n Journal for Contemporary History - The shaping of the South African soldier, 1510 - 2008




The process which shaped the modern South African soldier can be traced back to a specific date - 29 February 1510 - when a short but bloody little action was fought on the shores of Table Bay between about 150 armed Portuguese sailors under the outgoing viceroy of Portuguese India, Dom Francisco d'Almeida, and a group of Khoina clansmen, about the same number, led by a kraal headman whose name has long since been lost, if it had ever been recorded in the first place.


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