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SAMVOA - Anzac Day Parade - Perth 2013 - Friday, November 08, 2013
Video of the Anzac Day Parade of 2013 which was held in Perth, Australia, with ex-SADF servicemen residing in Australasia taking part. SAMVOA is an ex-servicemen organisation comprised of Military and Police Veterans who were called up or volunteered to serve their country, South Africa, in the SADF/SANDF, SAP/SAPS, or the South Africa Prison Services, who completed their commitment and who now reside in Australia or New Zealand, or in countries peripheral to this region.   read more...
Soviet Veterans Club of Angola Memorial Book - Saturday, November 02, 2013
Official sources said that in Angola the loss of Soviet military advisers, experts, translators, civilian personnel and their dependents amounted to 54 people. However, the data indicate that the actual losses amounted to 78 people. And I think that this is not the final figure. This project - an attempt to talk about those Soviet citizens who were killed in Angola.   read more...
Exército de Libertação Nacional de Angola (ELNA) - A History - Friday, October 25, 2013
Kinshashs in Zaire had been the home for Holden Roberto and his UPA-FNLA organisation and the refuge of many Angolan refugees since the early 1960s. The insurrections that Zaire experienced between 1960 and 1964 did complicate the position of the Angolan liberation movement, but after Mobutu took over power in Zaire in 1964, Roberto and his entire organisation found it a consistent home. Kinshasa remained his headquarters while training camps for his liberation army, ELNA, were established in Kinkuzu, also in Zaire. Even so, Zaire remained opposed towards the MPLA, probably because of the movement’s ties to communism.   read more...
About: OPERATION KERSLIG, 1981 - Monday, October 14, 2013
The Attack on Luanda Harbour: 30 November 1981.
In 1981 it became apparent FAPLA's supportfor SWAPO was increasing. It was decided to attack oil installations in Luanda harbour to disrupt FAPLA's logistics and damage Angola's economy.   read more...

Video: THE EPIC OF ANGOLA (Cuba at War) - Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Video in Spanish: The Angolan Civil War (1975-2002) was the longest conflict in Africa and one of the longest conditioned by the context of the Cold War , fought as an escalation of the War of Independence of Angola, 1961-1974 , which pitted several Angolan movement antagonists, and their respective allies   read more...
About: OPERATION KROPDUIF, 1977 - Monday, October 07, 2013
Six months earlier, during Operation Bucksaw, it had been determined that there was a major SWAPO base some six kilometres north-west of Chana Golf. Aerial reconnaissance photographs of the base had been taken, and documents captured at Tofima during Seiljag 3 referred to a SWAPO regimental headquarters at Ohaipete, or Eheke. Interrogation of prisoners had confirmed that this was the main SWAPO base, which was given the SADF code-name Target 21.   read more...
VIDEO: Soviet Strategy for Conquest of South Africa - Saturday, September 28, 2013
In this 1987 presentation, filmed in South Africa before an audience of 1,000, Donald S. McAlvany clearly detailed the Soviet strategy for drenching the African continent in violence and bloodshed.   read more...
Council of Military Veterans' Organisations of South Africa (CMVO) - Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The objects for which the CMVO is established are as follows: To protect and promote the common interests of organisations as defined in the Constitution, which are members of the Council. To confer and co-operate with, and promote unity among, all military veterans' organisations. Registered users of this portal can now link to their CMVO-affiliated veterans organisation as well.   read more...
Featured Equipment: The SD-44 85mm Towed Gun - Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Soviet 85mm field guns are all adaptations of the main armament of the T-34(85) tank to a towed carriage. They are ballistically identical to the tank and assault guns and the 85mm anti-aircraft gun M1939 (Ks-12) from which they were ultimately developed.   read more...
GALLERY: Slides used for briefing of senior SADF members - Sunday, September 15, 2013
Slides used for briefing of senior SADF members about the SADF's involvement in operations to support UNITA in South-East Angola, specifically during Operations Moduler, Hooper, Packer and Displace,1988   read more...
Featured Equipment: The ZIS-3 76mm Gun - Sunday, September 08, 2013
The 76mm divisional gun M1942 (ZIS-3) is the last of a long line of Russian and Soviet 76mm field guns which was originally introduced at the turn of the century.   read more...
Featured Equipment: The M43 120mm Mortar - Saturday, September 07, 2013
The 120 mm mortar M38 was the standard Soviet infantry mortar until it was replaced by the 120mm M43. A unique design when originated, the mortar can be quickly broken down into three parts. barrel, bipod and baseplate, for movement over short distances. For normal travel the whole weapon folds together and is towed on a two-wheeled carriage or, if necessary, can be animal-packed in its three parts.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 19 - Friday, August 30, 2013
The ninety-seventh newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 19, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Carrot 1980; The 1980 infiltrations, Part 2; The tenth article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'The battle at Caluita'; The last part of the sixth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Chaplains Services; The seventh article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Efforts towards the economic reconstruction of Southern-Angola; Featured Equipment: The BM-21 122mm Multiple Rocket Launcher (GRAD); The seventeenth 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...
About: OPERATION SAVANNAH - The battle at Caluita - Thursday, August 29, 2013
This time, the combat team of Battle Group Foxbat encountered no enemy forces at Norton de Matos on 3 November 1975. About 16 kilometres further, near Caluita, the front troop armoured cars halted a few hundred metres short of a dry riverbed just astern of a road excavation   read more...
VIDEO: A LOS HEROES DE ANGOLA - Thursday, August 22, 2013
A tribute to the heroes of Cuba that fought for the liberation of Angola. Video with Photos and Videos of the War of Angola, including images of soldiers in combat and the fallen who are respected heroes for their numerous actions in the mission of the Liberation of Angola.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 18 - Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The ninety-sixth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 18, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Carrot 1980; The 1980 infiltrations, Part 1; The ninth article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Coordination between Task Force Zulu and Battle Group Foxbat'; The first part of the sixth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Chaplains Services; Featured Equipment: The Valkiri-22 127mm Multiple Rocket Launcher FV1; The sixteenth 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...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 17 - Thursday, August 08, 2013
The ninety-fifth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 17, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Bravo; The final part of Operation Meebos, Part 13; The eight article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Preparation for the November offensive'; The third and final part part of the fifth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Medical Services; Featured Equipment: The Type-63 107mm Multiple Rocket Launcher; The fifteenth 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. Other quality downloads are no longer supported unfortunately.   read more...
About: OPERATION BOLSON, 1984 - Thursday, August 08, 2013
Throughout 1984, SWAPO’s infiltration of the eastern and southern Kavango was cause for concern at the headquarters of the South West African Territorial Force (SWATF), as no proof could be found that traditional routes through far-eastern Owamboland were being used. Military Intelligence informers in Botswana reported that SWAPO was using a transit camp in the Rekonga area to enter South West Africa via Zambia, and on 4 August, 32 Battalion was ordered to investigate these claims.   read more...
About: OPERATION BRAVO, 1982 - Tuesday, August 06, 2013
On 3 October 1982, Operation Bravo was flown. This was a Canberra PR (Photo Reconnaissance) sortie over Virei — a direct result of intelligence inputs to the build-up of forces in the area. Virei was being developed as an advanced radar and possible missile base.   read more...
VIDEO: Kangamba, The Battle of Cangamba, 2-12 August 1983 - Saturday, August 03, 2013
Kangamba is the film of the siege of Cangamba, which took place in Angola between the 2nd and 12th August 1983. The battle has become something of legend in Cuba, because the battle saw a FAPLA (Angolan government forces) brigade together with about 90 Cuban advisers resisting a full scale assault by South African and Unita forces. The film was Cuba’s biggest budget film in many years and was very popular. Watch it here in Spanish.   read more...
GALLERY: Cuban Pilots captured by UNITA, - Saturday, August 03, 2013
On 28 October 1987, at 15h25, while on a reconnaissance flight over Moxico, Colonel Manuel Rojas Garcia and Captain Ramon Queseda were shot down by UNITA. The plane crashed 12 kilometres south of Luvei. Just 60 kilometres north lies Lucusse, where, 15 years later, on 11 February 2002, UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi was killed. The pilots were taken prisoner to Jamba, UNITA headquarters inside the Cuando Cubangoi, the province know as 'The Land At The End Of The World!'..   read more...
VIDEO: "Buried Behind the Wall" - trailer - Sunday, July 28, 2013
This is a trailer for a film about South Africa's "Bush War", which involved almost 600 000 white male conscripts. The film is told by soldiers who were actually there, on the front line. It is not a political statement nor is it a comprehensive historical blow by blow account. This film aims to look at the personal experiences of conscripts, citizen force soldiers as well as permanent force members.   read more...
FINALLY: Newsletter volume 4, Issue 16 - Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I am happy to announce the release of the ninety-fourth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 16, now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS, after more than seven months of delays due to unforeseen circumstances. In this issue: Operation Forte Part 4; Operation Meebos, Part 12; The seventh article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Offensive on the Lobito route resumed'; The second part of the fifth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Medical Services; Featured Equipment: The "Valkyri-5" 107mm Multiple Rocket Launcher; The fourteenth 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...
About: OPERATION MEEBOS, 1982 - Friday, July 12, 2013
The towns of Ongiva and Xangongo have been in South African hands since Operation Protea in August 1981. The dry season of July/August 1982 once again brought the usual security force push into Angola, this time in the form of Operation Meebos.   read more...
About: OPERATION SCRELA, 1984 - Thursday, July 04, 2013
On 19 February 1984, 101 Battalion arrived at Cuvelai to establish the first Joint Monitoring Commission headquarters from which South African and Angolan forces would conduct combined anti-SWAPO operations. Because of their fluency in Portuguese and intimate knowledge of the terrain, 32 Battalion's members would play a leading role in the JMC patrols from February to June.   read more...
Project Dreamwings - Phase 1 - Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Reconciliation - 25 years ago I was paralyzed after my Mirage F1 fighter crashed following a combat mission in Angola! Now its time to get back in the saddle! I started a project which I now call 'Project Dreamwings.'I am trying to build an aircraft - specifically adapted for my disability - in which I want to fly around the world hopefully inspiring and motivating people to reach for their dreams.   read more...
VIDEO: 2ND STREAMING VIDEO CONFERENCE - Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The FULL video of the 2ND STREAMING VIDEO CONFERENCE has been uploaded and can be viewed here: http://video.yandex.ru/users/oko-tele/view/50/ A Google Translated version of the website page can be seen at the link below: http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ru&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.yandex.ru%2Fusers%2Foko-tele%2Fview%2F50%2F&act=url   read more...
About: OPERATION VASTRAP, 1980 - Tuesday, June 25, 2013
In July 1980, radio intercepts showed that SWAPO's North-Western Front headquarters, previously north of the Xangongo-Mongua road, had moved south in the vicinity of Cuamato, probably with a view to infiltrating between beacons 7 and 14. Unlike the Far Eastern Front, this area was teeming with FAPLA, with known deployments at Namacunde, Ongiva, Mongua, Xangongo, Cuamato, Naulila and Calueque, and there was no way of telling whether tracks had been made by SWAPO or FAPLA patrols   read more...
Music for the 2nd STREAMING CONFERENCE with the Russian Veterans - Saturday, June 15, 2013
The songs that were used during the 2nd Conference with the Russian Veterans all loaded together with video visualisation and English subtitles...   read more...
2ND STREAMING VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH THE RUSSIAN VETERANS - Saturday, June 15, 2013
The Second International Internet videoconference for the veterans of all wars within the framework of the project "Good will - without borders and distance"June 15, 2013 from 15.00 to 18.00 (Moscow time) is planned second international Zkure videoconference, which will have musical direction and will titled "Songs born in heart." Video Studio "OKO" (Engels) will perform parallel-line broadcast on the Internet on the website http://www.oko-tele.ru/studiya-oko-1/ The event will be held under the motto, "Who said that there is no place in a war song? After the fight, the heart asks music twice ...   read more...
OPERATION SCEPTIC (SMOKESHELL) 1980 - Monday, June 10, 2013
The instruction given to the Sector 1Ø commander, Brigadier Badenhorst, by the General Commanding SWA Command, was simple and explicit:

    “Sector 1Ø must destroy the SWAPO command and control and logistical infrastructure by capturing the complexes of SMOKESHELL, MULOLA, and CHITUMBA on 10 June 1980, and to continue with area operations for another 10 days, inflicting maximum casualties on SWAPO.”

