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Personal Stories from our Premium Members
THE ROAD BETWEEN CHIEDE AND NAMACUNDE
Posted on: 30 April 2018
Operation Savannah - The battle of the casualties of the war
Posted on: 3 August 2017
IN SEARCH FOR A HOME
Posted on: 31 May 2017
"Saturday Night Live"
Posted on: 30 May 2017
BUSH WAR VETERANS!
Posted on: 6 February 2017
The Road to Botswana
Posted on: 13 May 2016
Supper in Sá da Bandeira
Posted on: 5 September 2015
The red cross
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Fighting for the heart and soul of Chiede
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Operation Savannah
Posted on: 23 August 2015
 
Latest Comments
Re: Photo Gallery of Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) added
Die beste is maar om vir my die fotos en jou stories per epos aan te stuur na johan@warinangola.com. Die WarBlogs is 'n heeltemal aparte portaal van die www.warinangola.com een, maar as jy daar geregistreer is kan ek altyd hier ook 'n rekening met dieselfd...
Posted on: 25 October 2019
Re: Photo Gallery of Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) added
Hi johan ek het probeer regestreer.Kan nie inkom nie was ook daar saam vegroep 3 ons bev was j Jacobs het ook n paar fotos wat ek graag sal wil opsit het ook n foto van ons bev. laat weet wat ek moet doen is nie rekenaar vaardig nie kan my sel net net hel...
Posted on: 30 September 2019
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
41years later. Remember Lorry Lesch my driver, Erasmus Alpa gunner. Scary and prepare us for more later. ...
Posted on: 23 August 2019
Re: Operation Savannah
Will there be another reunion .?...
Posted on: 4 April 2019
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
Was a gunner in that attack . Was in 1SSB and slept in the isle on that night, in the bungalow .Ran out of the bungalow after first red eye was shot<br />Slept in a bunker after that attack.Still have nightmares about that attack.<br />...
Posted on: 2 April 2019
 
