The South African Navy and its predecessors
1922 – 2022
“The author builds on an impressive body of work that has spanned decades of research on the topic. This is now brought together in a seminal compendium to the history of our Navy. This book provides a most timeous, comprehensive and up to date history of the South African Navy and its predecessors.” – Cdr Leon Steyn, Officer-in Charge, SA Naval Museum, Simon’s Town
“While there are a number of books on the history of the South African Navy, this book brings them into perspective and gives an overall picture of the Navy and its development over the 100 years of its existence. What is of particular importance is the coverage of the naval diplomatic role, covering a lot more of this field than any other book.” – Rear-Adm (JG) Arnè Söderlund SAN (Ret)
ANDRÉ WESSELS is a Senior Professor (Emeritus) and a Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The history of the South African Navy and its predecessors is one of his main research focus areas. In the course of more than four decades he has published extensively in this regard.