John, your experience sounds like an adventure, but certainly a hair raising one at times for you, no doubt, and obviously a terrible outcome for many others. When I wrote the word 'obscure' I had in mind that it probably would turn out not to be so obscure for someone in this site...
I have read one of the books in this series (relating to Angola) and I think it's true to say that they are another level up from the likes of Osprey in terms of the level of detail included, as well as volume of content (though as you say, still readable in a day or two) and it is admirable that they are documenting some of these conflicts in this way.
Matthew, thank you for the comments. The death and destruction that surrounded this Operation was abhorrent. Especially early on around Lubumbashi's airport. The wounded was all around, but not allowed on airport grounds (from what I could tell, and this is a personal opinion). Perhaps purposely so the press would not embarrass the Zairian Govt. I recall a Belgian C-130 with patients in it's cargo bay, lending them a mechanical hand to fix some issue I can't recall. This is where I saw wounded on the outskirts pass that Belgian aircraft...as if it was used to mask their existence. There were at least two Zairian C-130's on the tarmac as well, plus other private aircraft. Perhaps one of the oddest natural barrier was the grass...something around 10 to 15 feet tall. It reached the bottom of our number 1 engine, which is 13 feet off the ground to the bottom of the cowl. In the end, I have a few of these books on various African conflicts. They seem to be very in depth and accurate since some of the missions I flew on the African continent are mentioned in those editions I've collected.