Top Posts
ONS WAS DAAR WALVISBAAI, deur Paul J Els by host
Die nuwe boek van Paul J. Els ‘ONS WAS DAAR WALVISBAAI’ is nou beskikbaar vanaf epos@groep7.co.za Die boek is A4 met fotos, wat die stories van die SAW en SAP in Walvisbaai vertel. Dit gee perso...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
Thank you, Maxim... So, just to be clear, we have the following Soviet personnel that had been held as Prisoners of War and exchanged on 16 November 1982: Nikolai F, Pestretzoff, 37, of Al...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by Cuca
Kamil Mollaev was also exchanged on November 16, 1982, along with Nikolai Pestretsov. By the way, POW Kamil Mollaev, the captain of Fapla's Antonov-26 shot down by UNITA in the Cunene area in 1980, wa...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
I can now account for all 13 British and American mercenaries that had been caught in 1976: Costas Georgiou (Colonel Callan), a Greek Cypriot emigre to Britain executed on 10 July 1976; ...
RE: Enciclopédia da Aviação Militar Angolana 1975 - 1991, by Humberto Campos Abrantes by host
Back Cover:
Enciclopédia da Aviação Militar Angolana 1975 - 1991, by Humberto Campos Abrantes by host
Prezados Amigos Finalmente a minha obra sobre a aviação militar angolana referente ao período de 1975 -1991 está prestes a sair. Todos quantos se julgam interessados por estas matérias, bem com...
Southern African Political History: A Chronology of Key Political Events from Independence to Mid-1997. by host
By Jacqueline Audrey by Jacqueline Audrey Kalley, Elna Schoeman, Lydia Eve Andor Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - History - 904 pages An area in the midst of deep change, Southern...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
Some more info on the Americans and Britons that had been captured on 29 December 1984, and released on 17 March 1985: On 17 March 1985, UNITA released 27 foreigners that had been held hostage, ...
HOSTAGE, by Glen Dixon, as told to Anthony Mockler by host
Story of the author's capture and escape from rebel forces in Angola. Pp. 190, 8 plates; dust wrapper; Columbus Books, London, 1986. First U.K. edition. Source: www.kaycraddock.com
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
I believe them to be: 73215824PE Sgt J.D. Cilliers , of 17 Squadron SAAF, who was Killed in action on 23 June 1980 when his Alouette III, Serial No. 24 was shot down by an RPG-7 anti-tank r...
Buccaneers of 24 Squadron. Book 3 - The New Era, by Johan Conradie by host
The stock of the third book in the series Buccaneers of 24 Squadron - The new era has finally arrived and is available. Should you wish to place an order, please click on the web link below to place ...
Buccaneers of 24 Squadron. Book 2 - The First Ten Years, by Johan Conradie by host
This is the concise story of the first ten years of service from 1966 to 1975 of the Buccaneer aircraft of 24 Squadron including all the tragic aircraft losses during this period, the Tip-to-Top race...
Light Aircraft in SAAF Service. Volume 2. A Pictorial History 1945 - 2018, by Winston Brent by host
From Winston Brent: Ladies and Gents, The manuscript of Vol 2 of my "Light Aircraft in SAAF Service" - is at the printers to process. I expect to be able to PostNet or send via Courier Guy by last we...
RE: Angola (1988), Board game by Phil Kendall by host
AWARDS & HONORS 2012 Charles S. Roberts Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame Nominee OFFICIAL LINKS Multi-Man Publishing page for Angola (www.multimanpublishing.com) Image: Back cover ...
Angola (1988), Board game by Phil Kendall by host
Angola recreates a brief portion of the violent, decades-long Angolan civil war that began in the 1970s with the fall of a colonial power and dragged its bloody way into the 21st century thanks in pa...
Bos Toe! 'n Storie oor die laaste fase van die Grensoorlog - 32 Bataljon, deur Nico van der Walt by host
Hioerdie boek gaan oor die "bos"-oorlog en ook mense. Dit vertel doie storie van 'n jong man wat in die laat 1980's by die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag vir diensplig aanmeld en neem die lesre op 'n kragto...
Hulle is Vergete, Deur Johan Heyns by host
Vanaf Johan Heyns: "Dit is met vreugde dat ek kan bekend maak dat my digbundel Hulle is vergete vandag bekendgestel. Dankie aan Heleen Malherbe vir 'n uitstekende hoë gehalte boek. "Die ...
A Tango With Death: Brigadier Tolletjie Botha & DCC, as told to Giancarlo Coccia by host
Dancing a tango with death' was the daily life of the DCC - the Directorate of Covert Collection - secret agents, working in what JJ 'Tolletjie' Botha called 'hostile countries'. Who were these men? ...
If you lie still, you will not get cold, by The General and The Colonel by host
If you lie still, you will not get cold. The untold story of the South African Citizen Force soldier in the Border War of the 1970s and 1980s by The General and The Colonel. Sometimes called...
Rebels and Robbers. Violence in Post-Colonial Angola, by Assis Malaquias by host
Violent conflict has been the dominant feature in the last four decades of Angola’s history, making it one of Africa’s worst post-colonial tragedies. Once justifiably regarded as a potential sub-r...
Soutie and the Big Crocodile, by Sapper Soutpiel by host
When PW Botha AKA The Big Crocodile enlisted young foreigners in South Africa’s armed forces he was expecting the heroic descendants of Vasco Da Gama, Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Rommel. I...
Bush War: The Use of Surrogates in Southern Africa (1975-1989), by Major Joseph E. Escandon U.S. Army by host
The purpose of this monograph is to examine the use of indigenous surrogates by both the Republic of South Africa and Rhodesia in Southern Africa’s Bush Wars from 1975 to 1989. The Bush Wars are of s...
Warfare and Tracking in Africa, 1952–1990, by Timothy J Stapleton by host
During the decolonization wars in East and Southern Africa, tracking became increasingly valuable as a military tactic. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Stapleton presents a comparative s...
5 South African Infantry Battalion From 1962-1994 © by Derek Austin by host
This book combines history of 5 South African Infantry Battalion from 1962-1994 and author Derek Austin's memoirs of his time spent completing his national service with the regiment. Included in the ...
RE: South African soldiers captured during the War In Angola by host
Sent in by Derek Austin: You can use this info from my book 5 South African Infantry Battalion. Doug Brown-My first patrol, 5 SAI, Eenhana, Feb'78. (Just turned 18 and fresh out of 6 months' Arm...
Combat: South Africa at War Along the Angolan Frontier, by Al J. Venter by host
Al Venter's latest book on South Africa's 23-year Border War along the Angolan frontier offers a host of new perspectives. These include details about units like the South African Air Force 44 Squadr...
RE: Migs in a Fishbone by Christoffel
Hi Garth, Where can I read what you have written? Thanks for your reply.
71 Motorised Brigade, by Lionel Crook by host
Previously Published by the Author in conjunction with the South African Legion in 1994. History of the South African Army, 71 Motorised Brigade. Imprint: Lulu.Com Country of origin: United Ki...
RE: South African Artillery Compendium, by Lionel Crook by host
This book can be ordered from The Gunners Association website at https://www.gunners.org.za/south-african-artillery-compendium-lionel-crook/
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
This controversial movie can be viewed on line on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T5pcpzY6mE or watch it here...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
..Continued... The entire cast and crew were housed on location by a Rhodesian family, the Rosenfels, who put three of their 300,000 acre farms at the disposal of the unit. “Between the Ro...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
..Continued... The film was shot entirely on location in the Marula district, some 60 miles from Bulawayo. Shooting was completed in the scheduled six weeks — an incredible feat for a major roa...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
...Continued... What happened to the column generally, and Major Allan Wilson’s patrol in particular, is now brought to the screen for the first time by RPM Film Studios in their new film SH...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
...Continued... How did this tragedy come about? A clash between the thousands of white settlers who had gone to Matabeleland after the signing of the Rudd Concession, which gave the right to ...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
Film of the month: Shangani Patrol On Monday, 4th December, 1893, between dawn and approximately 11 a.m., thirty-four men died in a clearing in the bush that was the lonely wilderness of Rhode...
Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
The Shangani Patrol was a 34-soldier unit of the British South Africa Company that in 1893 was ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors in Rhodesia, during the First Matabele War...
Bat Out of Hell: A South African Paratrooper In America, by Granger Korff by host
The aftermath… After the dust had settled, the smell of gun powder had dispersed, the crashing sound of mortars and RPG7s had faded away … what ghosts returned with young South African soldiers of ...
BORN TO STORM, by Col Herman van Niekerk HCS, SM, MMM by host
THE STORM IN ME EMPOWER Experience the ruthlessness of life and adapt to it by realising that in the quest to survive, empowerment is required. Learn that this lifestyle has s...
SECURITY OF ALL ARMS by host
ALL members [of the SADF; implied] who have rifles and/or revolvers in their charge are warned to exercise great care at all times in the safe custody of these arms. When R1 Rifles are stored at...
Die Kommunisme In Aksie, deur C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
See "THE COMMUNIST STRATEGY by C. F. de Villiers, F. R. Metrowich and J. A. du Plessis", for a Review on the English version book done by Lt GenL K. R. COSTER, ICD, OBE: Communist Strategy: 'Wake u...
RE: The Communist Strategy, by C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
...Continued... THE HISTORY The history of communism is one of cynical brutality and inhuman ruthlessness. Estimates of the number of people killed in Stalin’s purges between 1935...
The Communist Strategy, by C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
Communist Strategy: 'Wake up, before it is too late!’ THE COMMUNIST STRATEGY by C. F. de Villiers, F. R. Metrowich and J. A. du Plessis, Department of Information, Pretoria, 1975; 136 pp p...
RE: Ses Soldate (DVD), deur Bertrand Retief by host
Ses Soldate - 'n Ster Films Vrystelling...
RE: Geskiedkundige herinneringe, Regiment Vaalrivier 1960-2008 by host
Die Inhoudsopgawe:
Geskiedkundige herinneringe, Regiment Vaalrivier 1960-2008 by host
2014 PRIVAAT UITGEGEE DEUR OUD-LEDE. 142 BLADSYE, BAIE FOTOS. A4 RINGBINDING Bron: www.bidorbuy.co.za
Avontuur in Angola: die verhaal van Suid-Afrika se soldate in Angola, 1975-1976, deur Sophia du Preez by host
A lot of secrets of the early years of the bushwar in Angola & Namibia were revealed in this book for the first time. The author was a military historian in the employ of the SADF. Afrikaans text. Ha...
FIREARMS: Developed and Manufactured in Southern Africa 1949 - 2000, edited by Chas Lotter by host
Two hundred and twenty local firearms are covered in this new reference guide. The full story of these firearms and of the people who designed them has never before been told. This new firearms refer...
The South African Intelligence Services: From Apartheid to Democracy, 1948-2005, by Kevin A. O'Brien by host
This book is the first full history of South African intelligence and provides a detailed examination of the various stages in the evolution of South Africa's intelligence organizations and structure...
A Spook’s Progress: From Making War to Making Peace, by Maritz Spaarwater by host
From the 1960s, Maritz Spaarwater was an intelligence agent for the South African government, first for Military Intelligence and later for National Intelligence. In the late 1980s, he was among the ...
Soviet Strategy in Southern Africa: Gorbachev's Pragmatic Approach, by Peter Vanneman by host
During the 1980s the assertive foreign policy of the Reagan administration arrested the momentum of Soviet strategy in southern Africa. Product details Paperback: 156 pages Publisher: Hoover...
 
