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Great Lakes Conflagration: The Second Congo War, 1998-2003

(Africa @ War #14)

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Great Lakes Conflagration' is the second in two volumes covering military operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the turn from the 21st century. This volume explores developments in the DRC that led to the outbreak of violence in August 1998, and systematically details the continued build-up and status of the Congolese, Rwandan and Ugandan armies, as well ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by Helion & Company
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Frédéric
Disappointing and not up to the first book, I hope this is only a mishap.

While the reasons of this 2nd Congo war are as skimmed as the operations, the author indulges himself once again with his love for aircrafts, with a minutiae that contemplates total boredom. Considering the relative few number of aircrafts involved, I can understand Cooper gives us the exact number and types but going down to serial numbers is overkill.

Still not enough maps. Don't know about you but I'm no expe
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Mike
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Great Lakes Conflagration continues the accounting of the reporting of "Africa's World War" that could be laid at the feet of the Rwandan Genocide and the events that it triggered in the neighboring Congo. Unlike the first party of the conflict, this war not only saw relatively evenly marched opponents in many ways, but also much more sophisticated levels of combat than were often seen in past wars on Congo.

The book begins with a quick refresher into how the war came into being a
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Thomas Kanyak
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Shelves: modern-war
Although this was a good account of the Second Congo War especially the incredibly bold and risky gambit by Rwanda to win the war in one bold stroke-Operation Kitona, it was marred by a almost complete lack of maps and over indulgence in photos of airplanes. 74 pictures of aircraft and three barely readable maps, in an area of the world barely familiar to most readers. Flyboy Tom Cooper should of spent a little more space on maps and less on indulging his interest in military aviation. Any milit ...more
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