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Re: "Trying to destroy the Olifants"
Dag Johan,<br />Baie intersante komentaar en het eers vandag die site ontdek.<br />Ek was die gunner van die tank wat die myn-vee apparaat vooraan gehad het en ook in die mynveld gelos was - Ek kan om die dood nie die roepsein onthou nie. Jy is...
Posted on: 21 February 2017
Re: BUSH WAR VETERANS!
Dankie Sandra. Ek moet eers sien of die manne hulle stories hier gaan laai of nie. Almal gebruik deesdae net Facebook en wil nie graag op enige ander platform iets skryf nie. So ek is nog verdeeld tussen die twee platforms. Wat my betref kan hulle gerus op...
Posted on: 8 February 2017
Re: BUSH WAR VETERANS!
More, ek is 'n oud-joernalis wat 'n nuwe uitdaging nodig het. Ek is meer as bereid om die verhale deur te gaan en te 'edit'. <br />...
Posted on: 8 February 2017
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
Mrs. Maboea, when you write, it is like history coming alive again. Today we are old enough to sit in the Circle of the Elders, when we look back, we see our youth flowing away and old age creeping up like a thief in the night. Hope your people are fine to...
Posted on: 6 February 2017
Re: Operation Savannah: The battle of the casualties of the war (Part 1 of 4 parts)
Thank you for your comments, Johan. Col Dippenaar retired from the SADF as a general. He is currently the chairman of the Op Savannah veterans organisation. ...
Posted on: 30 November 2016
 
