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SWA Specialist Unit

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SWA Specialist Unit - (9 members)

The South West African Specialist Unit (SWASPES) grew out of 101 Specialist Unit, formed at Oshivelo in 1977 to centralise reaction force elements. The Equestrian Centre became involved in the first purpose built frontline horse and motorcycle mounted infantry base in the Operational Area. By 1978, it comprised of 2 companies of mounted infantry, 2 platoons each of trackers and motorcyclists, and 60 dogs and was renamed 1 SWA Specialist Unit (1 SWASPES). By 1982 it had transferred to the SWATF with a base at Otavi. Equestrian platoons were detached to bases across the Operational Area, though the main equestrian unit in South West Africa was stationed at Oshivelo. Elements took part in most internal and external operations.


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From 1980

SWA Specialist Unit - (9 members)

The South West African Specialist Unit (SWASPES) grew out of 101 Specialist Unit, formed at Oshivelo in 1977 to centralise reaction force elements. The Equestrian Centre became involved in the first purpose built frontline horse and motorcycle mounted infantry base in the Operational Area. By 1978, it comprised of 2 companies of mounted infantry, 2 platoons each of trackers and motorcyclists, and 60 dogs and was renamed 1 SWA Specialist Unit (1 SWASPES). By 1982 it had transferred to the SWATF with a base at Otavi. Equestrian platoons were detached to bases across the Operational Area, though the main equestrian unit in South West Africa was stationed at Oshivelo. Elements took part in most internal and external operations.


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YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1977
1
1978
3
1979
2
1980
2
1981
3
1982
2
1983
2
1984
2
1986
1
TOTAL:
18

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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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