User Posts
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Die foto is geneem vanuit Buccaneer 418 wat in die nr. 3 posisie van die vierskip formasie gevlieg het tydens die aflewerings vlug vanaf Lossiemouth in Skotland na SA. [Foto krediet: Mac van der Merwe]...
RE: 906 Special Duty Company by charlparkin
906 Spesiale Dienskompanie (905 SDK) bevelvoerders en kompaniesammajore:...
RE: 905 Special Duty Company by charlparkin
905 Spesiale Dienskompanie (905 SDK) bevelvoerders en kompaniesammajore:...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Another MAG Light Machine Gun at the ready in the Okankolo Observation Tower....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
MAG Light Machine Gun at the ready in the main gate defence bunker at Okankolo during June 1986...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
The 81mm Mortar Pits at Okankolo seen from the Observation Tower...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
SAAF Pilots attached to the Portuguese Air Force in Angola in 1973 seen here wearing Portuguese Camouflage light Suits and Uniforms. The late Monster Wilkins seen standing third from the left...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Setting up a TB in Ogandjera-Onesi Area of Northern Owamboland...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Mary River...
RE: Michael Craig Pozyn by mcpozyn
Called up to VTH Pretoria in July 85. Was then transferred to 3SAI Potch. Was there till unit was closed and entire Coy transferred to 7SAI Palaborwa. Did 3 tours of the border. 2x Oshigambo and 1x Okatope. Numerous township duties done. Tembisa, Lebowa. Honorable discharge in July 87. Did a few cam...
RE: Erika Van den Berghs Personal Photo Collection by ErikavdB
A Zastava M-55 weapon captured by the SADF at Xangongo during operation Protea Aug/Sept 1981.

The M-55 took three Yugoslavian HS 404 20 x 110mm auto cannons. It could be use as an anti-aircraft or ground assault / defense weapon.

