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"Fok net voort maar hou net Noord...!"
Posted on: 25 July 2020
THE ROAD BETWEEN CHIEDE AND NAMACUNDE
Posted on: 30 April 2018
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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
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Supper in Sá da Bandeira
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The red cross
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Fighting for the heart and soul of Chiede
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Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
Thanks I was there....
Posted on: 24 February 2021
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
I was in the mortar section of B Coy. Will always remember that night. The comments made as first bangs woke us up are still quite vivid memories along with the events thereafter that night.<br />I still have routine contact with a few of the guys fr...
Posted on: 6 February 2021
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
Remember that night and still hear the Red Eyes flying....
Posted on: 22 November 2020
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
Hi Alistair, I have set up a Facebook page titled '3 SA Infantry B Company 1977 - 1978'. Feel free to check it out and join up. This applies to anyone else that may be interested. Thanks....
Posted on: 31 October 2020
Re: Exclusive Photo Gallery of Operation Protea added
I was at Ladysmith 5 SAI from July 1980 and was a rifleman in OPS Protea went through Ondjiva Xangongo and Pupu And was hoping to get some photos I could recognise I was in Charlie company i...
Posted on: 19 October 2020
 
Top Posts
RE: First attack on Tumpo: 25 February 1988 by Manchiviri
On February 25 at dawn, the SADF and UNITA began a offensive, lighting up with flares, falling into minefields and were swept by Cuban artillery fire. The tanks and the South African infantry and U...
Jonas Savimbi - No lado errado da História, Emídio Fernando by host
Biografia de Savimbi no momento em que se assinalam dez anos da sua morte. «Jonas Malheiro Savimbi, aos 32 anos, atingia a sua grande e almejada glória ao ser eleito, por unanimidade e aclamação, pre...
War of Intervention in Angola, Volume 3: Angolan and Cuban Air Forces, 1975-1989 (Africa@War), by Adrien Fontanellaz, José Matos, Tom Cooper by host
War of Intervention in Angola, Volume 3 covers the air warfare during the II Angolan War – fought 1975-1992 – through narrating the emergence and operational history of the Angolan Air Force and Air ...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Versión de Dick Lord. Piloto sudafricano. “Los MiGs habían desaparecido y Gagiano se unió a Piercy para ayudarlo a evaluar los daños. Mientras tanto este último tenía en la mano la tablilla donde a...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Cuando Gagiano y Piercy entraban en la maniobra del combate, el número gritó: "Cohete a las 3, de frente". Esto pudo comprobarse en la foto tomada por el cañón fotográfico de Gagiano y el misil voló ...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Versión de la SAAF. “A las 15:30 h tres parejas de Mirage Fl CZ, la primera tripulada por el jefe del Escuadrón Carlo Gagiano y Arthur Piercy como número, la segunda dirigida por Pierre du Pleis...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
La salida del combate y el regreso se realizó con una separación entre aviones de 2 a 3 km en alturas rasantes. Los motores trabajaron en postcombustión por orden del navegante. Feitó pensaba que era...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Versión cubana. “A partir del momento en que el líder cubano localizó visualmente al sudafricano hizo una maniobra enérgica en el plano horizontal que lo situó dentro del radio de giro de los Mir...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
"Te digo que aún así, a pesar de que creía en lo que ellos decían, había algo que no me permitía disfrutar a plenitud esa victoria: el avión no se encontró, y el enemigo hacía total silencio al respe...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Piloto líder. Mayor Ley Rivas. “Desde tierra, el navegante nos dirigía y nosotros en el aire nos protegíamos mutuamente, tratando de organizar nuestras acciones y buscar el momento propicio par...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Pero el líder aún no los veía. Todo indicaba que estaba observando la pantalla de su radar. Desgraciadamente la antena de su radar estaba mal orientada y en ese momento se acercaban a la distancia do...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Carlos Lamas. Jefe de la DAAFAR en Angola. "¡242, dispare!... ¡Fuego!", repetía con firmeza el jefe de la DAAFAR. El 242 no respondía, pero su número continuaba observando a los enemigos en el régi...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