Top Posts
RE: Third attack on Tumpo: 23 March 1988 by host
From The Nambian, 1 April 1988, almost a week later: Angop claims SA tanks wrecked and captured in Cuito area ANGOLAN troops last Wednesday destroyed four South African centurion t...
Battle For Angola: The End Of The Cold War In Africa c1975-89, by Al J. Venter by host
Following the publication of Al Venter's successful Portugal's Guerrilla Wars in Africa - shortlisted by the New York Military Affairs Symposium's 'Arthur Goodzeit Book Award for 2013' - his Battle f...
Salazar: A Political Biography, by Filipe de Meneses by host
The first full-length English scholarly biography of one of the last dictators of Western Europe. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar entered the government of Portugal when Herbert Hoover was president and ...
Living in a Shadow World: The Memoirs and True Story of a South African Intelligence Field Operator, by Daniël Ferreira du Toit and Klaus Schirmer by host
In 1974 a young man, called up to serve in the South African Defence Force, is recruited by Military Intelligence. Three years later, his military tour of duty to the Angolan border over, he joins BO...
SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOUR OF THE BORDER WAR 1975-89, by Kyle Harmse and Simon Dunstan by host
SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOUR OF THE BORDER WAR 1975-89 - Authors Kyle Harmse and Simon Dunstan with illustrations by Pierre Lowe Victor. Published by Osprey Publishing in their New Vaguard Series. 48 Pages - ...
RE: Real reason for Ochoa's execution by host
What could break a victorious general's spirit so much? "[Ochoa] Mr President, before remarking on the accusations against me, I feel it is my basic duty, because it has been my main concern duri...
JPRS Report: Cuban Government Proceedings Against Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez and Other Officials June-July 1989 by host
This reference volume is a compilation of the translated broadcasts of the Cuban Government proceedings against Division General Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez and other officials of the Cuban Revolutionary A...
Ons was daar Sektor 10, deur Paul J. Els by host
Die nuwe boek van Paul J. Els ‘ONS WAS DAAR SEKTOR 10’ is nou beskikbaar vanaf epos@groep7.co.za Die boek is A4 met 537 bladsye W/S, c. 1600 fotos, wat die stories van die SAW en SAP in Owambo e...
In Search of Freedom: Andreas Shipanga Story as Told to Sue Armstrong by host
In Search of Freedom by A. Shipanga and S. Armstrong presents the story of Andreas Shipanga, as told to Sue Armstrong. He tells of the contract labour system which formed the basis of SWAPO (South We...
RE: Operation Hooper: General by johansamin
Re the organisation of the SA Forces for Operation Hooper: I have not yet drawn up complete complete Orders Of Battle for 61 Mech specifically for Operation Hooper, but the attached tank squadrons...
Where Others Wavered: The Autobiography of Sam Nujoma, by Sam Nujoma by host
Political determination, diplomatic endeavour, and military perseverance ~ all focused with singular vision and unwavering constancy on Namibia's goal of nationhood ~ have been the hallmarks of the l...
RE: 32 Battalion ("Os Terriveis") by host
I think the term "Buffalo Soldiers" originally refer to the unit of black soldiers in the US Cavalry back in the 1860s. 32 Battalion, or "Os Terriveis" (The Terrible Ones) was also known as ...
RE: 32 Battalion ("Os Terriveis") by Rynussguy
Was 32 Battalion also known as the 'Buffalo Soldiers?
Special Forces Training and Animal Instinct by Rynussguy
Good day, I am doing research into the influence, if any, of animal behaviour and tactics in military training. Primarily for Special Forces Operators, everything from animal calls, bush cr...
RE: O Adeus a Angola, Rogério Amorim by Manuel
'Goodbye Angola - Diary of the flight of a group of Angolan refugees through the Skeleton Coast'. Just finished reading this remarkable book. A courageous flight by a small group of my fellow Angol...
O Adeus a Angola, Rogério Amorim by host
Um relato comovente do amor por África. Um depoimento perturbador sobre um dos períodos mais marcantes da nossa História - a Descolonização. O 25 de Abril de 1974 o país mudou. Acabou a Ditadura. Che...