One such HS 404 from operation Protea ended up o...
RE: Francisco Furtados Personal Photo Collection by Francisco Furtado
Nesta foto tirada no Mulondo em Novembro de 1981 no Mulondo,eu era 2* Tenente, Comandante da 19 Brigada de infantaria.
Sou o 1* do lado esquerdo entre os 4 que estão afrente do Jeep Waz Soviético.
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In this picture taken at Mulondo in November 1981 at Mulondo, I was...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Foto krediet 24 Esk. Kom uit die Eskader dagboeke...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Laaste amptelike Buccaneer vlug met Gen Jan van Loggerenberg saam met Pikkie Siebrits in Bucc 414. Foto uit 24 Esk se dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Buccaneer 416 op Rooikop 1 Okt 1984 tydens n ELINT ontplooiing. Foto 24 Esk dagboek....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Buccaneers op Rooikop 1 Okt 1984. Foto 24 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Buccaneer 414 gelaai met nuwe generasie lowdrag bomme tydens die vlugklarings by Roodewal in Julie 1986. Foto 24 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc 416 gelaai met 20 Mk81 bomme tydens lugskou vertoning 1990. Foto 24 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc 416 met 20 Mk81 bomme tydens lugskou vertoning...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc 412 tydens lugskou 1975 oor Waterkloof...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc 413 vuur salvo 68mm vuurpyle af by Roodewal in 1981. Cmdt Snyman en Capt Crowe. Foto Herman Potgieter...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc gelaai met AS30 tydens laaste AS30 kamp in 1990. Foto 24 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc 416 land vir die laaste keer tydens aflewering by Yplt op 4 April 1991. Foto Steve Maclean...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc op Waterkloof net voor die laate amptelike Bucc vlug. 24 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Mirage F1 met H2 bom tydens H2 kamp op Upington 1988. Foto 24 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc’s op die Waterkloof vluglyn Jan 1985. Foto 24 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc op die Waterkloof vluglyn 1970. Foto 25 Esk dagboek...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc 418 in vlug in 1969. Foto Anton de Klerk...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
Bucc’s op die vluglyn op Langebaanweg in 1971. Foto Chris Vlok...
RE: Nelson Nelsons Personal Photo Collection by Nelson
Hoy se Cumplen 44 Años qué Fuí movilizado para mi partida a Angola, vuelo secreto. Vestido de Civil. No lo olvidaré. Gracias estamos vivos para contarlo.
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Today marks 44 years I was mobilized for my departure to Angola, secret flight. Civil dress. I will not forget. Thank you ...
RE: Nelson Nelsons Personal Photo Collection by Nelson
Hoy se Cumplen 44 Años qué Fuí movilizado para mi partida a Angola, vuelo secreto. Vestido de Civil. No lo olvidaré. Gracias estamos vivos para contarlo.
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Today marks 44 years I was mobilized for my departure to Angola, secret flight. Civil dress. I will not forget. Thank ...
RE: Nelson Nelsons Personal Photo Collection by Nelson
Esos son los Famosos BM-21 que participaron en Angola. Año 1975 yo estaba en uno de ellos.
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those are the famous BM-21 that participated in Angola. Year 1975 I was in one of them....
RE: Bruce Kirbys Personal Photo Collection by slaapstad
This was taken near Cariango in late December 1975 while with Battle Group Orange.
The Land Rover was picked up in November at Grootfontein and was brand new, still with the stickers etc on the windscreen showing that it had been cleared from the docks in the UK. It still had anti-freeze in the...
RE: Operation Drostdy by GrahamDT
The Cuban Ship "Habana" lies on her side in Porto do Namibe (Moçâmedes) Harbour after a visit by members of 4 Special Forces Regiment during Operation DROSDY in May/June 1986. Three Navy Strikecraft, SAS Jan Smuts (P1561), SAS Hendrik Mentz (P1567) and SAS Cobie Coetzee (P1568), Submarine SAS Johann...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Alouette III Helicopter Gunship refueling in the Koakoveld...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Our trusty C-47 Dakota seen here about to land at Okangwati with post, food and other supplies for the Army Brothers stationed there...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Recce Small Team carrying out last minute preparations at Okangwati prior to being airlifted by Puma Helicopter to a designated drop-off point deep inside Southern Angola...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
South African Police Patrol passing a Portuguese Army Patrol near Luiana in South Eastern Angola in 1972...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Omupanda in Southern Angola...
RE: bernard francois lotriets Personal Photo Collection by bflotriet@mweb.co.za
The decorated Recces of Operation Coolidge...
RE: bernard francois lotriets Personal Photo Collection by bflotriet@mweb.co.za
Photo was taken at Mdimbo overlooking the Limpopo river. SA Intelligence Corps members...
RE: bernard francois lotriets Personal Photo Collection by bflotriet@mweb.co.za
Artilleriehuis, Leërgevegskool, Lohathla...
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
My time with 2 Sqdn/BASS/3 ASU working on the Cheetah c and d's....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
This pic during my time with 3 Sqdn as part of the FSG group Atlas. Looks like a Langebaan trip....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
My time with 1 Sqdn AFB HSPT. This pic was taken during an OPS Golden Eagle at Upington. Some Good Pilots sitting with there backs to the camera....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
AFB Hoedspruit Aircraft shelter (skans) using vented LOX (Liquid Oxygen) for affect.
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RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
The best looking Jet Aircraft there was, with the best crew. This pic was at AFB Grootfontein during OPS modular, hooper and packer. Good Aircraft and good days....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
Not sure if this was the phasing out parade for the Shackelton. This was the aircraft that got me to select being posted to the Cape even though I had Durban (my home town) available to me as well. This Aircraft was my 3rd love in my life. My Wife Genny being number 1 and the Mirage F1 AZ being 2nd....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
Albatross servicing at AFB YPLT 2 ASU....
RE: Michael Warrens Personal Photo Collection by mcwarren
This aircraft C-47 6877 and various Albatross were my main instructional aircraft as an Appie as well as component work in the Instrument 4th Line work shop....
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Equipment, Medals and Operations Posts
RE: Political and military decisions around 11 Nove by host
On 13 Nov 1975 Cuban reinforcements arrived in Porto Amboim, halted the SA advance along the coast.

From Nelson da Costa:
Esse avanço Tinha o objectivo de atingir luanda? (English: Was this advance intended to reach luanda?)

