on 21 January
|The strangest thing is that i cannot seem to find any records of 3SAI taking over from the police in Sibinda etc in the Caprivi, as well as the role we played across the region in 1973. It is as if we never existed. Maybe i am dreaming that i spent 1973 walking 7 day patrols with a LMG, breaking ribs running off the back of Bedfords at drop-off points plus being picked up by choppers when available. I know it has been a long time ago but i have good and bad memories but would like confirmation that i was actually there. Any feedback would be welcome. |
on 30 September
|Hi Nik, |
I just want to assure you that your service when 3SAI assumed responsibility for the SAP in the Eastern Caprivi in 1973 was not a dream. I landed at Mpacha on May 31, 1973 and departed around October 31, 1973 after spending 5 months walking 7 day patrols, setting up temporary basis and laying ambushes along the cutline and flying into Singalongwe (hope my spelling is correct) when it came under attack one night. This was mostly done in section or on the rare occasion platoon strength. I carried with my swaarloop R1 with up to 15 magazines, 2 hand grenades and as much food and water I could carry. As we used to wait hours to be picked up by the choppers, the chopper pilots were never too popular with us. Mostly good memories, some bad.
Sadly, I too have never read anything anywhere admitting to or recognizing 3 SAI for this service.
on 30 June
|3 SA Infantry Battalion...|
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on 14 December
|Diensplig Jan 1977 3 SAI C komp enige iemand wat daar was?...|
on 19 October
|Hi Nic |
I would be a liar if I said I remembered you, but I too was at Sibinda (and can find very little records about it). I did my training in Bethlehem (17 Field) and in about May 1973 we drove a Bedford convoy of people and equipment from SA to Katima. From there I was posted to Sibinda where I spent the next 3 or 4 months walking up and down the cut-line. I was one of the sappers that did duty with you infantry chaps. I remember our patrol leader as Captain Harris. I did find a photo of the Sibinda camp entrance in an old Police journal. I can hardly believe it was now almost 50 years ago.
Sapper Brian Hansen...