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Alpha Group

 

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Alpha Group - (3 members)

Alpha Group was formed in 1974, then renamed to 31 Battalion (31 BN) after Operation Savannah. In 1980 the unit became 201 Battalion as part of the SWATF..


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RE: Alpha Group

SHORTENED HISTORY OF ALPHA GP

The fall of the Portuguese forces in Angola in April 1974, was the direct cause that Col. Delville Linford was called back to Pretoria in July 1974 from Serpa Pinto where he was working as Senior South African Liaison Officer together with the DGS. Col. Linford was appointed as the Project Leader for Project Alpha. This decision was made by Genl. Viljoen and Genl. Maj Fritz Loots (Godfather).

On Friday 6 September 1974, Wemer Edier reformed the terrain in the Western Caprivi and Col Linford and Maj Jose De Oliveira arrived on Saturday 7 September to pitch their tents in the beautiful bush terrain.

The first Fletschas arrived in Camp Alpha on 1 November 1974 and Maj Coen Upton met some of the other groups at Calai. Two companies (1 Barakwena and 1 Vasekela) was formed with a Portuguese leader group and with Co! Linford as the first commander of Camp Alpha.

On 14 October 1975 Camp Alpha started fighting in Angola and formed Battlegroup Alpha with Col Linford in command. During operation Savannah, only two troops died. On 20 December 1975 both companies returned to Camp Alpha,

During operation Savannah in November 1975, a huge group of bushmen got together with Mutoka Matheus in charge and another group with Tango Naka in charge joined the group at a later stage, In December 1975 Matoka's group formed Group C Company. The remainder of the group at Mpupa joined Omega in February 1976.

In 1976 Alpha was renamed as 31 BN and this was the start of a new base a few km north of CampAlpha, The new base was named Omega and Camp Alpha's existence came to an end.


Source: Danie van den Berg



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YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1975
1
1976
2
TOTAL:
3

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