Michael Schmidt – Death Flight Apartheid’s secret doctrine of disappearance.
November 8, 2020
In the late 1970s, as the apartheid government fought a desperate
and dirty battle to stay in power, its security forces devised a chilling
new tactic. A shadowy, topsecret
unit called Delta 40 was
established, tasked with the murder of hundreds of ANC, PAC, and
SWAPO members. Victims’ bodies were flung from aircraft into the
Atlantic Ocean off the coast of South West Africa.
Death Flight provides the first detailed account of these sinister
missions. Seasoned investigative journalist Michael Schmidt traces
the journey of Neil Kriel, Delta 40’s first commander, from his
boyhood in Rhodesia to his dark deeds as an apartheid operative in
the 1980s. Schmidt also tracks down Kriel’s partner, Colonel Johan
Theron, and several other veteran Special Forces operators.
Based on the detailed analysis of flight logs and numerous interviews,
Death Flight sheds shocking new light on one of apartheid’s darkest
About the author
Michael Schmidt is an author, investigative journalist and defence
correspondent with more than three decades’ experience in conflict
reporting on six continents, including war correspondence work in
Guatemala, Darfur and Lebanon.
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Publication date: 03 August 2020
Format: 234mm x 152mm
Binding: Paperback / softback
Publication Date: 30 July 2020
Mobi ISBN: 9780624088622
Epub ISBN: 9780624088615
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