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Friday, 16 August 1989: Artillery support for the 5 Recce tank-hunting teams
Sierra Battery (120 mm) was to move to a position two kilometres south-west of the Mianei Source on 16 August, and Papa Battery (MRL) to 5 Recce's headquarters on 17 August. Both batteries would then support the tank-hunting parties with fire, operating independently but under the overall command of Commandant Johan Du Randt....
From the Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel Igor Anatolevich Zhdarkin

G-5 guns in Angolan Bush


The Final South African Phase of the War In Angola : September 1987 - June 1988

South African intelligence picked up clear signs that Fapla was building up forces in the 6th Military Region at Cuito Cuanavale early in 1987. Daily shipments of equipment from the Soviet Union increased Fapla’s overall tank strength to over 500 and included T-62 and T-55 tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles. Mig-23 fighters, SU-22 ground attack aircraft, Mi-24, Mi-25, and Mi-35 combat helicopters, and Mi-8 and Mi-17 assault helicopters increased the Angolan Air Force fleet to about 80 fighters and 123 helicopters. 

Fapla was concentrating the strongest and best-equipped force yet in the Cuito Cuanavale area, clearly demonstrating their intend to launch a major offensive against Unita’s base areas in south-eastern Angola during 1987. Unita requested support from the South Africans to assist in stopping this offensive, an agreement to this effect being reached on 1 May 1987.

Intending a low-profile intervention with minimum forces, the SADF only initially committed to liaison teams and artillery support on the ground, while using reconnaissance teams and particularly 32 Battalion (a SADF unit formed out of Angolan ex-FNLA guerrillas with white South African officers) for monitoring, delaying and harassment purposes.

It was soon clear that a significantly bigger commitment of South African forces would be required to stop the offensive.

20 SA Brigade was formed and Operation Moduler kicked off in August 1987, with the purpose of stopping the Fapla offensive…

The scene is set for some of the most intense and largest series of battles of South African forces since World War 2!

Join us as we re-fight this series of battles with 6mm (1/300th scale) miniatures. Watch this space as the first contact between conventional SADF and FAPLA forces occurs once again...

For further information on our re-fights or to join in future games, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Johan Schoeman Cell: +27 +(0)72 409-6271 Email:

Units of the day
28 Squadron SAAF
Used the C-130 Hercules and C-160 transall in the Medium- and Short-Range Tactical Air Support/Search and Rescue roles.
8 Squadron SAAF
8 Squadron (8 SQN) was formed in February 1942 but was disbanded seven months later in August 1942 and was never operationally deployed during the war. In 1951, the squadron was re-constituted at Bloemspruit as the Citizen Force element of 24 Squadron flying Harvards. In 1973 the unit was converted to Impala Mk I's and in November 1974 became the first squadron to be equipped with Impala Mk IIs. It was employed in the light attack role during the South African Border War. In 1994 the unit was designated as one of the four remaining fighter units after the 1994 Defense Force rationalisation program.
Service/Corps/Branch of the day

South African Engineer Corps - SAEC

Ubique - Everywhere

Book Review of the day

Warfare By Other Means: South Africa In The 1980's, by Peter Stiff

Warfare by Other Means is not an apologia — it is a history, much of it oral and straight from the mouths of those involved. It tells of the actions of the SADF, performed within South Africa with the authority of the National Party Government through the State Security Council, during the ‘‘total onslaught’’ years.
It tells how it joined a disastrous attempt by Colonel Mike Hoare’s mercenaries to overthrow the Renéé regime in the Seychelles because it was ‘‘an anti-communist coup going beg...
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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