De inmediato aparecieron los aviones en la pantalla del radar del piloto número 874 (indicativo del piloto número Juan Carlos Chávez Godoy) con una distancia de 20 km. Muy próximos a los 20 km, los M...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Versión cubana. “Entre el esclarecimiento y la toma de la decisión, el reloj desplazó las manecillas dos minutos cuarenta segundos y los cazas enemigos se acercaron 40 km. Con la aprobación del...
RE: Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Punto de conducción. Navegante Andrés Feitó. “Los primeros datos del enemigo aéreo aparecieron a una distancia de 130 km, con azimut de 175° de Cuito Cuanavale. Eran dos aviones que volaban escalon...
Analysis of the air combat in Angola on September 27, 1987. by host
Análisis del combate aéreo en Angola el 27 de septiembre de 1987. Artículo de Maikel Mederos Fiallo. El 27 de septiembre de 1987 se desarrolló una misión de rescate en la cual los pilo...
The Paras: Portugal’s First Elite Force in Africa, 1961-1974 (Africa@War) , by John P. Cann (Author) by host
Portuguese paratroopers or “paras” began as a stepchild of the army and found a home in the Portuguese Air Force in 1955. Initially, the post-World War Two Portuguese Army seemed to have had mixed em...
RE: THE FLECHAS: Insurgent Hunting in Eastern Angola, 1965-1974 (Africa@war), by John Cann by host
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DIE SUID-AFRIKAANSE LEËR-GEVEGSKOOL. Ontstaan en Ontwikkeling 1978 tot 1996, deur Dr Kriek van der Merwe by host
No information available yet...
SPECIAL FORCES: The Men Speak, by Jonathan Pittaway & Douw Steyn by host
True to the nature of Special Forces, the South African Recces started small but had a big impact. This iconic group went on to gain international renown as one of the world’s finest, focusing on cou...
In Different Times : The War of Southern Africa, 1966-1989, by I.J. van der Waag and A.M. Grundlingh (Editors)) by host
African Military Studies; volume 2 2019, Stellenbosch, SUN PReSS This is the first attempt to bring together diverse scholars, using different lenses, to study South Africa’s Border War. As a boo...
Baanbreek In Die Bos, deur Annie Buitendag by host
Softcover edition written by Annie Buitendag describing the experiences of an Army wife, published 2010 and now unavailable. 113 pages with photographs. Synopsis (in Afrikaans): "Die outeur i...
Obscure Air Base by jhawk
Hello, I recently came across this photo on a communication server. I have been searching for a while to find its name, location and more photos but with no luck. If any of you have any information on...
Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit, by Hennie van Vuuren by host
In its last decades, the apartheid regime was confronted with an existential threat. While internal resistance to the last whites-only government grew, mandatory international sanctions prohibited sa...
RE: Days of the Generals, by Hilton Hamann by host
I see the book is now available as an eBook: https://www.takealot.com/days-of-the-generals-ebook/PLID37006028
The Use of Surrogates in Southern Africa (1975-1989), MAJ Joseph E. Escandon by Bkongo012
An excellent Academic Study the use and effectiveness of surrogates at the tactical and strategic level. You probably heard of the Bush War, with tactical victories of the Rhodesians and South Afri...
Negotiating the Freedom of Namibia, by Hans-Joachim Vergau by host
At the beginning of 1977, several members of the United Nations (UN) Security Council prepared a joint diplomatic initiative to resolve the deadlock over South Africa's illegal occupation of Namibia....
Border War in Angola Ruacana: The Unnecessary War - Review by Bkongo012
The book is not an historical study based on all the information we know, it is the personal account of one man participation in the Cuban intervention in Angola, from things he had direct knowledge ...
RE: A Guide to South African Military Awards, by Paul Matthysen by host
Back Cover
RE: Why did the Cubans and South Africans fight each other in Angola? by Bkongo012
The Demographic excess of Cuba is an important factor to deflect any active force that could create a counter-revolutionary movement, and provide an excuse for a continuous state of war that allow f...
RE: SAS Inkonkoni 1885 - 1985, by Captain S.H.C. Payne by host