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Video Streaming Broadcast of Memorial Service - Sunday, May 26, 2013
The Annual Commemoration Service which is held at the SA Defence Force Wall Of Remembrance (at the Voortrekker Monument) can be viewed life during the service on www.Who-Els.co.za from 09h55   read more...
32 BATTALION's SAVATE DAY - Sunday, May 19, 2013
21 May is marked as a general Remembrance Day for all those who had fallen while serving in the battalion. The name “Savate” is a reference to a major FAPLA base 75km inside Angola on the Cubango River. It was at this battle at Savate (aka operation Tiro A Tiro) where the battalion suffered the highest number of casualties. Of the 150 men who died while fighting with 32 Bn, 15 were killed during the Savate-attack, the battalion’s heaviest casualties in a single engagement.   read more...
CASSINGA DAY - Saturday, May 04, 2013
The Battle of Cassinga, Cassinga Raid or Kassinga Massacre was a controversial South African airborne attack on a South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) refugee camp and military base at the former town of Cassinga, Angola on 4 May 1978. Conducted as one of the three major actions of Operation Reindeer during the South African Border War, it was the South African Army’s first major air assault. Considerable debate continues to rage as to whether Cassinga was a refugee camp or a military camp (or both), and consequently if the raid was a massacre of civilians or a highly successful military operation.   read more...
About: OPERATION BOOMSLANG, 1982 - Monday, April 15, 2013
At 18h00 on 13 May 1982, while deployed during Operation Handsak, the 32 Battalion tactical headquarters at Cuamato was ordered to prepare a company and two reconnaissance teams for an airborne assault on a SWAPO force occupying the town of Oncocua.   read more...
WARBLOGS: Guard Duty at 81TSD, by: The Ancient Armourer - Thursday, April 11, 2013
Few guys have much to say about guard duty, because it didn’t vary that much from place to place in the SADF. As with shooting, everybody had to do it, though unlike shooting nobody enjoyed doing it, especially in winter. It is neither a good thing nor a bad thing – just something that has to be done in any army.   read more...
Operation Cerberus - the Soviet view - Sunday, March 24, 2013
Mobile Special Forces Group Sun South Africa (Recces), acting in concert with anti-government rebels of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), launched in the 80 years of the twentieth century, to hunt in the airspace of Angola for "anything that flies." As it became known today, most of the Cuban, Soviet, and owned by the Government of Angola, planes and helicopters were shot down by South Africans is of the so-called special groups «Caçadores», («Hunters" - port.). But at that time the authors of acts of sabotage and terrorist acts were declared "rebels" UNITA .   read more...
The Transvaal Horse Artillery is 109 years old today! - Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Transvaal Horse Artillery (THA) has a long and hard history staring from 1904, seeing action in German SWA in 1914. It was virtually destroyed by the Afrika Korps at Sidi Rezeigh in 1941, reformed and saw action at Gazala, were captured at Tubruk, fought at El Alamein and in the Italian Campaign. In Jan 1976 it was in support of 72 Mot Bde during Operation Budgie, and took part in Operation Protea in 1981.   read more...
About: OPERATION YAHOO has just been loaded - Friday, March 08, 2013
The aim of Operation Yahoo was to counter the Swapo infiltration that took place during April to June 1982.
Since August 1981 a specially trained Swapo group consisting of ten platoons underwent training at the Vulcano base in Angola.The first platoon infiltrated South West Africa/Namibia during February 1982 with the aim to lay landmines and to execute acts of sabotage.
Two forces, an eastern and a western group, spearheaded the whole infiltration.They moved south during March 1982 and finalised preparations to cross the cut line.   read more...

Roll Of Honour: SWAPOL and more SWATF names added - Saturday, March 02, 2013
The SADF Roll of Honour have been updated with many more names of members of the South West African Territory Force (SWATF) as well as the SWA Police (SWAPOL), mostly KOEVOET, that were killed between 1979 and 1988.   read more...
Roll of Honour: SWATF names have been added! - Monday, February 25, 2013
The SADF Roll of Honour have been updated with 50 names of members of the South West African Territory Force (SWATF) that were killed between 1980 and 1988; many of them from 102 BN Thanks to Craig O'farrell for sending me the names of the 102 BN fallen.   read more...
Article: Religion in the SADF (Contributed by Phillip Vietri) - Sunday, February 17, 2013
This article discusses religion in the SADF in direct theological terms. South Africa before 27th April 1994 was essentially a Reformed Church (Calvinist) theocracy, probably the last of its kind on earth. The synod of the Ned Geref Kerk (NGK), its governing body, would set the NGK’s agenda as regards faith and morals. The Government was made up overwhelmingly of members of this Church. As a consequence, South African laws tended to reflect Calvinist theology...   read more...
Russian and Former Soviet Union Internationalists Memorial Day - Friday, February 15, 2013
For members of the Russian Union of Veterans of Angola this is a special day when they cherish the memory of the Soviet and Russian soldiers-internationalists, for all those who carried out their duties in Angola in 1975-1992, and in the following years. Besides the military advisers, experts and translators in Angola to help its people, work and tens of thousands of military and civilian sailors, and other civilian specialists: doctors, geologists, bridge builders, pilots, aircraft technicians, surveyors, engineers, teachers who honestly fulfilled their duties .   read more...
The NEW War In Angola Information Portal restored - Thursday, February 14, 2013
After a period of almost three and a half months, I am most pleased to announce the restoration of the NEW War In Angola Portal which has seen much change and have been revamped to a large extend. I hope that you will find this NEW portal better organised and absoluetly packed with information. Unfortunately, it all comes at a cost and you will see the gradual implementation of revenue streams in order to help cover the running costs of a portal this size. (The dedicated server in the US alone costs almost R13,000 per year!!!). I appreciate your support and count on your continued participation in this project, irrespective of which side you had been fighting on all those many years ago. I am also looking for Sponsors to help cover the costs. For those who already contributed during this MOST trying time of my entire career, a GREAT THANK YOU is in order (and a full year's PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION have also been activated in your account - You KNOW who you are!)
Johan Schoeman  

 

"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..."

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries following the end of World War I to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month" of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice ("at the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.) The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war. In South Africa, Poppy Day is not a public holiday. It takes place on the Saturday nearest to Remembrance Day, though in Cape Town a Remembrance Service is still held on 11 November each year. Commemoration ceremonies are usually held on the following Sunday, at which the "Last Post" is played by a bugler followed by the observation of a two-minute silence. The two largest commemoration ceremonies to mark the event in South Africa are held in Pretoria, at the Voortrekker Monument at the Cenotaph (where it has been held for 84 consecutive years), and at the War Memorial at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.   read more...

Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 15 - Thursday, October 25, 2012
Our ninety-third newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 15, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Forte Part 3; Operation Forte MAP; Operation Meebos, Part 11; The sixth article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'FAPLA driven back on the Benguela route'; The first part of the fifth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Medical Services; Featured Equipment: The 2S1 122mm Self-Propelled Howitzer; The thirteenth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 14 - Friday, October 19, 2012
Our ninety-second newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 14, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Forte Part 2; Operation Meebos, Part 10; The fifth article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Incidents on the Santa Comba route'; The fourth article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Support Services; Featured Equipment: The 155mm SP Gun/Howitzer (G-6); The twelfth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
About: OPERATION BUCKSAW has just been loaded - Saturday, October 06, 2012
Operational Order No. 21, issued by 101 Task Force on 28 March 1977, required 32 Battalion to pinpoint enemy bases or groups on the Angolan side of the border between beacons 26 and 38. However, for the first time 32 Battalion was ordered not to attack the enemy, merely to report to Tactical Headquarters on what they found. Assault forces would then be transported in Puma helicopters to launch the attacks, while 32 continued to patrol the area in search of targets.   read more...
About: OPERATION REKSTOK III has just been loaded - Friday, October 05, 2012
The attempt by SWAPO to expand the area of the war worried the military planners and emphasized the need for PR throughout the operational theatre. Authority was granted for Mirage III and Canberra photographic aircraft to cross into Angola. Canberra coverage was required to update maps of southern Angola, while the Mirage III RZs obtained tactical intelligence of specific pinpoint targets. Because 3 Squadron was unavailable Mirage F1AZs of 1 Squadron were tasked to fly escort on these missions.   read more...
About: Operations Makalani II and III have just been loaded - Thursday, October 04, 2012
No sooner were the troops back in their base after Operation Makelani, when orders for Makalani II were issued. This time, the area between beacons 8 and 12 was to be patrolled as far as Cuamato and Dombondola. Echo Company was brought in from Elundu to boost the ranks of 32 to nine platoons.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 13 - Thursday, October 04, 2012
Our ninety-first newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 13, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Butterfly Part 2; Operation Butterfly MAP; Operation Meebos, Part 9; The fourth article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Problems on the Central Front'; The fourth part of the third article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Logistics; Featured Equipment: The M-46 130mm Towed Field Gun; The eleventh part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
About: OPERATION SUPER has just been loaded - Sunday, September 30, 2012
February 1982. At Sector 10 headquarters there was grave concern that SWAPO was establishing a presence in Kaokoland and Damaraland, but the information from the radio intercepts was vague, and it was decided to deploy a ten-man team from 5 Reconnaissance Regiment to investigate the situation.   read more...
About: OPERATION OLYFHOUT has just been loaded - Saturday, September 29, 2012
For the first time in many years, patrols were introduced in the Olukula area, 11 km south of Beacon 36, in January 1982. On 17 February, 32 Battalion's entire reconnaissance wing, divided into eight teams, set off from Omauni in a vehicle convoy, carrying both diesel and aviation fuel in anticipation of an attack, to try to locate the bases...   read more...
About: OPERATION MAKALANI has just been loaded - Friday, September 28, 2012
On 20 February 1980, Sector 10 headquarters issued Operational Order 2/80, authorising 52 Battalion and 32 Battalion to conduct an operation to clear the area north of Beacon 6 to Beacon 13 of SWAPO.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, issue 12 - Friday, September 28, 2012
Our ninetieth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 12, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operatio Butterfly, 1980; Operation Vastrap, Part 3; Operation Meebos, Part 8; The third article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'Foxbat takes Luimbale'; The third part of the third article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Logistics; Featured Equipment: The 155mm Gun/Howitzer (G-5); The tenth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
About: OPERATION DAISY has just been completed - Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The on-going process of intelligence-gathering after Protea indicated to the South Africans that SWAPO had moved their command post to a position in thick bush northeast of Techamutete. Despite their heavy losses, SWAPO was planning another large-scale infiltration during the rainy season, early in 1982. In order to disrupt these plans the SADF decided to seek and destroy the enemy headquarters by means of a ground force assault supported by the air force.   read more...
About: OPERATION PROTEA has just been completed - Tuesday, September 18, 2012
August 1981. A big offensive against SWAPO is planned in secret by the operational staff of the SWA Territorial Force (SWATF). Already a force has been concentrated. A massive effort… logistically a gigantic task. Men from everywhere, the Permanent Force, National Service as well as the Active Civilian Force, are to be cast together for this war machine. For some of them it will be the first time they work together with the South African Air Force — for most, their baptism of fire…   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 11 - Sunday, September 16, 2012
Our eighty-ninth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 11, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Vastrap, Part 2; Operation Meebos, Part 8; The second article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'The composition of Battle Group Foxbat'; The second part of the third article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Logistics; Featured Equipment: The D-74 122mm Field Gun; The ninth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
New VIDEO loaded: Operation Moduler, 1987 - Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Just something you HAVE to see and LISTEN to - The first Ratel ZT3 hits made on enemy tanks...10 September 1987, during Operation Moduler!   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 10 - Monday, September 10, 2012
Our eighty-eighth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 10, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Vastrap, Part 1; Operation Meebos, Part 7; The first article of a series about Battle Group Foxbat on the Central Front during Operation Savannah - 'The MPLA’s October-offensive on the Central Front'; The first part of the third article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Logistics; Featured Equipment: The 155 mm Gun (G-4); The eighth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 9 - Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Our eighty-seventh newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 9, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Meebos Part 5; Part two of the tenth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa de Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'The capture of Moçamedes, 27-28 October 1975'; The second part of the second article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: The composition of forces under Task Force 101; Featured Equipment: The D-30 122mm Howitzer; The seventh part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 8 - Monday, September 03, 2012
Our eighty-sixth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 8, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Meebos Part 4; The tenth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa de Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'The capture of Moçamedes, 27-28 October 1975'; Operation Savannah MAP: The capture of Moçamedes; The first part of the second article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: The composition of forces under Task Force 101; Featured Equipment: The 155mm “Long Tom” Gun (G-3); The sixth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 7 - Friday, August 31, 2012
Our eighty-fifth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 7, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: The first article in a series about the formal organisation for Operation Savannah: Area division; Operation Meebos Part 3; The tenth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa de Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'Enemy deployment around Sá de Bandeira'; The third part of the seventh article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: The uncertain nature of secrecy; Featured Equipment: The MT-12 100mm AT Gun; The fifth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
16 DAYS LATE! Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 6 - Sunday, August 26, 2012
Our eighty-fourth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 6, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Savannah MAP: The taking of Sa de Bandeira; Operation Meebos Part 2; Part two of the ninth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa de Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'The taking of Sá de Bandeira'; The second part of the seventh article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: The uncertain nature of secrecy; Featured Equipment: The 140mm Medium Gun (G-2); The fourth part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
12 days late!: Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 5 - Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Our eighty-third newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 5, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Meebos Part 1; Operation Sceptic Part 11: The confrontation at Mongua; Part one of the ninth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'The taking of Sá de Bandeira'; The first part of the seventh article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: The uncertain nature of secrecy; Featured Equipment: The SD-44 85mm Towed Gun; The third part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Invite - 3rd Annual General Meeting of the 61 Mech Veterans Association - Thursday, August 09, 2012
To take place on 25 August 2012 in Johannesburg This is is, among others. the thirtieth commemoration of the 1982 group's actions and operations. With this in mind, we would like to see the group represented in large numbers.   read more...
Measures to limit abuse of the site - Monday, August 06, 2012
Due to repeated hacking attacks where the hackers are making use of SQL injection techniques to both infect and destroy data on this server, I regret to announce that I had to remove some features which were vulnerable to such abuse from public access to only be available to Registered Users. These include the SADF Unit Profiles, SADF Operations, Glossary, and Site Search. Others will follow in time. I also had to implement Validation of email-addresses upon Registration in order to keep unwelcome elements out.  
50 km SADF Veterans Memel Walk (VASBYT) - Sunday, August 05, 2012
Onthou die 50km Vasbyt (Memel Walk) om alle gevalle SAW Soldate te herdenk / vereer die 09 Aug 2012 van Memel na Newcastle. As jy nie kans sien vir die loop nie kom ondersteun ons asseblief. Inligting by danie.matthee@lanxess.com | Remember the 50km Endurance Walk (Memel Walk) on the 9th of August from Memel to Newcastle to commemorate all Fallen SADF soldiers. If you don't want to join in the walk, please come and support us. More info from danie.matthee@lanxess.com  
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 4 - Friday, July 27, 2012
Our eighty-second newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 4, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic Part 10: Winding down the operation; The eighth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'Jau, Humpata and Kilometre 16'; The sixth article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Aims of the SADF after 11 November 1975; The fourth and final part of Operation Tiro-A-Tiro (Savate); Featured Equipment: The QF 88mm Gun (G-1); The second part of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 3 - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Our eighty-first newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 3, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic Part 9: Winding down the operation; Operation Tiro-A-Tiro (Savate) MAP; The seventh article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'The capture of João de Almeid'; The fifth article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Dr. Savimbi requests the RSA to remain in Angola; The third part of Operation Tiro-A-Tiro (Savate); Featured Equipment: The ZIS-3 76mm Anti-Tank Gun; The FIRST PART of 'Inside Castro’s Bunker, The African Adventure' by the Cuban General del Pino. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 2 - Monday, July 16, 2012
Our eightieth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 2, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic: The attack on Smokeshell continues in Part 4; Operation Savannah MAP: The capture of Roçades; The second and final part of the sixth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'Problems experienced with the conquest of Roçades'; The second and fina part of the fourth article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Revision of strategy; The second part of Operation Tiro-A-Tiro (Savate); Featured Equipment: The M-5 120mm mortar; The FINAL part: Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 52; Short biography: Lt-Col Igor Anatolyevich Zhdarkin. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 4, Issue 1 - Friday, July 06, 2012
Our seventy-ninth newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 1, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue:Planned Features of Volume 4; Operation Sceptic: The attack on Smokeshell continues in Part 3; The first part of the sixth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'Problems experienced with the conquest of Roçades'; The first part of the fourth article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Revision of strategy; The first part of Operation Tiro-A-Tiro (Savate); Featured Equipment: The M43 120mm mortar; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 51. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, BUMPER ISSUE 26 - Friday, June 29, 2012
Our seventy-eighth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 26, and the LAST issue of Volume 3, with four extra pages on Operation Sceptic, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic: The attack on Smokeshell continues; The fifth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'The capture of Pereira de Eça'; Operation Savannah MAP: The capture of Pereira de Eça; The third article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Withdrawal plans prior to 11 November 1975; Featured Equipment: The B-25/B-26 radio; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 50. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version. read more.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 25 - Thursday, June 21, 2012
Our seventy-seventh Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 25, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic: The attack on Smokeshell; The fourth article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'From Artur de Paiva to Evale — First Clashes'; Operation Savannah MAP: TASK FORCE ZULU’S ADVANCE IN SOUTHERN ANGOLA; Northern Angola: Pickup at Ambrizette, Part 2; The second article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Political cooperation between FNLA and UNITA, Part 2; Featured Equipment: The B-126 radio; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 49. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 24 - Friday, June 15, 2012
Our seventy-sixth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 24, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic: The operation; The third article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'Problems at Caiundo'; Northern Angola: Pickup at Ambrizette; The second article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Political cooperation between FNLA and UNITA; Featured Equipment: The A-55/B-56 radio; Operation Sceptic MAP: The Smokeshell target; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 48. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 23 - Saturday, June 09, 2012
Our seventy-fifth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 23, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic: Battle Group 61’s plan to capture Smokeshell; The second article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - 'Consolidation of Task Force Zulu'; Northern Angola: The South Africans are withdrawn; The first article in a series about the political and military decisions around 11 November 1975: Political background, and Around the conference table...; Featured Equipment: The R-123M radio; Operation Carrot 1979, The June infiltration; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 47. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 22 - Friday, June 01, 2012
Our seventy-fourth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 22, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic: the SADF Design for Battle; OPERATION SCEPTIC MAP; The second part of the tenth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The Central Front – 5 to 20 October 1975'; Northern Angola: FAPLA attacks to the north Part 2; The first article in a series on Operation Savannah: Task Force Zulu and their advance to Sa da Bandeira and Moçamedes - Phase 2 of Operation Savannah; Featured Equipment: The A-53/B-57 radio; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 46. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance
Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance at 09h00 for 09h40 on Sunday, 3 June 2012 and to lay a wreath or plant a cross to commemorate the members of the SA Defence Force who died in the performance of service during the period 31 May 1961 (the coming of the Republic) and 27 April 1994 (disbandment of the SA Defence Force).   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 21 - Saturday, May 26, 2012
Our seventy-third Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 21, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Sceptic, June 1980; The first part of the tenth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The Central Front – 5 to 20 October 1975'; Northern Angola: FAPLA attacks to the north; Operation Yahoo: Part 6; Featured Equipment: The R-107 manpack radio; Operation Carrot 1979, The May infiltration; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 45. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 20 - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Our seventy-second Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 20, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Boomslang, 14-16 May 1982; The second part of the ninth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'After the battle of Norton de Matos Part 2'; Northern Angola: A new regime Part 2; Operation Yahoo: Part 5; Operation Yahoo MAP: Contacts; Featured Equipment: The KOT II night observation binocular; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 44. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 19 - Friday, May 18, 2012
Our seventy-first Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 19, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: The first part of the ninth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'After the battle of Norton de Matos'; Northern Angola: A new regime; Operation Yahoo: Part 4; Featured Equipment: The PGN-1 passive night scope; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 43. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 18 - Friday, May 11, 2012
Our seventieth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 18, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Savannah MAP: The Battle of Quifangondo, 10 Novemberr 1975; Northern Angola: The Battle of Quifangondo Part 2; The third part of the eighth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The first battle of Norton de Matos'; Operation Yahoo: Enemy Ambush! Part 3 (With schematic layout of the ambush); Featured Equipment: The night driver scope; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 42. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 17 - Thursday, May 03, 2012
Our sixty-ninth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 17, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Savannah MAP: The Battle of Norton de Matos, 5 October 1975; The second part of the eighth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The first battle of Norton de Matos'; Northern Angola: The Battle of Quifangondo; Operation Yahoo: Enemy Ambush! Part 2; Featured Equipment: The PPN2 infra-red night sight; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 41. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
VIDEOS: Forged in Flames - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The SADF experience of The Battles of Cuito Cuanavale 1987 -- 1988. This is a History Honours Thesis Video Documentary - 2010. It is on the experience of three ex-SADF soldiers who fought in the Battles of Cuito Cuanavale during the South African Border War.   read more...
VIDEOS: Operation Packer (1988) - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Operation Packer was a military operation by the South African Defence Force (SADF) during the South African Border War and Angolan Civil War. This operation forms part of what became known as the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. Although officially following on from Operation Hooper, Operation Packer was in reality concurrent with it most of the time, as its objective was to drive the combined FAPLA/Cuban force back across the Cuito River to the west bank. This task was successfully achieved by the South African forces' GV5 and GV6 howitzers, who forced the FAPLA/Cuban units to the west of the Cuito River from their positions east of Cuito Cuanavale on the Chambinga Heights.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 16 - Sunday, April 22, 2012
Our sixty-eighth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 16, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Yahoo: Enemy Ambush!; The first part of the eighth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The first battle of Norton de Matos'; Northern Angola: Holden Roberto’s final chance; Operation Carrot 1979, Part 3; Featured Equipment: The miniature night sight (MNV); Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 40. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
The MINI WAR GAMES broadcast of Carte Blanche can now be viewed - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
For all the guys who did not manage to see the footage of the miniature battle of Cuito Cuanavale (actually the attack on 59 Brigade) on Carte Blanche on Sunday night, you can view the 8 minute insert as two Parts on the Carte Blanche Website. Just look for the two videos for MINI GAMES WAR....(You will see the WWII miniatures, the first part displays some US GIs on a bridge and the second one has a German tank, or StuG)   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3 Issue 15 - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Our sixty-seventh Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 15, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Northern Angola: South African guns north of Luanda; Operation Carrot, 1979, Part 2; "Trying to destroy the Olifants" Part 4; The seventh article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'Planning before the battle of Norton de Matos'; Featured Equipment: The NSP2 infra-red night sight; Full page MAP of the Front north of Luanda, November 1975; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 39. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Coming up on Carte Blanche: MINI WARGAMES - Thursday, April 12, 2012 - Sunday, August 05, 2012