25-pdr G-1 gun firing
The Garrison
Just Done Productions
South African Infantry Association
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32 Battalion Veterans Association
SA Special Forces League
SA Forces Club 1912-1994
SA Roll Of Honour
Airborne Soldier
Sentinel Projects
SA Department Of Defence
SA Army
Roan's Collection of SADF Uniforms
SADF's Border War
Union of Russian Veterans of Angola (translated)
Union of the Russian Veterans of Angola (Russian)
Ministério dos Antigos Combatentes e Vateranos de Guerra - Angola
The Soviet Military Awards Page Forum - Africa
Parliament of RSA - Commemorating Cuito Cuanavle
61 Mechanised Battalion Group Veterans Association
South Africa's Bush War Veterans Association
The South African Military History Society
SA Bushwar Page
Cuban Forums about the War of Angola
South African Defence Force Association
SA Sappers
Russia-South Africa Business Council
The Unofficial Website On The South African Air Force
SADF Living History Group
South African Military Veterans Organisation of Australasia
Jim Hooper's site
31/201 Bushmen Battalion
The Selous Scouts
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The SADF, the border war and Bethlehem's Sappers
Council of Military Veterans’ Organisations of South Africa
Legion of Associated Airborne RSA (LAARSA)
Southern Africa Arms and Ammunition Collectors Association (GAUTENG)
Southern Africa Arms and Ammunition Collectors Association (CAPE)
Ukrainian Union of the Veterans of Angola
Angola: Namibe, Lubango, Luanda, Menongue, Cuito Cuanavale
SA War Graves Project
South African Military Veterans Organisation of the USA
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Announcements - Also see older announcements
Headline of the day: Chief-Minister murdered! - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SWAPO planned to obtain members of the Owambo Board as hostages for exchange for SWAPO captives. Thus, from the beginning of 1975, they planned to kidnap Captain (Chief-Minister) Elifas, Minister Ndjoba and the Reverend Kalangula, all people of considerable standing in Owambo, in order to disrupt the constitutional discussions, the Turnhalle Conference, which was to start on 1 September 1975. This resulted in the murder of Chief-Minister Elifas on 16 August 1975. This terror deed sent shockwaves through Owamboland, while the South African Defence Force went ahead with plans for an offensive north of the border, which was already in an advanced stage.

But even this did not prevent Owambo leaders from attending the Turhalle Conference.   read more...

Specifications and photos of the Soviet BTS-2 Armoured Recovery Vehicle - Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Soviet tracked armoured recovery vehicle - tractor unit BTS-2 based on the T-54, adopted in 1951 which completely changed the body design of the roof.   read more...
Specifications of the LRAC-89 Anti-Tank Free-Flight Missile Launcher - Thursday, May 18, 2017
A French missile launcher with missile jointly developed by Somchem, as a low-weight anti-tank weapon with considerable strike effect.
Post your comments and feedback here...  

Detail Specifications of the QF 88mm G-1 Field Gun (or 25-pounder!) - Friday, March 31, 2017
South African 88mm light artillery gun, better known as the British 25pounder of World War 2 fame...

Post your comments and feedback on the G-1 88 mm Light Gun here.   read more...