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Young's Field: A History of the Anti-Aircraft School, by Lionel Crook by host
Title: Young's Field: A History of the Anti-Aircraft School Author: Lionel Crook Publisher: Anti-Aircraft School/10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment, 1991 Length: 101 pages ISBN-10 : 0620155728 ISBN-...
RE: Our South African Army Today, by Bernard Marks by host
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RE: Our South African Army Today, by Bernard Marks by host
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RE: The South African Air Force at War: A Pictorial Appraisal, by J. S. Bouwer and Martin N. Louw by host
The Contents Page...
RE: Die Spesiale Diensbataljon/The Special Service Battalion (1933 - 1973), deur W. Otto et al. by host
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RE: Abe Ons Eerste, deur Abraham Bengell by host
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Abe Ons Eerste, deur Abraham Bengell by host
Oom Abe was die laaste rsm van 55 Bn Nepara. Hy was ook die eerste gekleurde RSM van n grens basis. Oom Abe het nog n paar van sy boeke oor. Laat weet wie stel belang. Ek hanteer net die ad vir hom. ...
Cuba and Africa, 1959–1994, Edited by Adrien Delmas, Giulia Bonacci, Kali Argyriadis by host
This collection provides an understanding and an explanation of Cuba’s interaction with Africa between 1959 and 1994, beginning with the Cuban Revolution and ending with South Africa’s democratic el...
RE: Ovamboland & Die Kaokoveld 1850-1990, deur Lukas de Waal by host
The book has been written as a unit and is only divided into two volumes due to its volume. It is ONLY AVAILABLE IN AFRIKAANS.
Ovamboland & Die Kaokoveld 1850-1990, deur Lukas de Waal by host
The book covers the history of Ovamboland and the Kaokoveld (Sector 10) from 1850 to 1990 and the involvement of the government- and other officials who worked in Ovamboland and the Kaokoveld and als...
RE: The Unforgotten War, by Russell Jones by host
Now available as an eBook: A first-hand personal account of life in the SADF as a conscript including war and the after-effects. The Unforgotten War is about an immigrant conscript’s National Ser...
Boys at War. Diary of SA’s Operation Savannah 1975 – 1976, by Paul Els by host
Following the Korean War, the next armed conflict to involve South African military forces was against Soviet, Cuban and Angolan forces – the SADF’s Operation Savannah in Angola. This resulted from t...
BattleFront Namibia, by John Ya-Otto, Ole Gjerstad and Michael Mercer by host
BattleFront Namibia - An Autobiography by John Ya-Otto, Ole Gjerstad and Michael Mercer Author: John Ya-Otto, Ole Gjerstad and Michael Mercer Publisher: Lawrence Hill Books D...
CHALLENGE. Southern Africa within the African Revolutionary Context, by Al J. Venter by host
Southern Africa within the African Revolutionary Context. 526 pages with index and HUGE amount of photographs from one of the world's ultimate war correspondents. First edition hardcover published by...
RE: SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOURED VEHICLES: A History of Innovation and Excellence, by Dr Dewald Venter by host
Here are what some of the reviewers thought of the book: Major General (ret) Roland de Vries - Brilliant and well researched! Lt. Col. (ret) J. French, SANDF Weapons Systems Officer Tanks ...
Option for the Sword: N.A. by Pedro Marangoni, Translated by Robert Anderson by host
An anti communist fighter involved in the Portuguese wars to save Angola and Mozambique from communist takeover in the 1970's, Rhodesia Special Branch, French and Spanish Foreign Legion,and lots of a...
RE: Buffalo Battalion: South Africa's 32 Battalion - A Tale of Sacrifice, by LJ Bothma by chris1961
Ek hou baie van sy boek oor die 32Bn Eenheid. Ek het dit baie geniet om die boek van bladsy 1 af tot aan die einde te lees. Dit laat 'n mens voel of jy self deel is van die Eenheid wat geveg het teen...
SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOURED VEHICLES: A History of Innovation and Excellence, by Dr Dewald Venter by host
AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 49 SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOURED VEHICLES: A History of Innovation and Excellence During the Cold War, Africa became a prime location for proxy wars between the East and th...
RE: Battle for Luso, 1975 by 24B
“Blue Sky”was Lt van Zyl’s callsign. There was no van Jaarsveld, but I can understand a mix up after all these years. Reveal your name and I’ll tell you what troop you were in. Norman Morrow was a d...
 