The Destruction of a Nation: United States' Policy Towards Angola Since 1945, by George Wright by host
In this thorough examination of US policy towards Angola from 1945 up to the present, George Wright assesses how each President from Truman to Clinton has carried out US foreign policy in general, an...
Betting on the Africans: John F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders Reprint Edition by Philip E. Muehlenbeck by host
As a presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy established a reputation across Africa as a sympathetic supporter of African nationalism, who if elected would realign Washington's priorities toward the ...
JFK: Ordeal in Africa First Edition by Richard D. Mahoney by host
No conviction was more basic to JFK's foreign policy than his belif that America had to recognise the historic sweepnof the Third World nationalism. It was in Africa, one of the key crisis areas of t...
RE: Koevoet: The Men Speak, by Jonathan Pittaway by host
This is the story of one of the world's most effective Special Forces units told by the men who served in it. Breaking with conventional military thinking, the South African Police created Koevoet by...
RE: SADF Colour Scheme by host
Feedback from Laurette Smalman on Facebook: I noticed that the olive drap often turn pinkish hu. 4 line sevicing all body parts were sand blasted. Our approved Supplier was Varcol in Pta for Pri...
RE: SADF Colour Scheme by johansamin
Again... the effect of lighting...
RE: SADF Colour Scheme by johansamin
Here is the same scene with different lighting...
SADF Colour Scheme by johansamin
I have been asked how to match the exact colour scheme that the SADF used during the Border War. Is there a definitive guide to SADF vehicle colour schemes? In many photos the vehicles look several s...
WE DID NOT SEE IT EVEN IN AFGHANISTAN. Memoirs of a participant of the Angolan war (1986–1988) Oral history of forgotten wars, by Igor Zhdarkin by host
These recollections will be published as part of a collection of memoirs in the series “Oral history of forgotten wars”. They contain information little known not only to the broader public but also ...
RE: Did the SADF use gas against their opponents in Angola? by dougbev
The SADF definitely gassed UNITA in Feb 1988. I have it from the guy who ran the deception
RE: Did the SADF use gas against their opponents in Angola? by johansamin
Think about this... Which side was the ONLY side that had was prepared for chemical warfare and issued all its troops with gas masks? And then claiming it was the OTHER side using it, this OTHER side ...
RE: Did the SADF use gas against their opponents in Angola? by dougbev
Zhdarkin incident October 29, 1987 so not the same as Unita incident Feb 88 Here are 61meg guys issued with gas masks 14 Feb 88 and the unita incident happened the next day
RE: Did the SADF use gas against their opponents in Angola? by dougbev
After Basson accidentally gassed UNITA (wind changed direction ) he got his big mate Heyndrickx (who went to jail for stealing centrifuges from the university of Gent and sold them to Basson ) t...
RE: Did the SADF use gas against their opponents in Angola? by dougbev
On a question asked on a Facebook group by Charl Parkin: "Interesting reading. The gas, true or false? The burnt out pilot, true or false? Tx" My repky: The gas was true . The day before...
Did the SADF use gas against their opponents in Angola? by host
The question popped up a number of times and I will endeavour to replicate the discussions here: In Igor Zhdarkin's "WE DID NOT SEE IT EVEN IN AFGHANISTAN" Memoirs of a participant of th...
RE: First attack on 21 Brigade: 2 January 1988 by william.surmon@gmail.com
This is a picture of 59S just before the attack on 21st Fapla Brigade 13 January1988.06/01/1988 - MIGS attacked us at 06h00. Bombs landed close to us. Dived into fox holes. Moving position tonight 30...
RE: First attack on 21 Brigade: 2 January 1988 by william.surmon@gmail.com
I was the crew commander of the tank "59s" that lost contact with the group. Call sign 59S was the School of Armour tank squadron - F Squadron "9" HQ Troop and "S" was the Spare Tank - later fit...
THE ORAL HISTORY OF FORGOTTEN WARS, by the Union of Russian Veterans of the War In Angola by host