Operation Angling, 1987 - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
It was clear to SA foirces that the enemy were going to remain on the eastern side of the Cuito River unless they were forced to withdraw. But the existing SA troops had to be home before Christmas 1987. New troops had to come in and take over the operation. The old troops, comprising of the SWA infrastructure, SWA Scheduled troops, and MODULER troops had to be relieved!   read more...
VIDEO: Into Angola, by Al J. Venter - Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Documentary "Into Angola" by Al J Venter about the South African incursion into Angola in 1981-1982.   read more...
Operation Seiljag 4, 1978 - Thursday, January 19, 2017
Operation seiljag 4The start of the year found Charlie Company [of 32 Battalion] deployed between beacons 26 and 29, with all patrols confined to Owamboland. Explicit orders had been issued that no one was to cross into Angola without prior authorisation. It didn't take long for SWAPO to figure out that hot pursuit operations had become a thing of the past, and they adapted their tactics accordingly, attacking temporary bases situated closest to the border, then immediately withdrawing into Angola.   read more...
Operation Fox, 1983 - Sunday, December 25, 2016
Operation FoxIt was known that SA-8 batteries were positioned about 2 kms South West of the town [of Cahama], close to the road to Ediva. A sub-operation within Askari was Operation Fox. This called for a combined effort of ground and air forces to bomb and bombard in such a pattern, that the SA-8 batteries would be forced to change their position by moving to the south. The idea was to drive them out of the protective ring surrounding Cahama, into the vicinity of FAPLA's AAA defensive sites in the area of Ediva. Once in this area a concerted effort by the ground forces, (both Army and Recce), was to attempt to capture an SA-8 system. This section of the overall Askari plan, was given top priority.   read more...
The Battle of Eheke, 28 October 1977 - Friday, October 28, 2016
Tactical headquarters ordered the rifle companies to bombard Eheke 2 as soon as the Special Forces were ready to attack Eheke 1. At 15h10 the bombardment began, and ten minutes later nine platoons started advancing on the target in attack formation, while Pumas flew in to evacuate the dead and wounded and replenish the dangerously low water supply   read more...
Operation Kropduif, 1977 - Another Perspective - Thursday, September 08, 2016
Operation KropduifDuring Operation BUCKSAW, approximately 6 months before Operation KROPDUIF, it had been detected that there was a major SWAPO base some six kilometres north-west of Chana Golf in Southern Angola. Aerial reconnaissance photographs of the base had been taken, and documents captured at Tofima during Operation SEILJAG 3 confirmed that there was a SWAPO regimental headquarters at Ohaipete, or Eheke. This operation turned out a big disappointment to SADF soldiers, with the loss of many lives. Intimately in de-briefings and pub stories it was intimated that the blame lay with the SAAF for an incorrect drop of a group of Recce Operators. It is interesting to note that between the two stories there is even conflict in dates and times. So what else could have been wrong?   read more...
The Bulldog Armoured Personnel Carrier - Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Developed as a replacement for the Buffel armoured personnel carrier in 1982, the Bulldog was based on the South African developed SAMIL 20 truck chassis. Like the Buffel, the Bulldog is open topped with the driver in a separate compartment at the front and the troops carried in a blast resistant compartment at the rear. Unlike the Buffel, the two compartments, in the Bulldog, are linked.   read more...
Cactus Surface-to-Air Missile System - Monday, August 08, 2016
A fully automatic all-weather low-level SAM system developed for South Africa by two French firms in 1969. It can fire four R-400 missiles. The system consists of two components. A 4x4 vehicle for transport, equipped with 4 launchers, a tracking radar is located between the launchers. A second 4x4 vehicle carries the Acquisition and Co-ordination Unit.   read more...
Blesbok Mine-Protected Supply Vehicle - Monday, July 04, 2016
See Specifications of the Blesbok, as well as Levan Pozvonkyan's nice collection of photos   read more...
OPERATION HANDSAK, 1981-1982 - Saturday, April 09, 2016

From 12 October 1981 to 30 May 1982, a series of operations took place under the umbrella of Handsak (handbag), with companies being deployed for five weeks at a stretch. The first deployment covered the area east of Cahama as far north as Techipa and Peu Peu, but no major bases or large concentrations of SWAPO were located, only occasional groups of three to five men. By mid-October, intelligence sources reported a large SWAPO base for 300 men west of the bridge and south of the river at Cahama.   read more...

The Zebra Mine-Protected Cargo Truck - Monday, March 14, 2016
The Zebra was developed as a mine-protected logistical truck on the Bedford truck's chassis in the 1970's. 81 Zebras were manufactured.   read more...
The Military Sectors of South-West Africa - Sunday, February 21, 2016
The SADF divided South-West Africa into 7 Military Sectors, three of which were Operational Sectors under direct SADF-control (1Ø, 2Ø, and 7Ø) and four others that were under the control of the SWATF (3Ø, 4Ø, 5Ø, and 6Ø). The three Frontline Sectors were used for the massing of forces in preparation for external operations into Angola, acting as a buffer with the rest of the territory and reaction to immediate threats.   read more...
OPERATION FORTE, 1985 - Thursday, February 11, 2016

With the JMC in full swing around Cuvelai and regular deployments of 32 Battalion, it became increasingly evident that SWAPO was capitalising on the agreement negotiated by the politicians by infiltrating the so-called 'free zone'. In the absence of a mechanism to control 'free-zone' activity, the South African authorities took clandestine steps to determine whether SWAPO was re-establishing itself in areas controlled by FAPLA. For political reasons, troops from 32 Battalion would masquerade as members of UNITA under the banner of 154 Battalion.   read more...

