Monday, 13 July 2015
Ten Men Then?
When Adrienne Rolfe's team spies in enemy territory, their Indian scout detects two three-man sniper teams and, at a nearby base camp, one replacement team plus one more man to carry food between the camp and the sniper teams. Splitting up, Adrienne's team simultaneously attacks the two sniper teams while the food carrier is visiting one of them. Thus, they dispose of seven men, leaving only three men, the replacement sniper team, at the base camp?
No, there are four men back at the camp:
Dirk van Deventer;
Dirk's father, Pik;
the father of Johann, the messenger.
Is this a mistake or have I misread the text? Either way, this is an effective description of a military action and of the kind of men who live and die by such actions, including South Africans on both sides and the Indian scout.