THE ORAL HISTORY OF FORGOTTEN WARS The Memoirs of Veterans of the War in Angola, by the Union of Russian Veterans of the War In Angola In this collection are presented the memoirs of two officers...
The USSR and SWAPO: SECRET MISSION IN ANGOLA (1977–1990), by the Union of Russian Veterans of the War in Angola by host
By the beginning of the 1970s, close links were established between the USSR and the South-West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) as the UN-acknowledged representative of the Namibian people. The ...
The Jungle Fighter, by Peter Ekandjo by host
The “Jungle Fighter” is a refreshing, revealing portrait of the life of PETER EKANDJO. It traces his history, from a village boy and battle tested fighter to a lone clandestine operative inside Namib...
Southern Africa in the Cold War, Post-1974, edited by Sue Onslow and Anna-Mart van Wyk by host
Published by the Cold War International History Project. Drawing together leading former antagonists from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, the former Soviet Union and with representation from Cuba, t...
RE: Captured Wit Hings by Orne66
I am almost certain that Decker was the driver of this Withings when it hit the mine. I was one of two full CPls responsible for the recovery unit based at 101 WKSP Grootefontein. I looked after ops a...
LUKAS NEL: Kort Stories uit ‘n Lang Lewe, deur Johannes de Koning by host
Johannes de Koning (N$245) Ontdek die avonture van ‘n jong man wat sy pad deur oorloë en lewe probeer vind. Lukas Nel deel sy lewensverhaal in ‘n reeks kort verhale, waar hy sy lewensavonture b...
RE: CASUALTIES 1946-1994. UDF, SADF, KOEVOET, by Paul J. Els by host
A page from the book...
RE: CASUALTIES 1946-1994. UDF, SADF, KOEVOET, by Paul J. Els by host
A page from the book...
RE: CASUALTIES 1946-1994. UDF, SADF, KOEVOET, by Paul J. Els by host
A page from the book...
CASUALTIES 1946-1994. UDF, SADF, KOEVOET, by Paul J. Els by host
This book covers all South African casualties during the period 1946 through 1994 inclusive of the Union Defence Force (UDF), South African Defence Force (SADF), and South West Africa Police Counter-...
Really Inside BOSS: A Tale of South Africa's Late Intelligence Service (and Something about the CIA), by PC Swanepoel by host
Authors Foreword: “This book was initially conceived of as nothing else but a commentary on James Sanders' APARTHEIDS’ FRIENDS – THE RISE AND FALL OF SOUTH AFRICA'S SECRET SERVICE which appeared...
The Namibian War of Independence, 1966-1989: Diplomatic, Economic and Military Campaigns, by Richard Dale by host
The decolonization of Namibia was delayed from 1966 to 1989--the period of the war of independence--pitting the Namibian nationalists against the South African minority-ruled regime. This book descri...
Liberating Namibia: The Long Diplomatic Struggle Between the United Nations and South Africa, by E. Ike Udogu by host
After World War I, the League of Nations assigned management of the German colony of Namibia to Britain, which passed control to South Africa as a "trophy" for the country's support during the war. T...
Swapo's Struggle for Namibia, 1960-1991: War by Other Means, by Lauren Dobell by host
Lauren Dobell's study analyses the struggle of the South West Africa People's Organisation for the independence of Namibia. It is the first in-depth study of the history of the former liberation orga...
National Liberation in Post-Colonial Southern Africa: A Historical Ethnography of SWAPO's Exile Camps, by Christian A. Williams by host
This book traces the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) across its three decades in exile through rich, local histories of the camps where Namibian exiles lived in Tanzania, Zambia, and ...
Saluting the Eagle. My experiences as a Parabat in Angola, by Kevin Vos by host
It is not an historical account written in the first person; it is written as a novel giving an insight into the small talk, the joys and the challenges of army life, culminating in the horror of war...
5 SA Infantry Battalion 1962-1983 by host
5 Suid Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon 1962-1983 211-Jaar Gedenkalbum. [5 South African Infantry Battalion 1962-1983 21 Year Commemorative Album] Daar was reeds sedert 1854 aanduidings van mili...
 
