatred of the other’s ideology that had spawned total mistrust, the paucity of belief in a non-aggression pact between Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin in a short space of time catapulted the two nations into a bitter conflagration of Biblical proportions. (link)

Released May 2017. Available from Pen and Sword Books:

Detailed accounts and maps of local and foreign conflicts in which Sheffield’s citizens in uniform participated.      Selected honours and awards, together with citations for bravery. Biographies of military personnel. A look at memorials and buildings – silent symbols and custodians of Sheffield’s proud military history.

Released by Pen and Sword Books in November 2017.

Revealing accounts of preparation, mobilization and engagement from hitherto Top Secret War Office and United Nations documents. Anecdotal first-hand experiences from the first in the field deployed to save the south from the North Korean onslaught. South Korea, the West and the UN caught totally unawares as North Korean forces swept across the 38th Parallel in a blitzkrieg-style invasion of the south. The is the first of six volumes on the Korean War.

Released by Pen and Sword Books in February 2018.​

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Welcome to my website.

Since coming to the UK in 1999, my work on Rhodesia’s military history has grown from a casual interest to a full-blown passion for researching and recording elements of this legacy. Along with this has been the acquisition of an extensive library and the establishment of a comprehensive range of on-line and networked documentary sources.  

I undertake freelance copy-editing and proofreading work and welcome enquiries. The titles that I have worked on appear in the Books section.

I have expanded my research services, whereby I receive requests for information about a certain member who had served with the armed forces, particularly in the two world wars.  In order to cover direct expenses and my own time, I charge a nominal fee. See my
Research page.

As a published author of non-fiction, I know how difficult it can be to source top-quality graphic images for my books. That was until I teamed up with very dear friend and fellow historian, Colonel Dudley Wall, as my only source for all my graphic military material. If you Google my name, or visit Pen & Sword Books and Amberley Publishing, you will find my books.We would like to offer this service to you and the Graphic Services page has several examples of the types of work we're able to offer.

Finally, I would like to offer my website as a place where your book can be promoted. Under the Books menu, we have inserted a sub-section titled Guest Books. We will need a high-res image of the book cover and a 100-word blurb on the book. Preference will be given to books about Rhodesia, and we reserve the right to decide on what we insert. All that it will cost you is a copy of your book for my library!

Enjoy your visit and please contact me if you have anything specific in mind, and I will endeavour to assist where I am able.

Gerry van Tonder