Coming up on Carte Blanche On M-Net [101] & M-Net HD [170], Sunday 15 April 2012, at 7pm: Date back to the 19th century and reflect historical situations using miniature troops, tanks and terrain. Be it the Battle of Little Bighorn or Trafalgar, wars are being fought with larger than life generals reduced to the tiniest of figures, but with plenty of significance. And being South Africa, it didn’t take long for the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale to be introduced. Carte Blanche reports on the battles taking place in suburban cellars and sports clubs   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 14 - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Our sixty-sixth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 14, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Carrot, 1979; "Trying to destroy the Olifants" Part 3; The sixth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The advance to Norton de Matos'; Featured Equipment: The MIDAS mine detector; Northern Angola: The difficult combat terrain; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 38. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 13 - Friday, March 30, 2012
Our sixty-fifth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 13, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Bucksaw; "Trying to destroy the Olifants" Part 2; The fifth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The South African Crew'; Featured Equipment: The DIM mine detector; Northern Angola: The attack on Luanda; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 37. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 12 - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Our sixty-fourth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 12, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: "Trying to destroy the Olifants"; The fourth article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'Assembly of the first allied combat group'; Featured Equipment: The MMD-3 mine detector; Operation Rekstok III; Northern Angola: Preparation for another onslaught on Luanda; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 36; Operation Makalani II & III, Part 2. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Refighting the Attack on 59 Brigade - Thursday, February 23, 2012
We will be re-fighting the South African attack on FAPLA's 59 Brigade, which occurred on 14 February 1988, on the tabletop on Saturday, 24 March 2012. Quite a few participants will be required to take command of the different brigades, combat groups and elements of both sides. No prior knowledge of wargaming or any sort of qualifications are required, but it will help if you did have some combat experience. Experienced gamers will be assisting novice participants in the gaming mechanism but NOT with critical tactical decisions. Interested parties are invited to contact me.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 11 - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Our sixty-third Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 11, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Operation Super MAP; The third article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'Nova Lisboa threatened'; Featured Equipment: The IMP mine detector; Operation Super Part 2; Northen Angola: Holden Roberto misses his chance; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 35; Operation Makalani II & III; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 10 - Sunday, March 11, 2012
Our sixty-second Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 10, is now available for download free of charge only to REGISTERED USERS. In this issue: Northern Angola: MPLA Strategy; The second article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'Situation assessment'; Featured Equipment: The magnetic limpet mine; Operation Super Part 1; The RSA intervenes in Northern-Angola; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 34; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 9 - Monday, March 05, 2012
Our sixty-first Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 9, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue: The first article in a series on Operation Savannah: The South African Defence Force directly involved in Central-Angola - 'The war from July to September 1975'; Featured Equipment: The TM46, TMN46 and TM57 anti-tank mines; Operation Displace: The air attack on Calueque; The English-Afrikaans thing in the SADF Part 5; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 33; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 8 - Monday, February 27, 2012
Our sixtieth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 8, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue:Operation Makalani; The twenty-second and last article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Training Base Capolo'; Featured Equipment: The No. 8 anti-tank mine; Operation Displace: The last battle, Part 2; The English-Afrikaans thing in the SADF Part 4; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 32; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 7 - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Our fifty-ninth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 7, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue:Operation Olyfhout; The twenty-first article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'A South African liaison officer at Serpa Pinto'; Featured Equipment: The TMD anti-tank mine; Operation Displace: The last battle...; The English-Afrikaans thing in the SADF Part 3; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 31; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 6 - Thursday, February 16, 2012
Our fifty-eighth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 6, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue:The English-Afrikaans thing in the SADF Part 2; The twentieth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Liaison with UNITA'; Featured Equipment: The Claymore shrapnel mine; Operation Packer: The Third attack on Tumpo Part 3; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 30; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 5 - Saturday, February 11, 2012
Our fifty-seventh Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 5, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue:The English-Afrikaans thing in the SADF ; The nineteenth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Training base Serpa Pinto'; Featured Equipment: The POMZ-2 anti-personnel mine; Operation Packer: The Third attack on Tumpo Part 2; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 29; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
NEW: SADF Operations - Sunday, February 05, 2012
You can find almost 400 SADF Operations on here by using the Search text box or drilling in by Theatre and then Year. I would like to invite you, the members of the portal, to help build up a comprehensive and complete Operations list, each with its own relevant profile. Registered Users will be able to post stories and upload photos to each Operation, while Unregistered Users will only be able to view the information.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 4 - Sunday, February 05, 2012
Our fifty-sixth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 4, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue:Operation Packer: 82 Mechanised Brigade; The eighteenth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Training Base Mpupa'; Featured Equipment: The R2M1 anti-personnel mine; Operation Packer: The Third attack on Tumpo Part 1; "WE'VE GOT A RUSSIAN!", by Jim Hooper Part 3; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 28; Code of conduct for Artillery soldiers; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Curamus - We Care - Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Curamus was established in 1990 to serve and support former and current members of the SADF, non-statutory forces, as well as the current SANDF. We also have members who serve in the SA Police as well as the Departement of Correctional Services.The original purpose was to care for South African Defence Force members who became wounded and disabled in the execution of their duties. After 1994 Curamus was restructured to include all disabled Veterans of the South African National Defence Force. Civilian employees and dependants were then also included.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 3 - Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Our fifty-fifth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 3, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue: The seventeenth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Training of FNLA units planned'; Featured Equipment: The PMD-7 anti-personnel mine; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on Tumpo Part 3; "WE'VE GOT A RUSSIAN!", by Jim Hooper Part 2; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 27; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 2 - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Our fifty-fourth Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 2, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue: The sixteenth articles in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'First support to the FNLA via Rundu'; Featured Equipment: The OZM3 anti-personnel mine; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on Tumpo Part 2; "WE'VE GOT A RUSSIAN!", by Jim Hooper Part 1; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 26; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
SADF Medals & Decorations - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Over 50 of the SADF's Medals and Decorations have been added, from The Pro Patria to the Star of South Africa. Wherever possible, short descriptions of the conditions under which it was awarded are included. You comments welcome!   read more...
NEW: Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 1 - Thursday, January 19, 2012 - Sunday, August 05, 2012
More than a week late, but finally here it is: The start of a NEW VOLUME! The fifty-third Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 1, is now available for download free of charge to all Users. In this issue: Planned Features of Volume 3; The fourteenth and fifteenth articles in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Arms Purchases' and 'The escalating nature of war aid'; Featured Equipment: The PMN anti-personnel mine; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on Tumpo Part 1; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin Part 25; Logistical support during Operation Daisy, Part 2; This past week: "Somewhere on the Border...". Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 26 - Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Our fifty-second Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 26, the last one of Volume 2, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: Logistical support during OPERATION DAISY; The twelfth and thirteenth articles in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Decision regarding weapons supply' and 'The Meeting at Klippan'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 24; Featured Equipment: The M-4 60mm ‘Patmor’; Operation Hooper: The first attack on Tumpo Part 4 (Final); This week 24 years ago. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
JUST PRINTED!!: Newsletters Volume 1, PRINTED EDITION - Saturday, December 31, 2011
I have just recently received the first batch of the PRINTED EDITIONS from the printers and must say I am MOST impressed - They look great!! Volume 1 contains all 26 issues of the first volume of the War In Angola Newsletters, presented in a single, high quality, well-bound, 310-page hard-cover book. The printed edition includes a complete Table Of Contents, a comprehensive Glossary of all the terms, acronyms, abbreviations and equipment used in the newsletters, a select Bibliography, as well as a detailed Index. Finally, to replace the Events Section on page 10 of every issue, a detailed hand-drawn Schematic Drawing of relevant equipment has also been included. Designed to be the first of many more volumes to come ORDER YOUR COPY NOW! click here to see a series of photos of the PRINTED EDITION and read more...  
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 25 - Saturday, December 31, 2011
Our fifty-first Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 25, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The eighth article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: The Aftermath; The eleventh article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'The Knoetze Report'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 23; Featured Equipment: The Yugoslav M8 light mortar; Operation Hooper: The first attack on Tumpo Part 3; Operation Hooper MAP: The first attack on Tumpo; This week 24 years ago. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 24 - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Our fiftieth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 24, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The seventh article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: Winding up; The tenth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Independent actions of Daniel Chipenda'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 22; Featured Equipment: The M1 60mm mortar; Operation Hooper: The first attack on Tumpo Part 2; This week 24 years ago. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 23 - Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Our forty-ninth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 23, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The sixth article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: The Operation continues; The ninth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'First approaches of the FNLA to South Africa'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 21; Featured Equipment: The M2 60mm mortar; Operation Hooper: The first attack on Tumpo Part 1; This week 24 years ago. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
NEW: SADF Unit Profiles - Sunday, December 11, 2011
You can find over 900 SADF units and formations (and some subunits) on here by using the Search text box or drilling in by Service and then Corps. Wherever possible I have included a Unit Flash and a very short history or description. I would like to invite you, the members of the portal, to help build up a comprehensive and complete unit list, each with its relevant profile.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 22 - Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Our forty-eigth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 22, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fifth article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: The Operation continues; The eigth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Dr. Savimbi’s position'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 20; Featured Equipment: The M3 81mm mortar; Operation Hooper: The attack on Fapla Elements north of the Dala; Navigasie met Operasie Daisy; This week 24 years ago. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
GALLERY: Photos of the Battle of Bridge 14, 1975 - Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Thanks to Kevin Bowden, a UNIQUE collection of photos taken by the medics at Cela during the battle of Bridge 14, including probably the FIRST EVER photograph of the captured BM-21 Multiple Rocket Launcher.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 21 - Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Our forty-seventh Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 21, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fourth article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: The Attack, Part 2; The seventh article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Supply of weapons to UNITA'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 19; Featured Equipment: The M37 82mm mortar; Operation Hooper: Combat Group Bravo - West of the Cuito, Part 4; Op Protea - Die Ierse nonne; This week 24 years ago. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Operation Daisy Gallery (PREMIUM MEMBERS ONLY) - Friday, November 18, 2011
69 Photos have been added to the Gallery of Operation Daisy, to mark the 30th anniversary of the operation, during which the SADF attacked a SWAPO base 170km inside Angola. It will only be viewable by PREMIUM MEMBERS.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 20 - Friday, November 18, 2011
Our forty-sixth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 20, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The third article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: The Attack, Part 1; The sixth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'First approaches between UNITA and South Africa'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 18; Featured Equipment: The ZT3 anti-tank missile; Operation Hooper: Combat Group Bravo - West of the Cuito, Part 3; This week 24 years ago.. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 19 - Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Our forty-fifth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 19, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The second article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: Composition of the force; The fifth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Reorientation'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 17; Featured Equipment: The AT-3 Sagger AT guided missile; Operation Hooper: Combat Group Bravo - West of the Cuito, Part 2; This week 24 years ago; The final part of An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Glossary. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 18 - Thursday, November 10, 2011
Our forty-fourth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 18, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The first article on the series on OPERATION DAISY: Rationale; The fourth article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Détente and Angola'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 16; Featured Equipment: The Milan AT guided missile; Operation Hooper: Combat Group Bravo - West of the Cuito; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Glossary. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 17 - Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Our forty-third Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 17, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The twelfth and final article on the series on OPERATION PROTEA: Winding up; The third article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Détente in the wider scope'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 15; Featured Equipment: The AT2 (Swatter) AT missile; Operation Hooper: The Attack on 59 Brigade Part 5; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Glossary. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 16 - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Our forty-second Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 16, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The eleventh article on the series on OPERATION PROTEA: The attack on Ongiva Part 4; The second article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'Détente after the Portuguese coup in 1974'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 14; Featured Equipment: The Entac anti-tank missile; Operation Hooper: The Attack on 59 Brigade Part 4; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Glossary. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Photo Gallery: My time with SWAPO - © Igor Ignatovich - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
A unique photo gallery from Igor Ignatovich, who was a Soviet senior lieutenant and worked as interpreter with Soviet advisors to SWAPO from 1985 to 1988.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 15 - Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Our forty-first Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 15, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The tenth article on the series on OPERATION PROTEA: The attack on Ongiva Part 3; The first article in a series on on the Prelude to the participation of the South African Defence Force in the Angolan Civil War - 'South Africa’s African policy in the sixties'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 13; Featured Equipment: The B11 anti-tank gun; Operation Hooper: The Attack on 59 Brigade Part 3; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Glossary. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
"BUSH WAR" English version of "Grensoorlog" DVDs Now Available - Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Both volumes of the "Grensoorlog" sets of DVDs are now available in English with English Subtitles and/or English Commentaries. This 26 part documentary series is a powerful revelation of a secret war – the SOUTH AFRICAN BUSH WAR. The Bush war lasted from 1966 until 1989, making it one of Africa's longest conflicts. The Bush War was fought in Northern Namibia (former South West Africa), and also in Southern Angola - so-called 'Operational Area' or 'Border'. Those interviewed have challenged the boundaries, broken the silences and even tackled some of the taboos about the war. It firmly places the issues of TRUTH & RECONCILIATION back onto the Southern African political agenda and at the centre of popular imagination.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 14 - Thursday, October 13, 2011
Our fortieth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 14, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The ninth article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA: The attack on Ongiva Part 2; The twelfth and final article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'Britain, Belgium, West-Germany & The Netherlands'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 12; Featured Equipment: The M40 106mm Recoilless Rifle; Operation Hooper: The Attack on 59 Brigade Part 2; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 13 and Glossary. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Glossary of Terms, Names, Codes Acronyms and Abbreviations - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
An extensive Glossary containing over 3,100 Terms have been loaded exclusively for Registered Users   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 13 - Saturday, October 01, 2011
Our thirty-ninth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 13, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The eighth article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA: Wrapping up Xangongo and the attack on Ongiva Part 1; The elenvth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'France'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 11; Featured Equipment: The B10 anti-tank gun; Operation Hooper: The Attack on 59 Brigade Part 1; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 12. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
More photos loaded to the Operation Moduler Gallery - Friday, September 30, 2011
Sean Wilson's collection of photos of Operation Moduler in 1987 have been loaded. NOT FOR SENSITIVE VIEWERS!!!   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 12 - Thursday, September 22, 2011
Our thirty-eighth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 12, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The seventh article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA: The Attack on Xangongo Part 2; Operation Protea MAP: The Attack on Xangongo; The tenth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'Mercenaries'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 10; Featured Equipment: The FT5 Missile Launcher; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on 21 Brigade Part 5; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 11. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
ALL SADF War Veterans / ALLE SAW VETERANE! - Sunday, September 18, 2011