User Posts
RE: VICTOR JENSENs Personal Photo Collection by jensenvl
Bdr Victor Jensen and Bdr Peter Kearney setting up an illumination grenade. The area where they were set up was marked with a piece of white ribbon as they were often hard to find in the mornings and we did not want to activate them by mistake.
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RE: VICTOR JENSENs Personal Photo Collection by jensenvl
Here we had to improvise. The area was often too large to cover with trip flares, so we used illumination grenades as well. This we would mount inverted (found it triggered better than when facing upward) and run fishing line from the pin. The pin was set that it needed very little pressure to pull ...
RE: VICTOR JENSENs Personal Photo Collection by jensenvl
Bdr Victor Jensen activating the trip flare. This was done once everyone was back in a TB and about 60 minutes before sunset. We would lay 2 together in foxholes and cover a relative area in a half moon shape facing the Zambian side. Flares were setup about 25 – 30 meters in front of us.
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RE: VICTOR JENSENs Personal Photo Collection by jensenvl
Bdr Victor Jensen and Gnr Hilton Jones setting up a trip flare (potjievakkel – not sure of the spelling).
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RE: VICTOR JENSENs Personal Photo Collection by jensenvl
Gnr Robert Graham, Gnr Mark Planzer and L/Bdr Peter Jacobs tucking into some canned food.
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RE: VICTOR JENSENs Personal Photo Collection by jensenvl
There were quite a bit of shona’s in that area. Some were not easy to see as the ground growth was thick in places and well knitted. You would find yourself suddenly walking in slush – then you knew a shona was possibly close by. We dared not drink from that water, but our Caprivian trackers had no ...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
At the positions of the South African artillery during Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel] ...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
At the positions of the South African artillery during Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel] ...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
At the positions of the South African artillery during Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel] ...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
At the positions of the South African artillery during Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
South African medium guns during Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
South African medium guns during Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
A South African medium gun battery during Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Brian Sowdens Personal Photo Collection by soutiesowdenjr
Soutie Sowden ...
RE: Brian Sowdens Personal Photo Collection by soutiesowdenjr
Soutie Sowden (blue cap) F/Engineer and gunner on Allo's somewhere on ops....
RE: Brian Sowdens Personal Photo Collection by soutiesowdenjr
Soutie Sowden as flight engineer, with 19 squadron, loading a wounded soldier into a Puma for CASAVAC....
RE: Brian Sowdens Personal Photo Collection by soutiesowdenjr
Soutie Sowden (in the white shirt) at the robot he installed for the pub at Katima/Mpacha. The robot indicated working hours of the pub and/or when beer was cold....
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
140mm Medium gun in action at Bridge 14, Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Settling in but still digging foxholes. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Settling in but still digging foxholes. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Pineapple break for a gun crew. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
The captured enemy BM-21. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
The captured enemy BM-21. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
The Hospital at Cela. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
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RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Eliminated enemy mortar position. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Enemy truck destroyed. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Enemy GAZ truck captured. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Enemy truck destroyed. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Johan Schoemans Personal Photo Collection by johansamin
Enemy 120mm mortar position. Operation Savannah, 1975/76
[Photo from Hannes Nel]...
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
SIGHT OERLIKON 20 MM....
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
OUDTSHOORN.
PLATOON WEAPON TRAINING. BREN, 7,62 MM....
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
10 LUGAFWEER REGIMENT....
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RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
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RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
SOOS MY SKOONPA ALTOOS GESe HET: "DIE INGELSE HET N PAAR GOEIE DINGE VERVAARDIG, GOUE STROOP, DIE LISTER-POMP EN DIE VICKERS"....
RE: Mark Adams by adams_Mark911@yahoo.com
I arrived at Klipdrift in Feb 1987 for Basic training. After a short time there was a feeling of urgency and we were sent prematurely to VTH (Voortrekkerhoogte). We were sent on  some leave and then returned to complete the last 2 weeks of basics at VTH and then started our Ops Medic training in ear...
RE: Greg Daviess Personal Photo Collection by Thedigger
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RE: Greg Daviess Personal Photo Collection by Thedigger
This is the last photo taken of Bdr Hendrick on right. I think he got killed the next day. Kalahari ?? on left, Tolla Lombard in the middle....
RE: Greg Daviess Personal Photo Collection by Thedigger
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RE: Greg Daviess Personal Photo Collection by Thedigger
The Ystervark is the basic mobile light anti aircraft system of the South African Army. It is basically a Samil 20 chassis fitted with a full length mine protected hull with a GAI-CO1 20mm anti aircraft gun fitted to the load bed. The gun is basically an updated version of the GAI-BO1 20mm gun capab...
RE: Greg Daviess Personal Photo Collection by Thedigger
Back of pamphlet...
RE: Greg Daviess Personal Photo Collection by Thedigger
These are "Colonel" Callans (Real name Costas Georgiou) mercenaries on trial in Luanda, Angola around 1976. Callan killed 14 of his own men (attempting to desert) as well as 2 civilians. He was executed in Angola. Many years later these images were used as "propaganda" against us (South African sold...
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Equipment, Medals and Operations Posts
RE: Valkiri-22 Mk 1 127 mm Multiple Rocket Launcher by host
The first use of the Visarend launcher and Valkiri unguided rocket in combat was in August 1981 during Operation Protea. It had been developed under Project Furrow since 1977, tested at Swartklip, and the first instructors course was held in May 1979 at Kentron South. A single MRL troop, under Captain Johan du Randt, was mobilised and went into action on the edge of a shona, ready to fire on targe...
RE: Operation Daffodil by host
Sent in by Cornelius Verwey:

I was part of the 10 Armour Contingent in Angola.

  • The task was to engage and take out Cuvelai in same to distract the attention of Fapla from the main battle and instead of sending reinforcements to Cuito to divert the force to Cuvelai-This was our briefing.


  • The were certain target identified in the town of ...
RE: Operation Savannah by host
Operasie Savannah se Gesneuweldes:...
RE: Operation Savannah by host
Operasie Savannah se Gesneuweldes:
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RE: AT-3 Sagger Anti-Tank Guided Missile by GrahamDT
The Soviet 9M14M AT-3 Malutka SAGGER wire-guided anti-tank missile with a shaped-charge HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) warhead was first encountered by South African Forces in Angola during Ops Savannah in 1975/76.

The SAGGER may be employed as a man-packed missile, on vehicles or from rotary-wing aircraft. The AT-3 is classed by weight as portable (21-40 kg. The man-pack version is c...
RE: B-10 82 mm Anti-Tank Gun by GrahamDT
The Soviet manufactured B-10 Recoilless Rifle (Bezotkatnoye Orudie-10) is an 82 mm smoothbore recoilless rifle that could be carried on the rear of a BTR-50 armoured personnel carrier. This weapon was phased out of service in the Soviet Army in the 1960s but remained in service with Soviet parachute units until the 1980s. Large quantities of these weapons have appeared throughout the Middle East, ...
RE: Type 63 107 mm MRL by GrahamDT
Another interesting weapon encountered in Angola was the Chinese manufactured Type 63 multiple rocket-launcher. This weapon is a towed, 12-tube, 107mm rocket launcher that was produced by the People's Republic of China in the early 1960s and later exported and manufactured globally. The launcher has 12 tubes that are arranged in three banks of four tubes each. All the tubes are parallel to each ot...
RE: Operation Kerslig by STosen
Three months after Operation Protea, held on August 23, 1981, the largest mechanized operation undertaken by the South African Army against Angola since World War II and before the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the murderous rage of the apartheid regime was more once in place,

this time in an operation aimed at destroying the fuel tanks of the refinery Petrangol, located i...
RE: SA-16 Shoulder launched by GrahamDT
Here we see a photograph of a captured Soviet SA-16 GIMLET Man-portable, Shoulder-launched Surface-to-Air Missile. The SA-16 GIMLET or IGLA-1 9K310 is a further development from the SA-7 & SA-14 series of Man-portable Surface-to-air Missile Systems and is actually an improved version of the SA-18 GROUSE that was introduced in 1983, three years prior to the development of the SA-16.

The ...
RE: Operation Daisy by gert61
Platoon 1 Bravo company of 61 Mech Battalion Group crossing the border with Angola during Op Daisy in November 1981...
RE: Operation Daisy by gert61
At 08h15 three Buccaneers attacked an alleged SWAPO HQ position near Chitequeta with a low-medium toss bombing profile. Each Buccaneer carried 8 × 460kg bombs. Four bombs became hung-up between the three aircraft during the bombing run.

High release dive-bombing was executed on the target on Bravo Battalion located at Chitequeta from 08h16 onwards. At 08h16 four Mirage F1s dropped thirt...
RE: Operation Daisy by gert61
Precious lives were sacrificed and brave deeds were done within minutes of scathing fire erupting from both sides. Nineteen year old Ariel Hugo later on shared the following vivid account with us:
“During Operation Daisy we were ambushed. It happened in the afternoon on 4 November 1981. When the first shots were fired the enemy instantly killed a UNITA major, his orderly and Lieutenant Gert v...
RE: Operation Kropduif by Katswink

Operation Kropduif, the attack on Eheke 28 October 1977


Deemed to bleed


Operation Kropduif (the attack on Eheke) on 28 October 1977, would forever be the darkest day in the history of the South African Special Forces.


After the withdrawal of the South Africans from Angola in 1976, Swapo would tak...

RE: Kudu by GrahamDT
Atlas Aircraft Corporation of South Africa produced 38 of these aircraft for the SAAF to be used as a general purpose light battlefield transport/communications aircraft. The aircraft had the capability to carry a pilot and seven passengers, was fitted with a fixed undercarriage and was equipped with a sliding door that made this aircraft ideal to carry free fall paratroopers. The Kudu was used ex...
RE: South African guns north of Luanda by host
Feedback received from Doug Beveridge:

There are a number of references that SAS Tafelberg retrieved the guns

"In November 1975 at the end of Operation Savannah, she provided logistical support to the SAS President Kruger (F150) and SAS President Steyn during the Ambrizete Incident, and also subsequently went to Zaire to retrieve the guns that the army left behind in Angola....
RE: Operation Daisy by host
The Op Daisy song [photo sent in by Deon Cloete, original photo from Jan de Lange]:...
RE: G-5 155 mm Gun-Howitzer by host
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RE: Kalashnikov AK-47 Rifle by host
I have set up a page for the 48-page booklet on the Weapons of Kalashnikov (sent in by Leo at http://www.warinangola.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1967...
RE: Operation Packer by johansamin
Operation Packer: Units involved...
RE: South African guns north of Luanda by jrademeyer
I will ask General Holtshausen if he can help....
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