User Posts
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Westland Wasp HAS Mk 1, Serial 84...
Introduction by reinhold.blank
I must compliment you on this site. Like many National Servicemen I was called up, did my military training and then got sent to SWA to the border between SWA and Angola. I got posted to the Caprivi strip to 31 Battalion and was informed that I was in a safe place as Unita controlled the area north ...
RE: Garth Errera by GE
Hi Guys,
So glad I found this site!!!
Was a hated PF from 1987-2001
Was part of Ops Displace 1988
Kind regards,
Garth...
Comment by Bryang
You guys were awesome I was in 61 Mech Bravo co 23B and your 155s kept flying over our heads keeping FAPLA in check...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
SVS (Russian abbreviation) – Soviet military specialists, SVSiS (Russian abbreviation) – Soviet military specialists and advisers. Abbreviations used by the 10th Chief Directorate of the USSR General Staff in relation to Soviet military specialists s...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★22. The first President of independent Angola Agostinho
Neto views the Yak‑38 VTOL fighter on board of Minsk,
Soviet heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser visiting Luanda.
April 2, 1977. Photo: Union of Angola Veterans archives

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★21. In a tour across the country a group of Angolan
students of Soviet military academies13 visited
Leningrad (now – St. Petersburg). In the center –
a student of the Moscow Military and Political Academy
named after V. I. Lenin, now President of the Republic
of Angola João...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★20. Adviser of the Angolan MiG‑21 air squadron commander
Lt Col Vyacheslav Samoilov (center) after a training sortie
with an Angolan pilot on MiG‑21bis plane.
1985. Namibe airfield. Photo: V. Samoilov

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowadays PHO...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
[*] The USSR Navy 30th Operations Brigade – a task force of the Soviet Navy set up in the 70 – 80ies from the group of surface ships, submarines and auxiliary vessels of the Northern, Baltic and Black Sea fleets operating in the Atlantic....
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
[*] BPK (Russian abbreviation) – Large ASW Ship....
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
[*] Up to the end of the 1980ies in Angola the air wing of the Chief military adviser included about 12 turboprop An-12 planes which later were replaced with turbojet Il-76 military cargo planes. With Aeroflot identification marks...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
[*] SWAPO – South West Africa People’s Organization, a military and political movement struggling for the liberation of Namibia. By agreement with the government of independent Angola in 1977 – 1990 its military bases and training centers were stationed in its territory. Since 1991 ...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
[*] BDK (Russian abbreviation) – Large Landing Ship...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★19. “Sovhispan” has come! Soviet military specialists organic
to the FAPLA tactical field group advancing on Mavinga
receiving foodstuffs delivered by the Sovhispan company.
Among Soviet officers – Sergei Mishchenko and Yury Lokotkov.
Photo: S. Mishchenko

SOURCE: © 20...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★18. Visiting the operational site. A working group of the Soviet GHQ
officers headed by Army Gen V. Varennikov (second from the left,
next to Col Gen K. Kurochkin) which arrived to assist the FAPLA
command in repulsing the on-coming invasion of South African
troops. 1986. Southe...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★17. At the Humpata training center firing range. Armor specialist
Maj Orest Korgut at the T‑55 tank upon a month-long training
of Angolan tankmen (2nd FAPLA Infantry Brigade).
1982. Photo: O. Korgut

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowadays PHOTO...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★16. Meeting a group of Soviet KGB officers at the airport
of Lubango who arrived to render assistance to their
Angolan colleagues from the Ministry of State Security.
1989. Photo: S. Shuvanov (extreme right)

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowad...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★15. A Soviet military adviser gives instructions to the reconnaissance
company of the 19th FAPLA Infantry Brigade before going
on a mission. 1984. Mulondo. Photo: V. Soldatenko

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowadays PHOTO ALBUM 2020...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★14. Military interpreter Sen Lt Igor Sechin with an airfield guard
at Namibe. In the background: Soviet An‑12 cargo aircraft
(CMA’s air wing) refueling at Sonangol national oil company
station. 1985. Photo: I. Sechin

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★13. The crew disembarking from the Tu-95RTs11 reconnaissance
plane (USSR Navy AF) after landing at Luanda airfield.
Early 80ies. Photo: Ye. Kalinin