Every year in August on Woman’s Day there is a 50km Fun Walk from Memel to Newcastle. Danie Matthee would like to commemorate/honor all SADF Soldiers that died in the Bush War by doing the 50km walk with full Army Kit. LET'S SUPPORT HIM, GUYS! / Elke jaar in Augustus op Vroue dag is daar ‘n 50km “Fun Walk” vanaf Memel tot in Newcastle. Danie Matthee wil graagl hulde betoon aan all die SAW lede wat in die Bosoorlog gesneuwel het deur die 50km aan te pak met “full Army Kit”. KOM ONS ONDERSTEUN HOM, MANNE!   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 11 - Saturday, September 17, 2011
Our thirty-seventh Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 11, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The sixth article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA: The Attack on Xangongo; The ninth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'America'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 9; Featured Equipment: The RPG-2 anti-tank rocket launcher; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on 21 Brigade Part 4; Operation Hooper: MAP: The Second attack on 21 Brigade; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 10. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
More "Grensoorlog" Images loaded - Saturday, September 17, 2011
A selection of random images from the "Grensoorlog" Series have been added to the following pages under the About Section: Portuguese Positioning; Infiltration by UNITA and MPLA in Cuando-Cubango; The fall of the Caetano government; New regime in Angola; Decolonisation; Political parties in Angola; Reaction of the black liberation movements; Reaction of the FNLA; Reaction of the MPLA; UNITA – cautious policy of Dr. Jonas Savimbi; Prelude to Alvor; Terms of Alvor; Background to internal strife.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 10 - Saturday, September 10, 2011
Our thirty-sixth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 10, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fifth article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA:SWAPO/FAPLA Forces; The eighth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'Chinese Aid'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 8; Featured Equipment: The 3.5 inch rocket launcher; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on 21 Brigade Part 3; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 9. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 9 - Saturday, September 03, 2011
Our thirty-fifth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 9, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fourth article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA:The SADF Battle Design, Part 2; Full page MAP of the SADF Battle Design for Operation Protea; The seventh article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'Aid from African countries'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 7; Featured Equipment: The RPG-7 rocket launcher; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on 21 Brigade Part 2; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 8. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 8 - Monday, August 29, 2011
Our thirty-fourth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 8, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The third article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA:The SADF Battle Design; The sixth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'The Soviet Union & Cuba, Part 2'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 6; Historical background – Colonial Formation Part 3; Featured Equipment: The concussion offensive (stun) grenade; Operation Hooper: The Second attack on 21 Brigade Part 1; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 7. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
FIGHTING THE LAST WAR, by Altus (Billy) Lotter - Saturday, August 27, 2011
This is not about my own story, but extracts of the memories of some of the bush war veterans that I have been working through in the electronic media. It is a collection of voices, although still few, that have been silent for a long time.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 7 - Monday, August 22, 2011
Our thirty-third Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 7, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The second article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA:The Rationale behind the operation; The sixth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'The Soviet Union & Cuba, Part 1'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 5; Historical background – Colonial Formation Part 2; Featured Equipment: The RGD-5 defensive hand grenade; Operation Hooper: Air attack on the Cuito Bridge; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 6. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Soviet citizens have died in battle in Angola 30 years ago - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
At the end of August 1981 the armed forces of South Africa was conducted in the southern regions of Angola called "Operation Protea". Mechanized South Africans stopped the border of Angola and with massive air support, rushed to the three main reference points of the government army (MPLA) in the province: small towns Ondzhive, Shangongo and Kaam.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 6 - Saturday, August 13, 2011
Our thirty-second Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 6, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The FIRST article on the new series on OPERATION PROTEA, in order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the very successful external operation which occurred in August 1981; The fifth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'The Soviet Union & Cuba'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 4; Historical background – Colonial Formation Part 1; Featured Equipment: The M26 fragmentation grenade; Operation Hooper: The first attack on 21 Brigade, Part 3; This week 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 5; Operation Hooper Map: The first attack on 21 Bde. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 5 - Sunday, August 07, 2011
Our thirty-first Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 5, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fourth article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'Cuba'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 3; Historical background – Transvaal Farmers in Angola; Featured Equipment: The F1 hand grenade; Operation Hooper: The first attack on 21 Brigade, Part 2; This week 23 AND 24 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 4. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
KOEVOET Videos loaded in the Videos section - Sunday, August 07, 2011
Videos of KOEVOET in action, including some amazing footage from Jim Hooper, who spent some time with the Zulu teams on the border!   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 4 - Sunday, July 31, 2011
Our thirtieth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 4, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The third article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'Weapons'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 2; Historical background – Inland Exploration; Featured Equipment: The 75mm HEAT rifle grenade; Operation Hooper: The first attack on 21 Brigade, Part 1; This week 23 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 3. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
20mm (1/72) scale resin SADF models have been added - Friday, July 29, 2011
These high quality resin SADF models from Baxmod are now available from the WIA Online Shop, either in unassembled kit form, or as an assembled, pre-painted model. Each model is truly of superb quality which becomes an essential collector's item if you crewed one in the Border War.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 3 - Monday, July 25, 2011
Our twenty-ninth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 3, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The second article in a series on FOREIGN ASSISTANCE - 'Indirect Warfare'; Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel I.A. Zhdarkin, Part 1; Historical background – The Portuguese Colony of Angola, Part 2; Featured Equipment: The Yugoslav M60 rifle grenade; Operation Moduler: The last attacks, Part 3; This week 23 years ago; An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 2. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
FREE OUMAN STICKER FOR SADF VETERANS IN THE UK/ GRATIS OUMAN PLAKKER VIR SAW VETERANE IN DIE VK - Monday, July 25, 2011
With special permission from Mark Raats, the FREE offer to all SADF Veterans to receive a magnificent NEW 13cm x 13cm SADF OUMAN Sticker, printed courtesy of Danie Matthee of Newcastle, and sent on by Steve Crump of 30DegreesSouth UK, is now available in the UK as well./Met spesiale vergunning van Mark Raats, is die GRATIS aanbieding aan alle SAW veterane om hierdie pragtige NUWE 13cm x 13cm SAW OUMAN plakker deur die pos te ontvang, - met komplimente gedruk deur Danie Matthee van Newcastle, en aangestuur deur Steve Crump van 30DegreesSouth UK, nou ook beskikbaar in die Verenigde Koninkryk.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 2 - Monday, July 18, 2011
Our twenty-eigth Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 2, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The first article in a series on FOREIGN AID - 'Russian policy on Angola'; Losses of the Soviet military advisors & specialists; Historical background – The Portuguese Colony of Angola, Part 1; Featured Equipment: The Snotneus M79 40mm grenade launcher; Operation Moduler: The last attacks, Part 2; This week 23 years ago; Composition of active enemy forces (SA & UNITA); An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army, Part 1. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
NEW: Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 1 - Saturday, July 16, 2011
Over a week late, but finally here it is: The start of a NEW VOLUME! The twenty-seventh Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 1, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: Planned Features of Volume 2; The song written by I. Zhdarkin in Cuito-Cuanavale; Angola – Geographical features; Featured Equipment: The AGS-17 grenade launcher; Operation Moduler: The last attacks, Part 1; This week 23 years ago; Composition of the group of 21 Bde Soviet advisors; Losses of the FAPLA 21 infantry brigade. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
15mm (1/110th scale) SADF models added to Online Ordering - Saturday, July 16, 2011
A 15mm (or roughly 1/110th scale) range of Ratels, Buffels and Casspirs have been added. They are bigger than the 1/300 but not as big or as expensive as the plastic 1/72nd scale models. All made of white metal, and intended for wargaming use. I am busy painting my own selection and will soon load some photos   read more...
PREMIUM CONTENT: BORDER PROBLEMS completed - Saturday, July 16, 2011
The About section on 'BORDER PROBLEMS', specifically intended for PREMIUM MEMBERS, have been completed. Topics include: River and Cut Line (“Kaplyn”); Revival of SWAPO-activities; Angolan liberation movements penetrate to the south; Border Clashes; Securing the border; Ruacana-Calueque; Terrorism threat; The establishment of 5 Sub-Area; Reaction to occupation   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 26 - Friday, July 01, 2011
Our twenty-sixth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 26, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The ninth and final part of the series of articles on “BORDER PROBLEMS” - Reaction to occupation; Featured Equipment: The Browning M2HB .50inch Heavy Machine Gun; Operation Moduler: The Chambinga Gallop, the final part; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor, the last entry. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 25 - Saturday, June 25, 2011
Our twenty-fifth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 25, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The seventh part of the series of articles on “BORDER PROBLEMS” - Terrorism threat; Featured Equipment: The The DShK 12.7mm heavy machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - The establishment of 5 Sub-Area; Operation Moduler: The Chambinga Gallop, Part 5; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
SADF Roll Of Honour 1961-1994 - Saturday, June 18, 2011
This is an unofficial version of the SADF Roll Of Honour, listing all those members of the SADF that died in the line of duty from the start of the SADF in 1961 to its termination in 1994. An attempt to provide alternative means to list, locate and find the names of loved ones that made the ultimate sacrifice.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 24 - Saturday, June 18, 2011
Our twenty-fourth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 24, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The sixth part of the series of articles on “BORDER PROBLEMS” - Ruacana-Calueque; Featured Equipment: The Browning M1919A4 (MG4) 7.62mm machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Infiltration by UNITA and MPLA in Cuando-Cubango, Part 4; Operation Moduler: The Chambinga Gallop, Part 4; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; Operation Moduler Map - The escape of 21 Brigade. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 23 - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Our twenty-third Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 23, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fifth part of the series of articles on “BORDER PROBLEMS” - Securing the border; Featured Equipment: The SGM machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Infiltration by UNITA and MPLA in Cuando-Cubango, Part 3; Operation Moduler: The Chambinga Gallop, Part 3; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Operation Askari 1983-1984 - Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Dudley Wall was an Intelligence Officer with 61 Mechanised Battalion Group during Operation Askari. The e-book below was graciously provided by him for everyone interested in Operation Askari, with his compliments.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, issue 22 - Sunday, June 05, 2011
Our twenty-second Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 22, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fourth part of the series of articles on “BORDER PROBLEMS” - Border Clashes; Featured Equipment: The Vickers machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Infiltration by UNITA and MPLA in Cuando-Cubango, Part 2; Operation Moduler: The Chambinga Gallop, Part 2; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; From the WarBlogs: “Close Encounters of the MiG kind“, Part 2. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
URGENT! SA MILITARY VETERANS, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION - Sunday, June 05, 2011
We, the citizens of S.A. are extremely concerned and disappointed that the definition of a Military Veteran has been changed by Mr Makwetla, the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, when addressing the Parliamentary Committee on 25th May 2011. Having seen the newspaper reports, PMG summary and minutes of that meeting it appears that conscripts and Reserve Force members are no longer considered to be part of the Defence Force! Thus they will not be considered as Military Veterans in South Africa.   read more...
Videos loaded: Brothers In Arms - Sunday, June 05, 2011
New videos from YouTube have been loaded in the Videos Section: Brothers In Arms, and a nice selection of SADF material   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 21 - Friday, May 27, 2011
Our twenty-first Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 21, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The third part of the series of articles on “BORDER PROBLEMS” - Angolan liberation movements penetrate to the south; Featured Equipment: The PKM light machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Infiltration by UNITA and MPLA in Cuando-Cubango, Part 1; Operation Moduler: The Chambinga Gallop; This week 23 years ago; SAAF Impalas shoot down Cuban Mi-25 Hinds, Part 4; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; From the WarBlogs: “Close Encounters of the MiG kind“. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance
Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance at 09h15 for 09h50 on Sunday, 29 May 2011 and to lay a wreath or plant a cross to commemorate the members of the SA Defence Force who died in the performance of service during the period 31 May 1961 (the coming of the Republic) and 27 April 1994 (disbandment of the SA Defence Force).   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 20 - Friday, May 20, 2011
Our twentieth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 20, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The second part of the series of articles on “BORDER PROBLEMS” - Revival of SWAPO activities; Featured Equipment: The SS77 general purpose machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Portuguease positioning; Operation Moduler: Objectives A and B, Part 4; This week 23 years ago; SAAF Impalas shoot down Cuban Mi-25 Hinds, Part 3; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Photo Essay of Casevac of 201 Bn wounded, by Jim Hooper - Thursday, May 19, 2011
Photo Essay of an Alouette Casevac of three 201 Battalion soldiers wounded in two separate incidents by POM-Z anti-personnel mines near the Chandelier Road between Elundu and Nkongo, by Jim Hooper   read more...
GHOLFDAG TEN BATE VAN DIE 61 MEG VETERANE MUSEUM FONDS - Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Nico Uys (oud 61ér van 1981) het teen die agtergrond goeie skakeling met die Durbanville gholfklub en die Suid Afrikaanse vereniging van senior golfspelers in die Weskaap bewerkstellig in die mate dat die twee instansies 'n golfdag aanpak ten bate van die 61 MVV se museum. Vrydag 20 Mei 2011 is 'n ongelooflike geleentheid waar ons oor die 100 spelers verwag!   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 19 - Monday, May 16, 2011
Our nineteenth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 19, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The nineteenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - river and Cut Line ("Kaplyn"); Featured Equipment: The RPK light machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - 1 Air Component and 1 Military Area; Operation Moduler: Objectives A and B, Part 3; This week 23 years ago; SAAF Impalas shoot down Cuban Mi-25 Hinds, Part 2; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; Operation Moduler: Map of Objectives A and B. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
General Photos - Training & Operational added to Gallery - Friday, May 06, 2011
A selection of photos from the collection of Bobby Thomson, covering his training in Potchefstroom as a Gunner, his service at Katima Mulilo in 1978, and his time at Onjiva with the Joint Monitoring Commission in 1984.   read more...
50th Anniversary of 1 Parachute Battalion & Cassinga/Remembrance Day Parade - Friday, May 06, 2011
It was thought fitting to combine the 50th Anniversary of 1 Parachute Battalion with the Cassinga/Remembrance Day Parade. The Parade will be held on Sunday, 8th May 2011 at the Museum of Military History (War Museum) in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. Service to commence at 10:30 sharp.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 18 - Friday, May 06, 2011
Our eighteenth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 18, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The eighteenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Expansion of the fighting; Featured Equipment: The FN MAG machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - South African aid to Portugal; Operation Moduler: Objectives A and B, Part 2; This week 23 years ago; SAAF Impalas shoot down Cuban Mi-25 Hinds, Part 1; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 17 - Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Our seventeenth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 17, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The seventeenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - July fighting; Featured Equipment: The RPD light machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - SWAPO, Part 2; Operation Moduler: Objectives A and B; This week 23 years ago; The Tale of the Ancient Armourer, Part 3; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 16 - Thursday, April 28, 2011
Our sixteenth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 16, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The sixteenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - MPLA endeavours; Featured Equipment: The superb Bren machine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - SWAPO, Part 1; Operation Moduler: SADF Forces involved in the attack on 16 Brigade; This week 23 years ago; The Tale of the Ancient Armourer, Part 2; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
PREMIUM CONTENT - POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA - Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The complete chapter on 'POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA', which has had several articles featured in the weekly Newsletter, has now been completely uploaded as Premium Content into the About section. It is accessible to PREMIUM MEMBERS only.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 15 - Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Our fifteenth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 15, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fifteenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - UNITA’s peaceful policy; Featured Equipment: The Degtyarev DP LMG; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - The conflict in eastern Angola; Operation Moduler: Fapla movements after the attack on 16 Brigade; This week 23 years ago; The Tale of the Ancient Armourer; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Gallery of CASEVAC by Alouette - by Jim Hooper - Monday, April 18, 2011
Photo sequence of a CASEVAC started off at Eenhana, when an Alo flown by Rick Dooley was scrambled to casevac a 'brown'.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 14 - Monday, April 11, 2011
Our fourteenth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 14, is now available for download free of charge to all Registered Users of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fourteenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” -The position of the FNLA; Featured Equipment: The Z88 Service Pistol; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Portuguese warfare & in the Dembos; Operation Moduler: The Attack on 16 Brigade Part 4; This week 23 years ago; Operation Moduler: Combat Group Bravo Attacked; Operation Moduler: Map of attack on 16 Bde; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Registered Users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
Photos of Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell), 1980 - Monday, April 11, 2011
Some EXCLUSIVE photos from the collection of Kobus Nortje, not for the faint hearted! Due to the EXPLICIT nature of some of the photos in this collection, it is ONLY available to Registered Users and PREMIUM MEMBERS.   read more...
Gallery of G2 Gun at Katimo Mulilo, 1986, by Jim Hooper - Monday, April 11, 2011
Jim Hooper took these photos during his time with the Gunners at Katimo Mulilo in 1986. They even allowed him to pull the lanyard for one round....'I should imagine they're just the thing to warm the cockles of an old artilleryman's heart', Jim said about his experience   read more...
The 2011 National Gunners Memorial - Monday, April 04, 2011
The 2011 National Gunners Memorial Service will be hosted at the Gunners Memorial in Potchefstroom on 17 April 2011.   read more...
Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 13 - Monday, April 04, 2011
Due to Page Sponsorships having only covered the free distribution of the first eight issues (which I stretched on for another four), I am no longer able to send out the Newsletters as attachments to the War In Angola Announcements Bulk Email. This will be in effect from Volume 1, Issue 13, dated 1 April 2011. It means that you will no longer receive the Newsletter as PART of your email, but that you will have to LOG ON and download the Newsletter yourself every week. Public users will no longer have direct access to the Newsletter, only Registered users (which includes all PREMIUM MEMBERS as well).