My Reply:
After the defeat at Quifangondo on 10 Nov, the FNLA was falling apart and the entire offensive from the north collapsed. The South African guns would be trapped north of Luanda. In the meantime, the South African Task Force Zulu and Battle Group Foxbat were pushing hard from the south, also undoubtedly with the intention to help UNITA capture all the key terrain and positions south of Luanda, in order to finally install UNITA as the official government of Angola. With the Cubans landing at Porto Amboim, and having blown most of the bridges that give access to the north, things have now changed and it was decided that the South African forces should start to withdraw. It was never the intention of the SA forces to capture Luanda for themselves, but merely to put UNITA in a stronger position to do so!
Portuguese:
Após a derrota em Quifangondo, em 10 de novembro, a FNLA estava desmoronando e toda a ofensiva do norte entrou em colapso. As armas sul-africanas ficariam presas ao norte de Luanda. Enquanto isso, a Força-Tarefa Sul-Africana Zulu e o Grupo de Batalha Foxbat estavam se esforçando do sul, também sem dúvida com a intenção de ajudar a UNITA a capturar todos os terrenos e posições importantes ao sul de Luanda, a fim de finalmente instalar a UNITA como o governo oficial de Angola. Com os cubanos desembarcando em Porto Amboim, e tendo explodido a maioria das pontes que dão acesso ao norte, as coisas mudaram e foi decidido que as forças sul-africanas deveriam começar a se retirar. Nunca foi intenção das forças da SA capturar Luanda por si mesmas, mas apenas colocar a UNITA em uma posição mais forte para fazê-lo!...
RE: P-15 Flat Face Acquisition Radar by GrahamDT
The Soviet P-15 Flat Face B-1S was a Long Range Surveillance and Missile Acquisition Radar designed to detect aircraft flying at low altitude making use of the C-Band (UHF) and was associated with the SA-3 GOA Surface-to-Air Missile Systems.

The P-15 is a high mobility radar and with the antenna mounted directly onto a single Zil-157 truck or alternatively a trailer whereby the system could be deployed and taken down in under 10 minutes. The P-15 used two open frame elliptical parabolic antenna measuring 11m x 5,5m thereby accomplishing both transmission and reception with each antenna being fed by a single antenna feed.

The P-15 Radar could rapidly shift frequency to any one of four pre-set frequencies to avoid active interference with passive interference being removed by a coherent Doppler filter. Azimuth was determined by mechanical scanning with an associated accompanying PRV-11 Side Net Radar used to determine elevation. A secondary radar for IFF (Identification of Friend or Foe), normally the 1L22 “Parol” was generally used in conjunction with the P-15.

The P-15 Radar System has an operating range from 200 to 250km and is capable of simultaneously guiding three SAM-3 GOA Surface-to-Air Missiles. The P-15 was operated by the Soviet Union from 1955 and many of these systems were deployed into the Sub-Saharan Africa Region, particularly Angola. One of the Soviet P-15 Flat Face Radar Systems that were captured by South African Forces in Angola during the 1980’s, is currently on display at the Air Force Museum at Swartkop....
RE: SA-6 Gainful Mobile tracked by GrahamDT
With the Acquisition Radar set up, reaction time from a dormant condition through the target acquisition phase, IFF interrogation and lock-on phases up to missile launch was about three minutes. If the Acquisition Radar was already active, this whole process was completed within 15 to 30 seconds. The SA-6 was a highly mobile system and a complete Missile Battery, including Acquisition Radar, was able to relocate to an alternate firing position in 15 minutes from the time of total system shut down.
During the Bush War, a Central Intelligence Agency report stated that the People's Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola (FAPLA) had procured sixteen complete Batteries of SA-6 GAINFUL Surface-to-Air Missile Systems from the Soviet Union in 1981 and deployed them in the Moçâmedes District in Southern Angola.
The SADF noted that the deployment of these SAM Systems would make it difficult for the SAAF to provide air cover during cross-border operations against SWAPO/PLAN insurgents that were operating from Angolan sanctuaries. A South African pre-emptive strike that formed part of Operation Protea in 1981 was launched and successfully destroyed all of these SA-6 Systems.
During 1988 however, Soviet SA-6 GAINFUL SAM Missile Systems operated by members of the Cuban Expeditionary Force were once again established in Southern Angola and during Operation Excite/Hilti on 26 June 1988, six SA-6 missiles were launched from a Cuban operated SAM Battery against a South African weather balloon that was being used as a radar decoy over Techipa. South African 32 Battalion Reconnaissance Teams in the area used this firing data to plot the exact positions of each SA-6 launcher which were then all systematically destroyed in a concentrated artillery bombardment from 155mm G5 howitzers.