The Ribbok Mine-Resistant Patrol Vehicle - Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A light mine-resistant patrol utility vehicle built during the 1970s, mainly for the South African Police and some were sold to civilians living in mine-infested areas.   read more...
The Hotnotsgod Armoured Mine-Clearing Vehicles - Monday, February 08, 2016
The Hotnotsgod was the first South African mine-clearing vehicle, and was an Armoured Mine-Detecting Clearing Vehicle used by the SA Engineers Corps. It was designed to detonate mines with its multiple sets of wheels. In suitable conditions it can push a set of 20 rakes, which penetrate the soil to a depth of 10 cm. In the event of a mine detonation, the wheels can be repaired in about 20 minutes. The vehicle can be operated by remote control in high-risk areas. Remote control is via cable link or by radio for distances up to 500m. Thirteen of the vehicles were purchased by the SADF in the 1970's   read more...
The Hyena Patrol Vehicle - Sunday, February 07, 2016
The grand-daddy of Mine-Protected Vehicles. With this vehicle the South African expertise in mine-protected vehicles started in 1970.   read more...
The Hippo Armoured Personnel Carrier - Friday, January 29, 2016
The Hippo was a mine-protected APC (Armoured Personal Carrier) of the South African Army during the Border War. It was South Africa's first mine protected APC and is no longer in service. They were used by both the SA Police and SA Defence Force, mostly in SWA/Namibia.The Hippo was introduced in 1974 after it was found that the South African Army had the need for a mine protected vehicle. The Hippo was not a wholly South African built vehicle, but made use of the chassis, engine and some other components of the Bedford truck, which were married to an armoured troop compartment. The cumbersome Hippo Mk1 R's were mounted on old Bedford truck chassis (1961) and were later followed by the M-series which were based on new Bedford chassis. It was an interim vehicle replaced by the Buffel in the late 1970's.   read more...
The Unimog - Thursday, January 28, 2016
The Unimog is a popular range of multi-purpose auto four-wheel drive medium trucks produced by Mercedes-Benz and in use by many armies in the world. The 406 and 416 are similar, The 416 having a longer 2,900 mm (110 in) wheelbase compared to 2,380 mm (94 in) for the 406.   read more...
The Bosvark - Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Bosvark was an interim patrol vehicle created by fitting a mine-resistant armoured 'dish' to the troop compartment, and steel plates to the cab of a Unimog. In 1974, 54 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 416-162 chassis had hastily converted into Bosvark by 61 Base Workshops in Pretoria. Bosvark offered limited landmine protection to the crew, but compensated for this with good off-road mobility. Post your comments and feedback on the Bosvark here...   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 23 - Friday, December 04, 2015
The one-hundred-and-first newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 23, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Askari, 1983, Part 3; Operation Carrot 1980; The 1980 infiltrations, Part 6; The second article of a series about the capture of Benguela, Lobito and Novo Redondo during Operation Savannah - 'A temporary headquarters at Catengue'; The tenth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Gathering of information; Featured Equipment: The BM-24 240mm Multiple Rocket Launcher ; The twenty-first part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino; and This past week: "Somewhere on the Border..." Registered Users can download the standard version now.   read more...
THE OPERATION DOLFYN INCIDENT - Sunday, October 18, 2015
Refight of the 12 June 1983 incident when Battle Group Bravo encountered SWAPO Special Unit elements in their base south of Cuvelai. Participants are : Nicholas Smuts (SADF: Commanding Officer of Battle Group Bravo); Johan Schoeman (SWAPO Special Unit Commander)   read more...
VIDEO and DVD available: What happened at Cuito Cuanavale? - Thursday, September 24, 2015
The full two-hour presentation that had been presented at Natal Mounted Rifles, Durban by Johan Schoeman and Douw Steyn on 29 August 2015 on the subject "What happened at Cuito Cuanavale?", is now available as a High Quality streaming online video for a nominal amount, or can be ordered as a PAL-format DVD.   read more...
Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SADF Wall of Remembrance 2015 - Tuesday, June 02, 2015
The Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance was held on Sunday, 31 May 2015 to commemorate the members of the SA Defence Force who died in the performance of service during the period 31 May 1961 and 27 April 1994.   read more...
OPERATION SAVANNAH MAP: Battle Group Alpha leads the advance to Quilengues - Friday, May 01, 2015
Expecting that the enemy would still be unaware of Battle Group Alpha’s advance, Commandant Linford sent a combat team forward to Cacula the next morning. But the combat team ran into well-prepared enemy positions south of the town. Later it was discovered that the enemy had prepared open fields of fire for anti-tank weapons and had dug well-prepared trenches manned by around fifty FAPLA-soldiers. 82mm and 75mm recoilless guns as well as 82mm mortars had also been deployed. This all indicated military-proficiency not previously displayed by the MPLA-forces without external help. Fortunately, the terrain had not been chosen well.   read more...
OPERATION TAMBOTIE, 1976 - Thursday, April 30, 2015
For the first few months of 1976, operations were conducted on an area defence/patrol system, with only verbal orders being issued. On 28 April, Colonel Breytenbach issued the first formal order for deployment - Operational Order No. 1, aimed at preventing FAPLA from occupying Mpupa and the area south to Calai.   read more...
VIDEO: A Tribute to Tumpo 3 - Monday, March 23, 2015
This is a video tribute to the men involved in the third SADF attack on the Tumpo Triangle defences east of Cuito Cuanavale on 23 March 1988, the three tanks we lost on that day, their crews and those that supported them, and especially the men that accompanied them and died with them. This is also a tribute to the HALO Trust teams which to this day does sterling work clearing some of the minefields in the area. And this is to say THANKS to the members of the Angolan, Mozambican and African WAR RELICS.Facebook Group and especially the crews of the OPERATION 53 expedition that had just returned from Angola, Thanks, Shaun Tosen, Andre van Tonder, and the other four members that had made this epic journey!   read more...
“An Unpopular War” 900x600mm High Quality Poster - Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Mark Raats has created this SPECIAL EDITION high quality 900mm x 600mm poster of his original artwork, “An Unpopular War”, SPECIFICALLY and EXCLUSIVELY for the users of This is the same painting which has proven such a direct hit in the form of the complimentary “OUMAN“ sticker we have been sending out to all SADF Veterans. Now only available to order from BUSH WAR BOOKS   read more...
PROJECT PACKER: Recreation of the last attack on the Tumpo Triangle - Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Recreating this last big attack of SADF forces on the FAPLA/Cuban defences in the Tumpo Triangle east of Cuito Cuanavale on 23 March 1988. This was done for display at Fort iKapa during the POPPY DAY RUN 2014 of the Hell's Angels on 8 November 2014. See the Preparations, slideshow and more photos   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 22 - Monday, December 08, 2014
The one-hundredth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 22, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Askari, 1983, Part 2; Operation Carrot 1980; The 1980 infiltrations, Part 5; The first article of a series about the capture of Benguela, Lobito and Novo Redondo during Operation Savannah - 'Combat Group Alpha leads the advance to Quilengues'; The second part of the ninth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Communication flights and supply via air; Featured Equipment: The S700 Meteorological Ground Station; The twentieth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino; and This past week: "Somewhere on the Border..." Registered Users can download the standard version now.   read more...
SA FORCES: The Counter-Insurgency Infantry Battalion - Friday, August 15, 2014