In this SPECIAL issue:
  • The thirteenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - First Clashes;
  • Featured Equipment: The Tokarev TT-33 pistol;
  • PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Socio-economic Policy;
  • Operation Moduler: the Attack on 16 Brigade Part 3;
  • Operation Moduler: Map as on 9 Nov 1987;
  • The rationale behind the attack on 16 Brigade;
  • This week 23 years ago;
  • From the diary of a Russian Advisor.

  • Registered users have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...

    "Trying to destroy the Olifants" - Wednesday, March 23, 2011
    Today marks the 23rd anniversary of the Third Attack on the Tumpo Triangle at Cuito Cuanavale in 1988. Read about this most unusual set of events and after the battle, posted on the WARBLOGS.   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 12 - Saturday, March 26, 2011
    Our twelfth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 12, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The twelfth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Background to internal strife; Featured Equipment: The excellent Star pistol; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - UNITA in war; Operation Moduler: the Attack on 16 Brigade Part 2; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Visitors have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
    3 PARCHUTE BATTALION BIRTHDAY PARADE - Saturday, March 26, 2011
    A mock attack and parade will be held at the Bloemfontein Military Sports Grounds on 1 April 2011.   read more...
    'Siggi Mueller's' in Boksburg, J'burg - Saturday, March 26, 2011
    Does anyone know if Siggi Mueller's is still open? Please send your feedback to Terry via the forum   read more...
    Photos from the collection of Andy van Eeden - Saturday, March 26, 2011
    Photos from Andy van Eeden has been added to the 'General Photos - the SWA Border' Gallery.   read more...
    Daniel Francisco Roxo (HC), 1 Reconnaissance Regiment - Friday, March 25, 2011
    if anyone can assist with information regarding Daniel Roxo from March 1975 - August 1976, please contact Stephen through his post on the Forum   read more...
    Photos taken after Operation Protea in 1981 - Friday, March 25, 2011
    A series of photos taken by the late Pierre Oosthuysen, a press photographer, after Operation Protea, showing some of the Soviet equipment captured by the SADF during the operation. Photos used by permission with grateful acknowledgement to his widow, Adriana Stuijt, who provided us with this collection.   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 11 - Monday, March 21, 2011
    Our eleventh Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 11, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The eleventh part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Terms of Alvor; Featured Equipment: The handy Makarov pistol; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - The MPLA in war; Operation Moduler: the Attack on 16 Brigade Part 1; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor. Visitors have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 10 - Wednesday, March 16, 2011
    Our tenth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 10, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The tenth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Prelude to Alvor; Featured Equipment: The Uzi submachine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - The FNLA in war; Operation Moduler: The Destruction of 47 Brigade Part 3; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; 59 Brigade ambushes Combat Group Alpha; and Specialist equipment of the Soviet Union. Visitors have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 9 - Friday, March 11, 2011
    Our ninth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 9, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The ninth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - UNITA – cautious policy of Dr. Jonas Savimbi; Featured Equipment: The PPSh-41 submachine gun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Foreign Assistance to Angola Part 2; Operation Moduler: The Destruction of 47 Brigade Part 2; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; and Specialist equipment of the Soviet Union. Visitors have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
    Photos from Operation Daisy, 1981 - Friday, March 04, 2011
    Operation Daisy was the deepest penetration into Angola since the South African intervention in 1975, Operation Savannah. On 1 Nov 1981, a mechanised force crossed the border, moving to Ionde, some 120km inside Angola, and attacked Cheraquera on 4 Nov. Here are a few exclusive photos taken during the operation   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 8 - Wednesday, March 02, 2011
    Our eighth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 8, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The eighth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Reaction of the MPLA; Featured Equipment: The Remington 870 Shotgun; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Foreign Assistance to Angola; Operation Sceptic: Alouette shot down by RPG-7 Part 2; Operation Moduler: The Destruction of 47 brigade; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; Visitors have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
    First In, Last Out: The South African Artillery in Action in Angola, 1975-1988 - Sunday, February 27, 2011
    On 17 March 2011, the Cape Town Branch of the South African Military History Society (SAMHS) presents Lt-Col Clive Wilsworth, the author of a recently-published a book on the history of the South African Artillery's role in the Border War and in Angola. The title of the book, First In, Last Out: The South African Artillery in Action, 1975-1988*, reflects the subject of our talk for March. Lt-Col Wilsworth's military career was inextricably linked to artillery from his call-up for National Service in 1969, to his retirement from the military in 1994.   read more...
    Exclusive Photo Gallery of Operation Protea added - Friday, February 25, 2011
    This collection of 99 EXCLUSIVE slides have been provided to War In Angola by Jaco van Zyl and comprises of snapshots taken during Operation Protea in August 1981, mostly of Combat Group 20 and their attack on Xangongo and Ongiva...   read more...
    School of Artillery Tiddler Invitation - Friday, February 25, 2011
    The Officer Commanding, School of Artillery, has the pleasure of inviting all Gunners (SSgt – Gen), Ex - Gunners and Friends of the Gunners to attend a School of Artillery Tiddler on Thursday 17 March 2011   read more...
    PRO PATRIA REUNION PARADE, BENONI - Thursday, February 24, 2011
    All members of the SADF who were awarded or qualified for the Pro Patria Medal are invited to attend the Pro Patria Parade at Reveille Shellhole, Benoni on Saturday 26 February 2011. Legions, Associations and Veterans groups are invited to be present at the Parade. Reunion Formation 14h30 for 15h00   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 7 - Monday, February 21, 2011
    Our seventh Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 7, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The seventh part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Reaction of the FNLA; Featured Equipment: The durable Mosin-Nagant rifle; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Ideological background of the blacks; Operation Sceptic: Alouette shot down by RPG-7; Operation Moduler: 21 Brigade Tries Again; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; Visitors have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
    SAAF Impalas shoot down Cuban Mi-25 Hinds - Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    Excerpted from Bloodsong, Copyright © Jim Hooper 2011. A personal account given by Lt. Col. Pine Pienaar of the day he shot down a Cuban Hind assault helicopter with his Impala Mk2 jet aircraft.   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 6 - Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    Our sixth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 6, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The sixth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Reaction of the black liberation movements; Featured Equipment: The tough R4 battle rifle; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - Ideological background of the whites; Operation Moduler: First Clashes with 47 Brigade Part 4; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; SADF Order of Battle: Operation Moduler; Visitors have the choice to download the standard, small, high quality, or press quality version.   read more...
    Operations Protea and Daisy - Friday, February 11, 2011
    I am starting to prepare a series of 10 articles on Operation Protea and 5 on Operation Daisy for inclusion in the newsletters during August through November of this year. Your stories and photos and any help with these operations will be most welcome. Please just email your contribution(s) directly to johan@warinangola.com.  
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 5 - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
    Our fifth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 5, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: The fifth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Political parties in Angola; Featured Equipment: The anachronistic Simonov SKS rifle; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - The revolution of 1961 Part 2; Operation Moduler: First Clashes with 47 Brigade Part 3; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; NEW: From the Warblogs! Visitors have the choice to download a small file version, or the high quality, or press versions.   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 4 - Monday, January 31, 2011
    Our fourth Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 4, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com.
    In this issue: The fourth part of the series of articles on “THE POWER STRUGGLE IN ANGOLA” - Decolonisation; Featured Equipment: The hard-hitting R1 battle rifle; PORTUGAL’S DESPERATE EFFORTS TO KEEP ANGOLA - The revolution of 1961 Part 1; Operation Moduler: First Clashes with 47 Brigade Part 2; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; Map of the Operation Moduler First Clashes - 9-16 September 1987. Visitors have the choice to download a small file version, or the standard, high quality, or press versions.   read more...

    Lowveld District MOTH Annual Pro Patria Parade - Monday, January 31, 2011
    We, the Lowveld District MOTH, extend an invitation to you and your respective divisions to join us commemorate our annual Pro Patria Parade in Barberton on Saturday 12th Feb. 2011.
    The Pro Patria (For Our Country) Memorial Parade applies to all forces that are, and which have been, involved in the protection of our country..
    Wreath’s will be laid, and should any one wishing to lay a wreath please contact the district beforehand so as to arrange. Wreaths to be supplied by those wishing to lay a wreath   read more...

    Operation “10 Victorious Years of FAPLA” - by Andre Babaian - Friday, January 28, 2011
    September 26, 1984.
    From early morning, the brigades were on the move continuing the march toward Cunjamba, a ghost village midway between Cuito Cuanovale and Mavinga. The whole armada was comprised of 3 brigades: the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade (MIB) that was on the left flank; the 16th Infantry Brigade (IB) - in the middle, and our 13th Airborne-Assault Brigade (AAB) - on the right flank.   read more...

    HARBINGER OF WAR - by Jim Hooper - Friday, January 28, 2011
    It's raining. For days now, the skies to the north have been grey and threatening, the grey moving a little farther south each day. And last night the first of it finally arrived, rain heralded by sudden wind and the distant drums of muted thunder. Tonight again, harder: glistening, thrashing trees caught in the blue-white – fst! – of lightning, the sudden crack! shaking the air, the rumbling aftermath drowned by the roaring downpour.
    There's been frustration, tenseness here, waiting for the real rains, the harbinger of war. And now they've come, carrying with them the sounds of destruction.

    A special extract made for War In Angola from his book "KOEVOET!"   read more...

    Short film report of 15 minutes on the 2010 61 Mech Angolan expedition - Friday, January 28, 2011
    Carte Blanche (on MNET) will broadcast a short story on the 2010 61 Mech expedition to Angola. This will help to get their message across. Please advise your friends and other veterans Sunday, January 30 · 7:00pm - 8:00pm   read more...
    Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 3, is available for download - Monday, January 24, 2011
    Our third Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 3, is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this issue: A new regime in Angola; The Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle; The forming of the FNLA; Operation Moduler: First Clashes with 47 Brigade Part 1; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; Visitors have the choice to download a small file version, or the standard, high quality, or press versions.   read more...
    1985 ‘Aeroflot’ Antonov-12 crash - By Andre Babaian - Friday, January 21, 2011
    On November 25, 1985, an “Aeroflot” Antonov AN-12, cargo airplane in route from Cuito Cuanavale to Luanda was shot down and crashed approximately 43 km of Menongue, the provincial center of the Cuando Cubango province, Angola. The incident took place in the aftermath of FAPLA’s operation “2 Congresso do Partido” conducted against UNITA military formations in the 6th Military Region.   read more...
    Download the free weekly Newsletter Vol 1, Issue 2 - Monday, January 17, 2011
    It is our privilege to send out our second Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 2, which is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this second issue: The Fall of the Caetano government continued; The G3 Battle Rifle; Origin of the MPLA continued; Operation Moduler: First Clash with 21 Brigade; This week 23 years ago; From the diary of a Russian Advisor; Visitors have the choice to download a small file version, or the standard, high quality, or press versions.   read more...
    NEW: “An Unpopular War” 900x600mm High Quality Poster - Monday, January 17, 2011
    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 WarInAngola.com. 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.   read more...
    New WARBLOGS for PREMIUM MEMBERS - Monday, January 17, 2011
    There are akready a few personal stories and some photos on the WarBlogs pages which are exclusively for the stories of PREMIUM MEMBERS of War In Angola. It will grow gradually, so please keep visiting them to see how they develop. Feel free to drop them a comment...   read more...
    An SADF ou man looks at conscription in the East German army - Monday, January 17, 2011
    One of the countries that was involved in Angola, even though contacts with them were rare, was the DDR [East Germany]. There were a substantial number of NVA [East German Army] advisers in Angola, and their Head of State, Erich Honecker, made an official visit to Luanda. Phillip Vietri compares conscription in the NVA with National Service in the old SADF.   read more...
    Free Weekly Newsletter available for download - Sunday, January 09, 2011
    With over 3,800 UNIQUE visitors to War In Angola, viewing in excess of 56,000 pages per month, the time has come to allow a select few to rise above the rest! For this purpose, we have not only introduced our NEW PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION, but also launched our first Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 1, which is now available for download free of charge to all visitors of WarInAngola.com. In this first issue: The Fall of the Caetano government; The versatile AK-47; Origin of the MPLA; Operation Moduler: First Contact; and a free colour map of 1975 Angola. Visitors have the choice to download a small file version, or the standard, high quality, or press versions.   read more...
    The Tale of the Ancient Armourer - by Phillip Vietri - Saturday, January 08, 2011
    There were many different tasks involved with the weapons programme of the mid-1970s, some of them, on the surface, rather funny. Here are a few tales of life and work as an armourer in the LWT of a stores depot.   read more...
    'Juba' Joubert - by Jim Hooper - Monday, January 03, 2011
    SAAF helicopter pilots were heavily involved in Angola, regularly penetrating deep behind enemy lines in support of ground forces. Though the primary target of cross-border operations was Swapo terrorists attempting to infiltrate into South West Africa/Namibia, they often faced Cuban-flown gunships and jet fighters, as well as Soviet-operated missiles. Jim Hooper interviews a real "chopper pilot".   read more...
    FREE OFFER TO ALL SADF VETERANS/GRATIS AANBOD AAN ALLE SADF VETERANE - Wednesday, December 15, 2010
    With special permission from Mark Raats, the FREE offer to all SADF Veterans to receive a magnificent NEW 13cm x 13cm SADF OUMAN Sticker, courtesy of Danie Matthee of Newcastle has been reinstated/Met spesiale vergunning van Mark Raats, is die GRATIS aanbieding aan alle SAW veterane om hierdie pragtige NUWE 13cm x 13cm SAW OUMAN plakker deur die pos te ontvang, - met komplimente vanaf Danie Matthee van Newcastle.   read more...
    Refight Gallery: The Destruction of 47 Brigade - Monday, December 13, 2010
    We have refought our Scenario 6: "The Destruction of 47 Brigade" which occurred on 3 October 1987, at the WESTERN CAPE WARGAMES CHAMPIONSHIPS on Sunday the 5th of December 2010. Things did NOT go entirely the way the South Africans wanted! And during the Preliminaries of the Saturday, events turned out seriously wrong for them too! See the photos in the gallery.   read more...
    SADF Artillery section completed - Friday, December 10, 2010
    Comprehensive specifications of the QF 88mm G-1 gun, the BL 140mm G-2 medium gun, the BL 155mm G-4 gun/howitzer, the BL 155mm G-5 gun/howitzer, 155m G-6 SPG, the 120mm M-5 Mortar and the 127mm MRL have all been added under the SADF Equipment lists.   read more...
    Western Cape Wargames Championships - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
    PENINSULA WARGAMES GROUP AFFILIATED TO MIND SPORTS SOUTH AFRICA WESTERN CAPE WARGAMES CHAMPIONSHIPS on 4 & 5 DECEMBER 2010   read more...
    URGENT APPEAL: Clearing the minefields around Cuito Cuanavale - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
    The HALO Trust is busy clearing the extensive mine belts around Cuito Cuanavale which was left over from the heavy fighting in the area between 1985 and 1988, in which South Africa Forces were involved. They URGENTLY need help in locating these minefields accurately.   read more...
    Refight Gallery: 21 Brigade Tries Again - Wednesday, December 01, 2010
    We have refought our Scenario 5: "21 Brigade Tries Again" which occurred on 18 September 1987, last Thiursday evening, 25 November. See the photos in the gallery.   read more...
    Refight of 21 Brigade Tries Again - 18 Sep 1987 - Thursday, November 25, 2010
    The refight of 21 Brigade's attempt to cross the Lomba once again to establish a bridgehead and replenish 47 Brigade will occur on 25 November 2010 at the Rondebosch Library. For the scenario   read more...
    "WE'VE GOT A RUSSIAN!" - by Jim Hooper - Wednesday, November 24, 2010
    Although thousands of Soviet military advisors and technicians served in Angola, only once did Red Army personnel find themselves in direct combat with the SADF. Jim Hooper’s interview with the 32 Battalion company commander involved in the action is the only eyewitness account of an event that resulted in the death of two Russian lieutenant colonels and the capture of a sergeant major...   read more...
    UNITA in the field - Jim Hooper - A Gallery - Saturday, November 20, 2010
    Between August 1988 and September 1989, Jim Hooper made three trips, totalling almost eight months, with Unita. The hundreds of photos he took represent a unique visual history of Jonas Savimbi's semi-conventional forces. Here is a small sample also containing some PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED PHOTOS!.
      read more...

