n Journal for Contemporary History - The forward defence strategy of the South African Defence Force (SADF), 1978-1989

Volume 31, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



In 1960, the political clash of wills between the South African government and insurgent movements such as the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan African Congress (PAC) culminated in war. This war would entail a classical example of revolutionary warfare in which the insurgents strove to undermine the different power bases of the state to mobilise the international community and the population against the government.

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