Infantry plays a dominant role in COIN-operations because the inherent characteristics of the infantry makes infantry ideally suited for their deployment in any COIN task under any circumstances, with or without support from other combat services. The infantry unit that had been specifically established for this role is the COIN battalion   read more...
SA FORCES: The Mechanised Infantry Battalion - Thursday, August 07, 2014
The organisation, personal weapons and equipment of the mechanised infantry battalion differ from the motorised infantry battalion, but the functions of each element remain the same. See the Diagram of Organisation. The major differences are discussed   read more...
SA FORCES: The Motorised Infantry Battalion - Wednesday, August 06, 2014
The motorised infantry battalion comprises of a battalion headquarters, support company, three rifle companies and added elements namely, a signals troop, light workshop troop, medical personnel, health personnel and a chaplain.   read more...
SA FORCES: The Infantry Battalion - Tuesday, August 05, 2014
The infantry battalion is a self-maintained unit which can operate independently under certain conditions. Infantry should not be studied in isolation. Only by studying the integration and close cooperation with other combat and support services will infantry come to its own right and will its capabilities fully exploited.   read more...
EQUIPMENT: Development of the G-6 - Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The G5 fulfilled most of South Africa's artillery requirements but, towed behind the SAMIL 100, it did not have the cross-country ability of the Ratel, the SA Army's infantry combat vehicle. With the G5, the projectile could be fired over a long distance and with great accuracy, but in the type of bush war fought by South Africa in Angola, mobility was essential. Therefore the need arose for a self-propelled version of the G5.   read more...
An Organisational Review of UNITA, 1984 - Tuesday, July 29, 2014
A study of the extremely sophisticated political origins and structure of Jonas Savimbi's guerrilla organisation. UNITA has owed its formation, growth, survival and ultimate success chiefly to the talents and efforts of one man - Jonas Malheiro Savimbi. Perhaps no other political party or movement in the modern era has been so dominated by a single individual. To a very real extent, the history of UNlTA is the life story of Savimbi.   read more...
VIDEO: Road to Cuito Cuanavale - "Нас там быть не могло" - Thursday, July 24, 2014
(With English subtitles) This is record film about Russian military advisers and specialists of army of Angola which battled against an apartheid in the period of 1986-1989. The film demonstrates all stages of way of the military advisers to plaсe of deploying for job in Cuito Cuanavale, after the moment of arrival to Angola.   read more...
RUSSIAN MUSIC VIDEO: "We could not be there." A. Polyvinyl song. - Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Anthem of the Union Veterans of Angola, words and documentary footage translator assault brigade Cuito Cuanavale polyvinyl Alexander ("Sanchez"), arrangement of Sergei Laktionova, Ivan takes Zhulidov, installation Eugene Ponafidin.   read more...
OPERATION RADBRAAK, 1987 - Wednesday, July 16, 2014
On 21 June 1987, 291 men from Bravo, Delta and Foxtrot companies, the 81-mm mortar and 14,5-mm anti-aircraft platoons, two reconnaissance teams and 119 members of the support element, ranging from medical to logistics personnel, [all of 32 Battalion,] were deployed around Cafima,   read more...
EMBLEMS OF SOUTH AFRICAN UNITS - Thursday, July 10, 2014
All the emblems of South African Forces, usually worn as flashes on the top of both arms of the uniform, have been added to a couple of pages, each emblem linked to the Unit Profile of that unit. The first page contains all those units and emblems which I have reasonably managed to match. The second page contains all those units of which I either don't have emblems of, or at least have a theoretical mock-up of. Still very much a Work In Progress. Your help herewith is very much appreciated! A Work in Progress...   read more...
OPERATION PROTEA: The Diary of Tatiana Khoudoyerko - Saturday, June 21, 2014
Published in English with the kind permission of the author and the Russian Veterans of Angola, this is the story of Tatiana Khoudoyerko, the wife of a Russian adviser in Angola during the South African attacks on Xangongo and Ongiva during Operation Protea in August 1981. A mind-blowing account "FROM THE OTHER SIDE!"   read more...