    Refight of the Destruction of 47 Brigade - 3 Oct 1987 - Wednesday, November 10, 2010
    We are finally getting to refight this incredible battle where an entire Fapla Brigade was destroyed on the banks of the Lomba River by the attacking South African force, some 23 years ago. Interested parties are invited to participate in this refight which is schedule to coincide with the Western Cape Wargames Championships on the 4th and 5th of December.   read more...
    Videos about the Portuguese Colonial War (1961-1974) - Sunday, October 24, 2010
    Some very interesting and entertaining videos which create a genuine "feel" for the Portuguese Colonial War period and the prevailing conditions. The war that set the norm for the battles that were still to come...eventually involving multiple nationalities and escalating into the "War For Africa!". An ideal backgrounder for anyone who wants to understand the underlying motives and reasons that led to South Africa getting involved in a war in another country, not only fighting the Angolans and SWAPO, but Cubans and Russians as well!   read more...
    Ag man dit “WAS” lekker in die Army - Monday, October 18, 2010
    'n Gratis aflaaibare boek saamgestel deur Danie Matthee, bestaande uit 'n versameling komiese stories wat handel van basies tot uitklaar, met spotprente van die ouens wat in die ou SA Weermag was.
    DANKIE, DANIE!
    [Oh man it "WAS" nice in the Army] - A free downloadable book compiled by Danie Matthee, comprising of a collection of comical stories covering from 'basics' to 'uitklaar', with caricatures of the guys in the old SA Defence force.
    THANK YOU, DANIE! UNFORTUNATELY ONLY AVAILABLE IN AFRIKAANS!   read more...

    Videos about the History of Angola - Saturday, October 9, 2010
    Some very interesting videos about the History of Angola relating to the war have been added - A video from The Eduardo dos Santos Foundation (FESA), as well as some videos about the CIA's involvement with the "Angolan Revolution" in 1975.   read more...
    FREE OFFER TO ALL SADF WAR VETERANS / GRATIS AANBOD AAN ALLE SAW OORLOG VETERANE - Thursday, October 07, 2010
    Free offer to all SADF Veterans to receive a magnificent free 13cm x 13cm SADF WAR VETERAN Sticker, courtesy of Danie Matthee of Newcastle/Gratis aanbieding aan alle SAW veterane om hierdie pragtige 13cm x 13cm SAW OORLOG VETERAAN plakker deur die pos te ontvang, - met komplimente vanaf Danie Matthee van Newcastle.   read more...
    Rub shoulders with the 61 Mech Veterans of Cape Town - Tuesday, September 28, 2010
    "Skouerskuur op Vrydag, 15 Oktober, vir die 61 Meg veterane by die Milnerton Moths se Shellhole". The veterans of 61 Mech Bn will be meeting on Friday, 15 October at the Milnerton Moths' Shellhole in Killarney.   read more...
    61 Mechanised Infantry Bn Grp Figthing- and A-Echelon vehicles - Friday, September 24, 2010
    For the first time, every vehicle of the Fighting Echelon of the famous 61 Mechanised Infantry Battalion Group has been reproduced in miniature on a 1:1 basis, as well as a selection of A-Echelon vehicles for each sub-unit. See all these miniature vehicles grouped together in a single photograph and get an idea of the size of the unit. Keep in mind that only integral attachments are included and not the attachments made in late 1987.   read more...
    WarInAngola.com website moved to a USA-based ISP - Thursday, August 19, 2010
    Due to the increased popularity of the site which caused a dramatic increase in hosting costs with my local South-African Internet Service Provider, I decided to move the site to a US-based server. Not only will this show an increase in performance to all overseas visitors, but wil alsol help me keep the hosting costs as low as possble. Even so, I am considering various revenue streams to help carry the cost of this project, which includes SPONSORSHIPS, ADVERTISING, SALES, and SUBSCRIPTIONS to additional information.  
    Latest Visitors Statistics for WarInAngola.com - Monday, August 02, 2010
    Since the beginning of Feb 2009, the WarInAngola.com family of sites had 118,995 visitors viewing 774,762 pages and 57,286,682 hits up to the 31st of July 2010. This shows a growth of more than 1500% since Jan 2009.   read more...
    About: Portugal's desperate efforts to keep Angola - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    Political unrest in Angola from 1961 onwards caused Portugal to take desparate measures to keep the colony. See the new historical chapter added to the About Section.   read more...
    SADF's 61 Mech Bn Gp vs Fapla's 47 Brigade - Friday, July 09, 2010
    Static display of 1/300th scale miniatures (in a 1:1 ratio) of the SADF's 61 Mechanised Battalion Group's vehicles and equipment as compared to a typical tank-heavy reinforced Fapla Infantry Brigade such as 47 Brigade and the Tactical Group which were both destroyed by a 61 Mech Battle Group in the Battle at the Lomba River of 3 October 1987.
    The display will be part of a talk and presentation by well-known photographer/photo-journalist, Cloete Breytenbach, on Thursday evening, 12 August 2010, at the monthly meeting of the Cape Town Branch of the South African Military History Society.   read more...