Phoyo: 6 x 6 truck support vehicle for the SA-6 launcher....
RE: SA-6 Gainful Mobile tracked by GrahamDT
The Soviet SA-6 GAINFUL was a low altitude Surface to Air Missile System that made use of the 1S91 “Straight Flush” Acquisition and Guidance Radar as the system was dependent on radio command guidance immediately after launch before switching to semi-active radar homing in the terminal phase. In the event of jamming or radar shut down, the SA-6 could be guided optically to acquire its target after launch. The SA-6 was a two-stage missile armed with a 56kg fragmentation warhead, with contact and proximity detonation capability. The maximum range of the SA-6 Missile was between 60-90km and the missile could reach altitudes of up to 10km (32 800 ft).
The first stage of the missile was a solid rocket motor located inside the main body, near the tail fins. When this motor expended its fuel, it was ejected out of the tail and the cavity created by its absence became the combustion chamber for a ramjet sustainer. Ramjets are technically simple and relatively fuel efficient, allowing good performance and range. The rocket booster was needed to get the missile up to a speed that allowed sufficient airflow to sustain combustion in the ramjet. A single self-propelled 1S91 “Straight Flush” acquisition radar could acquire targets at a range of 75km and could begin tracking with target illumination from 28km. The radar could only track a single target at a time but could however guide three missiles simultaneously. Normal practice was to fire a volley of a number of missiles from one or more launchers at each target to ensure better target destruction.
The Straight Flush Radar Acquisition System used two stacked turrets. The lower turret carried the Acquisition Radar while the upper turret carried the fine tracking and CW (Continuous Wave) illuminator radar in addition to the optical sight. This allowed the system to acquire targets and perform coarse tracking with the Acquisition Radar, and then perform fine tracking and illumination with the second radar. The Radar System controlled a group of four 2P25 series Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) vehicles that each carried three 3M9 series missiles. Each TEL vehicle was supported by four ZiL-157 or four URAL 6 x 6 trucks that carried three spare missiles and was equipped with a crane.
The TEL launchers were mounted on a GM-578chassis while the 1S91 Straight Flush Engagement Radar was mounted on a GM-568 chassis, all developed and produced by the Soviet Manufacturer MMZ (Мытищинский Mашиностроительный завод) (Mytishchi Machine-Building Plant) and could be moved to a new location within 15 minutes after complete system shut down. ...
RE: Operation Protea by host
There had been a couple of inquiries about the fate of a FAPLA Captain that had been captured at Xangongo during the attack on Xangongo on 24 August 1981.

I have more recently discovered the names of two FAPLA captains, one a Political Commissar, that have disappeared from the area of Peu-Peu / Xangongo during this time (Thanks to General Furtado, who is a former "chefe do Estado-Maior General das Forças Armadas Angolanas - FAA", that is, the Chief-of Staff and Major-General of the Angolan Armed Forces, who had become been the commander of the FAPLA brigade involved (FAPLA 19 Infantry Brigade), after the captain,s disappearance. The still Missing-in-Action captains are:

  • Neto "Kibeto", Mateus Filipe Pedro, Captain: Commander of FAPLA's 19th Infantry Brigade at Peu-Peu Xangongo during the attacks of Operation Protea; he disappeared without a trace on 24 August 1981 and was never heard from again; his remains have never been found.

  • Geronimo "Massimbi", Sebastiao de Carvalho, Captain: Political Commissioner of the 5th Military Region and at Peu-Peu Xangongo during the attacks of Operation Protea; he disappeared without a trace on 24 August 1981 and was never heard from again; his remains have never been found.


If anyone has any further information about their fate please let me know by sending me email to johan@Warinangola.com. You may remain anonymous if you so wish, but this is not a witch hunt - we merely intend to find out about the thousands of soldiers still Missing in Action on all sides of the conflict.





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RE: Operation Slyk by host
"...Taken by the Valkyrie who had come to collect the fallen on the battlefield and have taken them to Valhalla, without leaving a trace..."

May they Rest in Peace...Finally...!

Missing in Action since the night of 20/21 October 1983:
Corporal Richard Milinga, 5 Reconnaissance Regiment
Rifleman Filimon Awi, 5 Reconnaissance Regiment
Rifleman Teofora Dulla, 5 Reconnaissance Regiment
Rifleman Micheal Simon, 5 Reconnaissance Regiment

Image: Ride of the Valkyries by ChrisRawlins on DeviantArt...
RE: Operation Slyk by host
Final Feedback I have just received from General Furtado regarding this matter:

"From consultations with former members of the 19 FAPLA Infantry Brigade in Mulondo at the evening of 20/21 October 1983 with a reconnaissance group about 5 kilometers south of the defense position of Brigade, are unanimous in stating that there was no capture or summary execution on the ground of any military of that group. Yes, they confirm that when the presence of the reconnaissance group was discovered on the ground, the 19 Brigade artillery fired in the same area, followed by the advance of 3 T-55 tanks that probably caused the death or dispersal of the SAF military and the abandonment of their bodies on the ground. It is noteworthy that Mulondo is located in the Bicuar reserve with ferocious animals among lions, leopards, hyenas and other felines."

From this it appears that the four soldiers may each have at least died an honorable soldier's death in facing a superior force of the enemy, which included artillery and tanks. All four seems to have been Killed in Action, and then left where they had fallen for the wild animals to devour and disperse their bones (like so many thousands of other fallen in Angola). They have no grave and their remains have not been located and cannot be returned. They will forever remain where they have fallen...

"...Taken by the Valkyrie who had come to collect the fallen on the battlefield and have taken them to Valhalla, without leaving a trace..."