GALLERY Dawid Lotter's Personal Photo Gallery: Bravo Coy / 81 mm Mort / Atk 1986 - Monday, June 16, 2014
A selection of photos of Bravo Company, the 81 mm mortar platoon and antitank platoon of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group in training during 1986   read more...
EQUIPMENT: Development of the G-5 - Monday, June 9, 2014
During the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) the Boers employed 155 mm Creusot guns which were nicknamed Long Toms. Seventy-five years later the need for a modern version of the Long Tom arose.   read more...
GALLERY: Personal Photo Collections - Thursday, June 05, 2014
Selection of Images from the Personal Photo Collections of members of this portal. Some images may be copyrighted by their respective owners...   read more...
List of SA Forces Missing In Action and Body Not Recovered - Tuesday, June 03, 2014
This is a list of all members of the SA Forces who still missing or whose bodies had not been recovered during the period 1962 - 1994... a disturbingly long list! Also included is a list of all members of the SA Forces whose bodies have since been repatriated to South Africa....[A Work In Progress]   read more...
SADF Wall of Remembrance annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony, 2014 - Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance was held on Sunday, 25 May 2014 to commemorate the members of the SA Defence Force who died in the performance of service during the period 31 May 1961 and 27 April 1994.   read more...
VIDEO: KOEVOET: 9 Days of War - 1-9 April 1989, South-West Africa - Monday, May 26, 2014
War Video's WARNING GRAPHIC SCENES 9 Days of war - Koevoet 38 Swapo 0 1-9 April 1989 south -West Africa 4th of April 1989 IN MEMORY OF ALL FALLEN KOEVOET COMRADES Exp SGT SAREL VAN TONDER by american photographer and writer: JIM HOOPER   read more...
Organisation of FALA - Tuesday, May 13, 2014
UNITA's military wing, the Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (Forças Armadas de Libertação de Angola -- FALA), was under the supreme authority of Savimbi as commander in chief. The chief of staff was second in command and controlled the headquarters elements of intelligence, personnel, logistics, and operations.   read more...
History of UNITA - Monday, May 12, 2014
The Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) rebel movement controlled various portions of Angolan territory over differing lengths of time. During the Cold War the U.S.-backed anti-Communist forces of UNITA were engaged in opposition to the Angolan government, which received support from Cuban troops.   read more...
ABOUT: The Battle of Cassinga Operation Reindeer) - Sunday, May 04, 2014
The South African operation consisted of an assault by 2 SAI Battalion on two SWAPO base complexes, Chetequera and Dombondola, near to the then-South-West Africa/Angola border; an assault by the elite 32 Bn on SWAPO's Omepepa-Namuidi-Henhombe base complex around 20 km east of Chetequera; and the controversial airborne assault by paratroopers on Cassinga, a refugee camp and SWAPO's regional headquarters, 260 km inside Angola.   read more...
New Battle Report: Battle of Cassinga AAR played at FALL IN 2013 in the US - Saturday, May 03, 2014
Game played by Mark Kinsey of Daddy's Little Men at Fall In 2013, hosted at Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center – Lancaster, PA, on 7-9 November 2013.   read more...
Featured Equipment: The MT-12 100mm Towed Anti-Tank Gun - Friday, April 25, 2014
The T-12 smoothbore 100mm anti-tank gun was one of the newest Soviet 100mm guns introduced in the early 1970s. It is most easily recognised by the smaller-size muzzle brake.   read more...
RESTRICTED DOCUMENTS - Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The War In Angola Information Portal has been given access to three interesting documents. They are:
  • A Report of a meeting between a retired South African Special Forces Operator and the Russian Angola Veterans Union.
  • A Geopolitical Report on the Angolan War, including relevant information on the international aspects of the war.
  • A Letter to members of the former SADF from a member of the former PLAN (SWAPO) Special Forces.