    UNITA, Angola and the Media - A Personal Retrospective by Cloete Breytenbach - Friday, July 09, 2010
    The Cape Town Branch of the South African Military History Society is pleased to present the well-known photographer/photo-journalist, Cloete Breytenbach, who had the unforgettable experience of spending long periods of time in the bush deep inside Angola, documenting the Angolan War from the perspective of one of the three main contenders for political control in the war-ravaged country, UNITA (União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola - National Union for the Total Independence of Angola). This will be presented durng their monthly meeting on Thursday, 12 August 2010.   read more...
    Historical Account: The Last Battle and the Air Attack on Calueque - Sunday, June 27, 2010
    Worried that the Cuban force in south-western Angola might yet move on either Calueque or Ruacana, The South Africans prepared to deal with that if it were to happen. Read this account of the last battle between Cuban/Angolan and South African conventional forces 22 years ago, on 7 June 1988.   read more...
    Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance - Friday, June 18, 2010
    Annual commemoration service and wreath laying ceremony at the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance at 09h15 for 09h50 on Sunday, 15 August 2010 and to lay a wreath or plant a cross to commemorate the members of the SA Defence Force who died in the performance of service during the period 31 May 1961 (the coming of the Republic) and 27 April 1994 (disbandment of the SA Defence Force).   read more...
    Featured Equipment: the SADF's 155mm G-6 Self-Propelled Gun - Friday, June 18, 2010
    See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF's revolutionary G-6 gun is featured. Next feature: an equivalent FAPLA artillery piece, the M-46 130mm gun.   read more...
    About: Historical Overview - Angola until 1960 - Monday, June 07, 2010
    A new section on the History of Angola up to 1960 have been added to the About Section as background information. It includes: The Portuguese Colony of Angola; Inland Exploration; Transvaal Farmers in Angola; Colonial Formation; Emergence of the Angolan freedom movements; The forming of the MPLA; The forming of the FNLA.   read more...
    English verison of "Grensoorlog" not available - Monday, June 07, 2010
    Linda de Jager has just announced to me that the English version of the "Grensoorlog" DVDs will not be available for some time due to a lack of sponsors, at least until further notice. If anyone is interested in coming on board in this respect, please contact me. In the interim, you can still order the Afrikaans version.   read more...
    SADF Artillery section added - Sunday, May 30, 2010
    Comprehensive specifications of the QF 88mm G-1 gun, the BL 140mm G-2 medium gun, the BL 155mm G-4 gun/howitzer, and the BL 155mm G-5 gun/howitzer have been added under the SADF Equipment lists.   read more...
    Angola Geographically (in 1975) with Map - Monday, May 17, 2010
    Angola is a large country which covers some 1 246 700 square kilometres, somewhat larger than the Republic of South Africa, and about as large as France, Spain, and the United kingdom put together. After Zaire, Angola is the largest state in Africa south of the Sahara. It is located between the fourth and eighteenth latitudes south, therefore completely within the tropics, and between the eleventh and thirtieth longitudes east. The country is divided into 16 districts, of which one, Cabinda, forms a completely separate enclave north on the Congo river estuary.   read more...
    Video footage: "Red Africa" - the story of a totally unknown Russian War - Monday, May 10, 2010
    This Russian documentary, loaded from Rutube.ru, show a unique perspective from the Russian advisers that participated in the War In Angola... even includes an exclusve interview with Nikolay Pestretsov, the Russian adviser captured duirng Operation Protea in 1981.   read more...
    Video footage: Secret history. Africa. Undeclared war - Wednesday, May 12, 2010
    A Russian documentary about the South African Special Forces or "Reconniassance Commandos" (Recces). Features interviews with ex-Recces! The sinking of Russian and Cuban ships in the Angolan harbours by the Recces are discussed in great detail. (Unfortunately no English transcipts available!)   read more...
    List of Equipment Used In the War in Angola - Friday, April 23, 2010
    We are working on extensive lists for the Angolan/Cuban//Swapo, mostly Soviet supplied equipment, as well as the SADF/Unita equipment used in the War in Angola and generally in the entire Bush War as it was known. This will include land forces and air forces of both sides.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: the SADF's Eland-90 Armoured Car - Wednesday, April 07, 2010
    See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF's Eland-90 armoured car is featured. Next feature: an equivalent FAPLA reconnaissance vehicle - the PT-76 amphibious light tank.   read more...
    Vriende van die GRENSOORLOG GEDENKMUUR - MANNEAAND - 2010 - Wednesday, March 31, 2010
    Op Vrydag 23 April, 19h00 te Bobbiespark, Bloemfontein. Aandag alle oud-Soldate - Bring u vriende en kom kuier saam (Dames is welkom). Dr. L.J. Bothma, die skrywer van "Die Buffel Struikel - 'n Storie van 32 Bataljon en sy mense," sal ons meer vertel oor Savate 30 jaar gelede.   read more...
    Rub shoulders with the 61 Mech Veterans of Cape Town - Wednesday, March 17, 2010
    "Skouerskuur op Vrydag, 26 Maart, vir die 61 Meg veterane by die Milnerton Moths se Shellhole". The veterans of 61 Mech Bn will be meeting on Friday, 26 March at the Milnerton Moths' Shellhole in Killarney.   read more...
    "Grensoorlog" (Border War) Images loaded - Monday, March 08, 2010
    Hundreds of images from the 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, which is now available as a 2 volume set of DVDs, are reproduced on select pages with kind permission from MNET. Both volumes of DVDs are now available for order.   read more...
    Gallery of our refight of the 5 Recce tank hunting team ambush - Monday, February 22, 2010
    I have published the photos of our refight of this "What-If" scenario which we played on the 11th of February. Can the 5 Recce tank hunting teams actually get to fire at the tanks of 59 Brigade? Check out the possibilities.   read more...
    New Galleries and Slideshow loaded - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
    For your viewing pleasure, check out the new "Photos from Operation Moduler" photo album, (thanks to Maarten Geerlings), and "The Miniature Battlefield - a slideshow" under the Gallery Section.   read more...
    Refight: 5 Recce tank-hunting teams attempt to ambush 59 Bde's tanks - Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010
    16 August 1987 - 59 Brigade had deployed just north of the Mianei. 5 Recce had already planned an ambush of this brigade with its tank-hunting teams, and this was now to be reinforced. But on 17 August, before any ambush could be sprung, Fapla took a hand in the course of events when all four of the Fapla forward brigades began to move during the day, with 47 and 59 Brigades both moving south towards the Lomba River..... Can the ambush be sprung? Or will it be overrun before it has any chance of success?   read more...
    TO&Es of 32 Bn, 61 Mech and 4 SAI revised - Sunday, January 24, 2010
    The TO&Es of the SADF's 32 Bn, 61 Mech Bn Gp, and 4 SAI Bn have been revised to fix ithe ncorrect number of OPOs and their vehicles of the artillery batteries. The Troop Commanders also act as OPOs in the field, so in effect there are STILL 4 OPOs per battery.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The Soviet BRDM-2 - Friday, January 22, 2010
    See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week FAPLA's use of the Soviet BRDM-2 Amphibious light armoured car is featured. Next feature: another SADF fire support vehicle, the Eland-90.   read more...
    New Video Footage: La Guerra en Angola (Cuaba) - Wednesday, January 20, 2010
    In 1975 began the longest conflict in Africa and one of the longest in the Cold War. See this truly amazing video documentary about the War In Angola, Directed by Miguel Fleitas, (ICAIC, FAR, MPLA). Lots of action footage, as seen from the Fapla and Cuban side. Unfortunately the commentary is in Spanish only.   read more...
    Former adversaries to meet in person on the former battlefields - Wednesday, January 13, 2010
    Brig-Genl. Dick Lord, South African Air Force, who led 1 Squadron, flying Mirage F1AZ fighter-bombers during operations in Angola, and Lt-Col Eduardo Gonzáles Sarria, Cuban Air Force (Rtd), with three operational tours in Angola during the Border War, will get to meet personally for the first time during the ANGOLA BATTLEFIELDS TOUR of 2010, when both will be accomanying the tour as experts.   read more...
    Exclusive Video Footage of the ANGOLA BATTLEFIELDS TOUR of 2009 - Thursday, December 31, 2009
    See exclusive footage of Colonel Jan Breytenbach's recent trip back to the battlefields of Angola where he acted as expert guide to the Angola Battlefields 2009 Tour. Only available to Registered Members of this site! So Register now!   read more...
    NEW! TO&Es for 61 Mech, 4 SAI and 32 Bn added - Sunday, December 20, 2009
    A new feature: the TO&Es of the units involved in the War In Angola will be added and updated on a regular basis. The first set of TO&Es include the SADF's 32 Bn, 61 Mech Bn Gp, and 4 SAI Bn   read more...
    New Videos Loaded - Thursday, December 10, 2009
    Videos showing the war from a Cuban perspective, a documentary about the Celebrations of the Cuban Victory at Cuito Cuanavale, and 'The Last Domino' - a South African documentary made in the 80's have all been loaded.   read more...
    Gallery of the refight of the attack on 16 Bde published - Monday, December 07, 2009
    We have done the refight and the photos have been uploaded to the Gallery! See the Mirages, Buccaneers, Olifants and G-6s in action!   read more...
    Western Cape Wargames Championships - Thursday, December 03, 2009
    PENINSULA WARGAMES GROUP AFFILIATED TO MIND SPORTS SOUTH AFRICA WESTERN CAPE WARGAMES CHAMPIONSHIPS on 5 & 6 DECEMBER 2009   read more...
    APPEAL FOR PARTICIPANTS IN REFIGHT ON 6 DEC- Saturday, November 28, 2009
    We are urgently looking for more participants to take part in our refight of the Attack on 16 Brigade of 9 November 1987. VETERANS WELCOME!   read more...
    ANGOLA Battlefields Tour: Winds of Change over Africa - Tuesday, November 24, 2009
    This is an official tour through Angola from 16 May to 3 June 2009, visiting some battles sites of the “War for Africa”, and accompanied by Brig-Genl. Dick Lord, who commanded 1 Squadron, flying Mirage F1AZ’s in the battles.   read more...
    Rub Shoulders with the 61 Mech Veterans of the Eastern Cape - Thursday, November 19, 2009
    "Skouerskuur op Woensdag, 25 November vir die 61 Meg veterane by die Outspan bomgat van die Moths in Port Elizabeth". The veterans of 61 Mech Bn are meeting on Wednesday, 25 November at the Outspan Shellhole of the Moths in Port Elizabeth.   read more...
    Rub Shoulders with the 61 Mech Veterans of Gauteng - Thursday, November 19, 2009
    "Skouerskuur op Donderdag, 26 November vir die 61 Meg veterane by die Casa Mia bomgat van die Moths in Centurion". The veterans of 61 Mech Bn are meeting on Thursday, 26 November at the Casa Mia Shellhole of the Moths in Centurion.   read more...
    Rub shoulders with the 61 Mech Veterans of Cape Town - Thursday, November 19, 2009
    "Skouerskuur op Vrydag, 20 November, vir die 61 Meg veterane by die Milnerton Moths se Shellhole". The veterans of 61 Mech Bn will be meeting on Friday, 20 November at the Milnerton Moths' Shellhole in Killarney. I will have some 1/300 scale models for sale!   read more...
    Cape Town Military Tattoo starts tonight - Thursday, November 19, 2009
    See military bands, horse acts, historical acts, 18th Century Halberdiers, and live gunfire from the Cape Field Artillery.   read more...
    Refight of the Attack on 16 Brigade: 9 Nov 1987 scheduled - Monday, November 09, 2009
    The attack on 16 Brigade by the SADF's 10 Task Force, comprising of Combat Groups Alpha and Charlie, the first tank vs tank action of South African Forces since 1945, as well as the first shots fired in anger by the G-6s, are being planned for Sunday, 6 December 2007. For an historical account of this encounter, see the Historical Accounts section. Participation Welcome!   read more...
    Gallery: The attempt on 47 Brigade - Saturday, October 24, 2009
    The re-fight of this battle occurred on 1 October 2009 at the Rondebosch Library, but did not go well for the South Africans. See the Gallery for photos and provisional reports of the game.   read more...
    Col Jan Breytenbach tells his story - Wednesday, October 14, 2009
    Col Jan Breytenbach will tell his story this coming Friday 16 October 2009 at the Breytenbach centre in Wellington. Interested parties must contact Jaco at richter@compuscan.co.za   read more...
    Official Inauguration of the SADF Wall Of Rememberance - Tuesday, October 06, 2009
    The Board of Directors of the Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve will be hostng the official inauguration of the SA Defence Force Wall of Remembrance at 09h15 for 09h50 on Sunday, 25 October 2009.   read more...
    The destruction of 47 Brigade - 3 October 1987 - Tuesday, October 6, 2009
    This refight of the attack on 47 Brigade has been postponed as it was scheduled too close to the previous refight.  
    Scenario: Operation Colosseum - 5 Recce's attack on SWAPO bases - November 1986 - Thursday, October 01, 2009
    The scenario for this exclusive 5 Recce attack on a SWAPO base has been uploaded...enjoy!   read more...
    Refight of the First Clashes between 61 Mech Bn Gp and 47 Brigade on 16 September 2987 - Tuesday, September 29, 2009
    The refight of this battle will be staged at the Rondebosch Library, Rondebosch, Cape Town, on Thursday 1 October 2009, from about 6pm and are expected to last until at least 11pm. This game will serve as a practice run for the big one of the coming Saturday. Anyone is welcome to participate, especially members of 61 Mech Bn  
    1:2,000,000 Scale Maps of the Operational Areas - Wednesday, September 23, 2009
    Some circa. 1970 topographical maps of southern Angola and the then South West Africa (now Namibia) have been uploaded, as well as some diverse maps that may be found useful.   read more...
    Gallery: Operation Colosseum re-fought - Monday, September 21, 2009
    During November 1986, 5 Reconnaissance Regiment launched an attack on a SWAPO base some 300 km inside Angola.   read more...
    Gallery: First Clashes - 47 Brigade The Recovery Operation - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    The photos of the refight of 23 December 2007 of the Recovery Operation after the attack on 47 Brigade on 16 September 1987, have been published.   read more...
    Call Signs of 61 Mech Bn Gn - Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    We are looking to confirm the Call Signs used by the different units during the operation so that we can recreate realistic scenarios for the re-fights of the battles, as well as marking the units effectively and accurately, right down to section and team level. To this effect I have created a provisional layout for the call signs of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group as used during Operation Moduler.   read more...
    SAMHS Lecture featuring Colonel Jock Harris on Operation Modular - Monday, September 14, 2009
    The South African Military History Society, Eastern Cape Branch presents a lecture by Colonel Jock Harris, Commanding Officer of 32 Battalion, on Operation Modular, during 1987.   read more...
    Unit Details of all forces involved added - Wednesday, August 19, 2009
    The detailed composition (in theory anyway) of every FAPLA, UNITA, and SADF unit involved in the early stages of Operation Moduler has been added.   read more...
    Orders Of Battle as of September 1987 added - Wednesday, August 12, 2009
    Extensive OOBs of all the forces involved in the opening stages of Operation Moduler has been added in a handy outline tool that allows you to link to the Unit Details of the units and subunits in question.   read more...
    This Week's Featured Equipment: The SADF's Ratel-ZT3 ATV - Tuesday, August 04, 2009
    See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF's Ratel-ZT3 anti-tank vehicle is featured. Next week: another equivalent FAPLA infantry fighting vehicle - the BRDM-2.   read more...
    Rub shoulders with the 61 Mech Veterans of Cape Town - Friday, July 24, 2009
    "Skouerskuur op Vrydag, 14 Augustus, vir die 61 Meg veterane by die Milnerton Moths se Shellhole"   read more...
    Rub shoulders with the 61 Mech Veterans of Gauteng - Friday, July 24, 2009
    "Skouerskuur op Donderdag, 30 Julie vir die 61 Meg veterane by die Casa Mia bomgat van die Moths in Centurion"   read more...
    Startup Set of Miniatures... - Wednesday, July 08, 2009
    Due to popular demand, here is a typical Startup Set of 1/300 SADF and FAPLA forces and equipment to start refighting the battles of the War In Angola with.   read more...
    New Section: Historical Accounts of the Battles - Friday, May 22, 2009
    The first Historical Account of the First Contact between SADF ground forces and the advancing Fapla brigades has been added   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The BMP-2 IFV - Friday, May 08, 2009
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week FAPLA's BMP-2 Amphibious infantry fighting vehicle is featured. Next week: another SADF infantry support vehicle - the effective tank destroyer, the Ratel-ZT3.   read more...
    Russian Veterans of Angola Photo Exhibition - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
    From 4th - 14th of June, 2009, the State Central Museum of Modern History in Moscow will be ehibiting photos from the collections (and recollections) of the Union of Veterans Of Angola (www.veteranangola.ru).   read more...
    More Videos added - Monday, May 04, 2009
    More video feeds about 32 Bn and 61 Mech Bn have been added from www.myvideo.co.za   read more...
    Visitors Statistics for period 1 Feb - 4 Apr 2009 - Sunday, April 05, 2009
    View the geographics of the visitors that visited the www.warinangola.com site over the past 2 months.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The Ratel-90 Infantry Fighting Vehicle - Wednesday, March 25, 2009
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF's Ratel-90 infantry fighting vehicle is featured. Next week: another equivalent FAPLA infantry fighting vehicle - the BMP-2.   read more...
    Today, 21 Years ago: The Third attack on the Tumpu Triangle - Monday, March 23, 2009
    During the first half of March, 82 South African Brigade, a citizen reserve force, relieved 20 Brigade (SADF) in Angola. On 23 March the new 82 Brigade, reinforced by four UNITA battalions,launched the third attack on FAPLA's Tumpo stronghold. The SADF suffered minor casualties but the assault, like the previous two, failed due to extensive FAPLA minefields and heavy artillery fire.  
    Scenario 3b: First Clashes: 47 Brigade - 13-14 September 1987 (The Recovery) - Thursday, March 19, 2009
    The next scenario in this series of battles has been published. It occurs immediately after the original Scenario 3(a) and involves the recovery of the SADF vehicles that were lost to the enemy in that scenario.   read more...
    Email sent to the Union Of Russian Veterans of Angola - Monday, March 16, 2009
    I have sent an email inviting the Russian Veterans to visit the site on 10 March. Since then the number of visitors (especially from Eastern Block countries) has shot up dramatically. See the Visitors Demographics for the period below the email....   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The BMP-1 - Friday, March 13, 2009
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week FAPLA's BMP-1 Amphibious infantry fighting vehicle is featured. Next week: another SADF infantry support vehicle - the notorious Ratel-90.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The Ratel 60 - Friday, March 6, 2009
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF's Ratel-60 combat support vehicle is featured. Next week: another FAPLA infantry fighting vehicle - the BMP-1.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The BTR-152 SP Mortar - Friday, February 27, 2009
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week FAPLA's BTR-152 Self-Propelled Mortar ground support vehicle is featured. Next week: another South African combat support vehicle - the Ratel-60.   read more...
    Featured Equipment : The Ratel 81 - Wednesday, October 22, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF's Ratel-81 combat support vehicle is featured. Next week: the FAPLA equivalent - the BTR-152V SP Mortar.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The BTR-152 twin 14.5mm ADV - Wednesday, October 15, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week FAPLA's BTR-152 twin 14.5mm air defence/ground support vehicle is featured. Next week: a South African combat support vehicle - the Ratel-81.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: the Casspir APC - Wednesday, October 7, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week South Africa's Casspir armoured personnel carrier is featured. Next week: another Angolan Infantry Fighting Vehicle - the BMP-1.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: BTR-152 APC - Wednesday, October 1, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week FAPLA's BTR-152 armoured personnel carrier is featured. Next week: another South African Troop Carrier - the Casspir.   read more...
    Scenario 3: First Clashes - 47 Brigade, 13 September 1987 - Thursday, September 25, 2008
    Now finally, the next scenario of the War In Angola has been published... Battle Report and Gallery to follow soon.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The SADF's Buffer APC - Wednesday, September 24, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week South Africa's Buffel armoured personnel carrier is featured. Next week: another Angolan Troop Carrier - the BTR-152.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The BTR-60PB APC - Wednesday, September 17, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week Angola's Russian-made BTR-60PB APC is featured. Next week: the main SADF Troop Carrier - the Buffel.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The SADF Ratel-20 IFV - Wednesday, September 10, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF Ratel-20 IFV is featured. Next week: the Angolan equivalent - the BTR-60PB APC.   read more...
    Featured Equipment - The BTR-60PU Command vehicle - Thursday, September 04, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week Angola's Russian-made BTR-60PU Command APC is featured. Next week: the main SADF Infantry Fighting Vehicle - the Ratel-20.   read more...
    Featured Equipment: The SADF Ratel Command IFV - Wednesday, August 27, 2008
    New Weekly feature.... See details of different vehicles and equipment used by both sides in the War In Angola, and post your comments... This week the SADF Ratel Command IFV is featured. Next week: the Angolan equivalent - the BTR-60PU.   read more...
    TV Series on the Border War - Tuesday, July 01, 2008
    Linda de Jager, a well know producer of TV programs eg Carte Blanche and others for Kyknet, National Geographic etc, has produced a very balanced 26 episode series pertaining to the Border War for Kyknet. This series starts Sunday, 6 July 2008 at 20h30 on Kyknet.   read more...
    A Week of War Gallery
    A Battle Report and a comprehensive set of photos from A Week Of War has been published...   read more...
    A Week Of War - Friday, March 07, 2008
    The Peninsula Wargames Group will be hosting an entire week of miniature warfare at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, from 7 to 13 April 2008. On Wednesday, 9th of April 2008, the entire day will be dedicated to the battles of Cuito Cuanavale   read more...
    First Clash - 21 Brigade on the Lomba Refight Battle Report - Thursday, November 15, 2007
    Our second battle has been re-fought on the 13th of October.   read more...
    Register now to be kept up to date with developments - Sunday, September 23, 2007
    You may register on this site and we will keep you informed by e-mail with new developments of the Re-fight of the War In Angola. Registration is free, so please join us...!   read more...
    First Refight Battle Report - First Contact - Friday, September 14, 2007
    Our first encounter, the First Contact of 6 September 1987, have been refought on 13 September 2007 at the Rondebisch Library   read more...
    Call for 1/300th Scale SADF and Russian equipment
    We urgently require more 6mm (1/300th scale) equipment for the larger battles scheduled for later in the year and early next year. If you have some of these miniatures, and are willing to make them available to us in Cape Town over this period, please give Johan Schoeman a call on 0724096271  
     

    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

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