May they Rest in Peace!...
RE: Operation Slyk by host
From War in Angola: Some additional feedback from General Furtado:
"According to details provided by my colleague General Jonatan, who replaced the English captain in charge of the 19th Infantry Brigade at Mulondo in February 1985 at the time of the captain's post, reports that some officers he encountered at the Brigade told him In the evening of 20/21 October 1983 the forces of the Tactical Group that ambushed the SADF reconnaissance group on the Mulondo-Quiteve Road approximately 10 kilometers south of Mulondo did not capture or execute any SADF military personnel. According to the General, the Brigade had express orders from the 5th Military Region commander not to execute any POWs and any SADF military personnel who died in combat in the Brigade's defense area his body was prepared and sent to the Military Region command. in Lubango to be retained for surrender to the South African authorities shortly after the end of the war as part of a possible prisoner exchange process for FAPLA, Cubans and SADF. I will continue to contact other officers who were at the 19th Infantry Brigade at Mulondo from 1983 to 1987 for further details on that episode."...
RE: Operation Slyk by host
War In Angola: Some more feedback from General Furtado:
"Regarding the episode between our group and the S / A troops during the night of 20/21 October 1983 there was no summary execution of anyone because there were no captured. Yes there were Sovietics Tanks T55 howitzers launched against the S / A group that tried to approach our troops....
RE: Operation Slyk by host
War In Angola: I have only just received the following feedback from General Furtado:
First Lieutenant Francisco Furtado was commander of the 19th Infantry Brigade from October 1981 to January 1983 and was replaced by the English captain who had just returned from the Soviet Union in the same month. First Lieutenant Francisco Furtado returned 6 months after completing the Brigade Tactical Command Course and was appointed Chief Operating Officer of the 9th Military Region in the province of Malange northeast of Angola."
"The English Mangurra captain who replaced me and commanded the 19th Infantry Brigade from January 1983 to 1984 died of illness in the mid-1990s due to illness but I will try to contact some officers who were at the Brigade in Mulondo in October 1983 to For more details on this episode, which took place on the night of October 20-21, 1983, to help clarify where the 5 members of the reconnaissance group may be buried."
We much appreciate his effort in trying to help clear this up for us!...
RE: Operation Slyk by host
Some ongoing discussion on the War in Angola Facebook page:

Jan Olivier: Andrei Polikanov. This was the incident where the guy arrived with a bag with some of the remains?
Andrei Polikanov: probably, Jan, but it wasn't in October. it was earlier that year. we spoke about it, remember? and I believe that Dietmar assumed that in my case they were a kind of mercenaries.. not South Africans
Andrei Polikanov: The war name of the guy who brought the remains and the uniform and guns and the rubber green boat was Mato Tudo Volto Sozinho/Kill Anton Muller:
Andrei were all four europeans?
Andrei Polikanov: Anton, yeap
Andrei Polikanov: they were white soldiers, Anton
Anton Muller: The correct info will eventually emerge from our side Andrei.
War In Angola: Do we have a better date fix on this incident?


Anton Muller: Jan Olivier... Andrei Polikanov... we spoke about this incident...
RIP.
Andrei Polikanov: we should check the dates and the location, Anton
Anton Muller: Andrei yes the dates of this report are 20 to 21 Oct 83. To your recollection, from what year and month were the four SF casualties you had knowlege of?
Johan Schoeman: Anton Muller Tinus De Klerk should have more info on Op Slyk, but he will be including it in his book, so we might just have to wait for the book!
Andrei Polikanov: yes, it was 1983, not October for sure. The area of the responsibility of the 19 FAPLA Brigade.
Anton Muller: Andrei... Tinus De Klerk will let us know in due course.
Henry William Short: Andrei Polikanov is this the guy with the cowboy hat?
Andrei Polikanov: this is the story I told you, Henry. our 19th Brigade Reconnaissance Group which ambushed white soldiers (don't remember the exact number) who had crossed the Cunene river in 1983. but it wasn't in October, this is for sure.
Anton Muller: Andrei was it near Mulondo, earlier in 83?
Andrei Polikanov: correct
War In Angola: In 1983, Brigada de Infantaria Motorizada 19 (19 Brigade) of the Exército Popular de Angola (EPA (People's Army of Angola) was at Mulondo, and under the command of Premiero Teniente (1st Lt) Francisco Pereira Furtado, more recently the chefe do Estado-Maior General das Forças Armadas Angolanas (FAA) (that is, the Chief-of Staff and Major-General of the Angolan Armed Forces). I have him online at times and will ask him...

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RE: Task Force Zulu in Southern Angola by host
Just for interest sake... From the actual article on War In Angola (It may only be accessible to PREMIUM Members), I see I have the following paragraph, which may help explain things. The people that had made the broadcast were "ELP allies" (probably living in the town) and NOT the 67 men that had arrived with the South Africans. I think it is just not very clear from the wording of the article, which makes the reader assume they were the same group:
"The announcement made by the excited and irresponsible ELP allies over Radio Sá de Bandeira came as a blow to secrecy. After they had cleared the city, they made the following broadcast on 24 October: “We have been liberated by the South Africans”. (SADF Archives) In an effort to undo the impact of this announcement, Colonel van Heerden ordered that a radio broadcast be made announcing that the ELP had taken over Sá de Bandeira. This was also a mistake. Because the aggressive ELP was equally unpopular with both the white and black population of Angola, it caused confusion among UNITA and FNLA supporters."
Well, I think it caused confusion among everyone else, too! ;-)
Click here to go to the article......
RE: Task Force Zulu in Southern Angola by host
My feedback to Carlos Ferreira was:
Thank you Carlos.... I used and translated the piece directly from "F. J. Du T. Spies, Prof. (co-writer Cmdt. S. J. du Preez), Operasie Savannah, Angola, 1975-1976". I understand that some of it may not be 100% accurate but the only way to rectify the situation is to actually publish it as it stands with the hope that someone that was actually there (like you, in this case), would correct the facts. It is truly much appreciated and I will definitely add your feedback as a note to the article on the War in Angola website. That is EXACTLY why I am doing this! ;-)
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RE: Task Force Zulu in Southern Angola by host
As to the Enemy deployment and events around Sá de Bandeira on 24 Oct 1875, I had the following feedback from Carlos Ferreira:
"I dont know who wrote this post but it is not correct... The Portuguese forces that occupied Sá da Bandeira were under my command and I can assure the readers of two things... first nobody under my command did any radio broadcast... second we never been allied to ELP nor part of it... but it is true that some of our Toyotas had a the word ELP painted on them just to confuse the enemy and give the impression that we were part of a much bigger force... because all together we were only 67 freedom fighters."...
RE: Operation Firewood B by host
PLAN CAPTURES BUFFEL
Photo: THE People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) Chief of Staff explaining the meaning of the combat caf! numbers on the side of a South African Buffel armoured combat vehicle captured by the movement. Pictured above are Aaron Shlhepo, SW8PO'S Deputy Secretary for Foreign Relations and Hldlpo Hamutenya, Secretary for Publicity and Information. In the background is a captured Wolf combat vehicle. Both are referred to In the PLAN war communique and were captured on October 31 this year.