VIDEO: Anthem of the Union Veterans of Angola - Saturday, February 15, 2014
Today is a day of reflection on the Russians, playing call of duty outside the Country and 25-th anniversary of Ukrainian troops withdrawal from Afghanistan in Cherepovets hosted events. With wreaths and flowers at the Holy Cross Cathedral Hill, held rallies on military memorials. And a big concert in the DCS.   read more...
Some Reminiscences on the operations conducted by Combat Team 3 Battle Group 10 (61 Mechanised Battalion) during Operation Protea, by (then) Major Joe Weyers, Commander Combat Team 30 (C Squadron 61 Mech Bn Op Protea 1981)   read more...
GALLERY: Diverse Soviet Equipment - Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Photo Album from
Diverse Soviet Equipment including BAT-M, Guns and Howitzers, Air Defence Radar and Missiles, such as SA-2, SA-3, SA-4, SA-5, SA-6, SA-8, SA10   read more...

GALLERY: South African Artillery in action during Operation Savannah - Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Photo Album from
Gallery of South African Artillery in action during Operation Savannah, 1975. Including photos of the BL 140mm Medium Gun (G-2) - the old 5.5 inch... and the QF 88mm gun (G-1) - the old 25-pounder   read more...

Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 21 - Monday, December 09, 2013
The ninety-ninth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 21, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Askari, 1983, Part 1; Operation Carrot 1980; The 1980 infiltrations, Part 4; The twelfth and final article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Battle Group Foxbat as cut-off force for Task Force Zulu'; The first part of the ninth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Communication flights and supply via air; Featured Equipment: BM-14-16 140mm Multiple Rocket Launcher; The nineteenth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino; and This past week: "Somewhere on the Border..." Registered Users can download the standard version now.   read more...
VIDEO: Contingent, Angola (Russian) - Sunday, December 08, 2013
A Russian documentary about the contingent of Soviet advisers deployed in Angola during the Angolan Civil Wars   read more...
VIDEO: Soviet Trench life ( S.Shnurov ) - Sunday, December 08, 2013
A 5-hour documentary in Russian The project focuses on the daily life of soldiers and officers at the front during various military campaigns : the Great Patriotic War, the Afghan and Chechen wars and operations in Vietnam and Angola.   read more...
VIDEO: Trails & Rails (1930-1939) - British Documentary - Sunday, December 08, 2013
Documentary about the construction of railways in West Africa (1930-1939). Includes footage of the construction of the Benguela Railway (Angola). Documentary 10 '42'' produced by British Instructional Films.   read more...
About OPERATION COOLIDGE, 1987 - Tuesday, November 19, 2013
After Operation Moduler had started and with all four of the offensive Fapla brigades known to be across the Cuito, it had mean-while been decided to proceed with Operation Coolidge. The Cuito bridge had been reconnoitred by a two-man team inserted by Les Rudman's Liaison Team 2, and by 24 August all the neccessary preparations had been made by the team from 4 Reconnaissance Regiment, which had set up in the Special Forces base at Fort Foot at Rundu.   read more...
Поздравляем всех наших русских друзей 16 ноября - День ветеранов Анголы! - Saturday, November 16, 2013
Поздравляем всех наших русских друзей 16 ноября - День ветеранов Анголы! Congratulations to all our Russian friends on November 16 - Veterans of Angola Day!
Помня с вами, мы также вспоминаем наших собственных друзей, которых мы потеряли ... "Они не должны стареть, как мы, которые остались стареть. Возраст не должен уставший их, ни осуждать лет. При захождении солнца, а утром, мы будем помнить о них ..." By remembering with you, we also remember our own friends we have lost... "They shall not grow old as we who are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them..."   read more...

Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 20 - Tuesday, November 12, 2013
The ninety-eighth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 20, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Kropduif, 1977; Operation Carrot 1980; The 1980 infiltrations, Part 3; The eleventh article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Monte Belo and Sousa Lara occupied'; The eighth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: The part played by the South African Air Force; Featured Equipment: The AS80 Artillery Fire Control System; The eighteenth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino; and This past week: "Somewhere on the Border..." Registered Users can download the standard version now.   read more...
The 32 Battalion Veterans Association (32BnVA) was reactivated on 20 November 2004 at a special meeting just outside Pretoria. The meeting was attended by 26 former members of the unit - a battalion that has received international recognition for its role in the South African Border War, in particular for its special operations in Angola during the Cold War. Although the unit was disbanded in 1993, the Association has a membership of over 500 members and although many members still live in South Africa, the Association is also well represented all over the world.   read more...
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