PLAN ON CAPTURE OF BUFFEL AND CASSPIR
A SWAPO war communique issued in Luanda last week contains detailed descriptions of the battles fought between guerrillas of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) and troops of the South African Defence Force (SADF) during October.

The list of incidents reads as follows:
October 3, 1987: "A PLAN squad attacked and destroyed a temporary camp of a Koevoet reconnaisance unit at Omafo, 57km north·west of Ondangwa, eliminating one enemy conscript by the name of Peter Weyulu".
October 4: "PLAN combatants overran an enemy military post at Oneya, 50km north-west of Oshakati, killing three enemy soldiers".
October 5: "PLAN fighters sabotaged a water reservoir which supplies an enemy military camp at Ouhongo, 55km north-west of Ondangwa".
October 10: "A unit of PLAN, equipped with mortars and grenade rifles, carried out a successful fire-raid on the enemy base at Onavivi, 100km northwest of Oshakati. Seven enemy soldiers were killed. Several others were wounded and ... war materials were destroyed".
October 13: "A double landmine blew up an enemy armoured personnel carrier at Ongha, 45km north of Ondangwa. Three enemy soldiers perished on the spot and-some others were injured".
October 14: "A PLAN sabotage squad blew up ten telephone poles at Omahenge, 104km west of Oshakati".
October 19: "An enemy soldier by the name of Johannes Amakali Kandingosho died in a clash between PLAN liberation fighters and South African soldiers at Ohalushu, 35km north of Ondangwa".
October 31: "A fierce battle took place at Okanghudi, 57km north-east of Ondangwa, between PLAN forces and occupation troops. The enemy was moving northward towards the Angolan frontier in a convoy of between 65 and 70 combat vehicles. Having detected enemy movement in advance, PLAN combatants laid a well coordinated and heavily-armed ambush against the advancing convoy. A fierce battle ensued, accompanied by skirmishes between the opposing forces. The battle raged on for several hourS. Over 100 enemy soldiers were killed and wounded. Fourteen enemy military vehicles were completely destroyed and two others captured in· tact. One of them is a Buffel combat vehicle, registration number R29177, operational call number S31 and manufacturing number TFM 930. The other is a Wolf combat vehicle, registration number 3329177, operational call number 33B and manufacturing number TFM 662".
Then follows a list of equipment claimed to be captured by PLAN guerrillas during the same battle.
This includes five R-4 rifles (with serial numbers); eight 12.5mm mounted machine-guns; four offensive handgrenades; one RPG-7 grenade launcher; 37 M-79 shells; three loaded machine-gun belts; seven 60mm mortar shells; 7 R-4 magazines and 531 rounds of FN cartridges.
The communique ends by saying that "the routing of the South African forces a...
RE: Gaz-69 Jeep by host
Here an Adviser from the Soviet Military Mission in Angola stand beside a GAZ-69 light utility vehicle somewhere in Angola....
RE: Operation Sprocket by host
From Mark Goller: There has been many debates about the 5,5 Guns that were left behind at Ambriz, this and the other document will help you with that.

Some words from Chris Van Zyl helped me to try and find this document.
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RE: Operation Drostdy by GrahamDT
The Cuban Ship "Habana" lies on her side in Porto do Namibe (Moçâmedes) Harbour after a visit by members of 4 Special Forces Regiment during Operation DROSDY in May/June 1986. Three Navy Strikecraft, SAS Jan Smuts (P1561), SAS Hendrik Mentz (P1567) and SAS Cobie Coetzee (P1568), Submarine SAS Johanna van der Merwe (S99), six 4 Reconnaissance Regiment Barracuda Boats and SAS Tafelberg (A243) supported this Operation....
RE: G-5 155 mm Gun-Howitzer by host

Comment from Col Swannie Swanepoel who was involved in this shooting.
"G5 WAT SKIET(video)
Die video is op Schmidtsdrif geneem op Proefbaan noord-wes van Kimberly. Ek was deel van die proewe om die skootstafels vir die G5 kanon optestel met die opmeet van die skoteval. (1980 tot 1983) Afstande van tot 42 km is geskiet, sonder dat jy seker is waar die projektiel gaan ontplof!"
Die kolonel (later Lt Genl- een van my jag-vriende) het altyd gesê: “Lê laag- net jou oë moet uitsteek om te kyk waar die skoot opkom.”
Opwindende tye!! 🤙OPMERKING- G5
Die ammunisie-lading wat die projeltiel by die loop uitjaag, is nie goed vir eiemagte nie.
Ons wil nie vir vyand vuurwerk vertonings gee nie, ons wil hulle laat bloedskenk op groot-skaal.
Ladings is later verander om minder vlamme te maak- meer rook- sonder om effektiwiteit te verloor.


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