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowadays PHOTO ALBUM 2020...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★12. Repairs on our own. A Soviet officer with the Angolan Navy
repairs a bus used by our advisors to move across Luanda.
The majority of drivers of such vehicles were chosen from
the ranks of Soviet military advisers[*], which became an additional
unpaid job. 1987. Angol...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★11. USSR Ambassador in Angola Vladimir Kazimirov welcomes naval
personnel of Smyshlenyi large anti-submarine ship performing
alert patrol in the Atlantic Ocean within the 30th Operations
Brigade[*] of the USSR Navy and visiting Luanda to replenish
material supplies. 1987...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★10. Military training center at Menongue.
Military interpreter Capt Pavel Akimov
(second from the right) with FAPLA fighters
at special armored fighting vehicles.
1990. Photo: V. Sagachko

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowadays PHOTO ALBUM...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★9. Chief Military Adviser in Angola (1977–1980)
Lt Gen V. Shakhnovich (third from the left)
speaking with an Angolan commander
(interpreter in the center). 1978.
Photo: V. Shakhnovich

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowadays PHOTO ALBUM 202...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★8. Underwater counter sabotage. Landing force
commander (Krasnaya Presnya large landing ship[*])
Major Sergei Remizov in preparation to diving
and inspection of the vessel’s bottom.
1977. Luanda. Photo: S. Remizov

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola:...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★7. President José Eduardo dos Santos on a visit to Tallin, a Soviet large anti-submarine ship8,
in the seaport of Luanda. Center (from left to right): commanding officer Capt 2nd rank Yu. Ustimenko,
President of Angola, USSR Ambassador in Luanda V. Loginov, MPLA Politbureau Member L. Lara...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★6. A group of military advisers awaiting embarkation on An‑12 aircraft (Chief Military Adviser’s air
wing[*]) due to Luanda. 1984. Lubango. Photo: V. Soldatenko (extreme right)

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of Angola: From the Past to Nowadays PHOTO ALBUM 2020...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★5. A group of Soviet civil bridge-building specialists with the National bridge construction enterprise
of Angola (ENP) together with SWAPO fighters[*] safeguarding the Lubango-Moçâmedes road
(Serra da Leba pass). When travelling to dangerous areas civil specialists were obliged to ca...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★4. A group of Soviet civil surveyors and geodesists with the Institute for Geodesy and Cartography
of Angola take a picture at a bridge across the Cuanza River together with Angolan guards. 1980.
Photo: N. Simakov (standing third from the right)

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans ...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★3. Political briefing under field conditions. The duties of our military
advisers in Angola were not limited to combat training but also
included daily briefing about events in the country and abroad.
Maj Vladimir Soldatchenko addresses the Angolans, to the right –
military inte...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★2. President of Angola Agostinho Neto on board the large
landing ship[*] Krasnaya Presnya visiting Luanda seaport.
On the left is the Chief Military Adviser in Angola Gen Major
Ilya Ponomarenko, to the right – Commander of the ship’s
landing crew Major Sergei Remizov. 19...
Russian Union Of Angolan Veterans Personal Photo Collection by RusVet
★1. Angola is the place where we do our military service.
Operations officer-on-duty in the Russian military mission
at the headquarters of the Southern Front Lt Col Vadim Sagachko
at the map of Angola. 1990. Lubango. Photo: V. Sagachko

SOURCE: © 2020 Russian Veterans of An...
RE: University of Pretoria Military Unit by manusm
In die tweede deel van 1976 het die SAW en die Universiteit van Pretoria begin met onderhandelings en finale ministeriële toestemming is op 1 Julie 1977 verkry om die Universiteit van Pretoria Kommando (UP Komdo) te stig. Lede was reeds opgeleide infanterie soldate wat studente aan die UP was. Op 1 ...
RE: Neville Bowdens Personal Photo Collection by neville1
Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
RE: Neville Bowdens Personal Photo Collection by neville1
Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
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Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
RE: Neville Bowdens Personal Photo Collection by neville1
Eland 90 of 1 Special Service Battalion around 1977/78...
RE: Jan Du Toit by JanToit
Hi,
Ek het diensplig vanaf 1984 tot 1986 verrig by AMI in Pretoria, na opleiding by Inligtingskool in Kimberley....
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RE: 911 Battalion by charlparkin
911 bn se memorial...
RE: Roy Morriss Personal Photo Collection by BRUSH82
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In Buffalo base, we fixed the mog and went on rides on weekends....
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RE: Bosbok by johansamin
The Angolan MiG-23s which supported the Cuban 50th Division were all Cuban, as far as I know. So were the helicopter pilots but I will check and make sure.

The OPO was Anton Haas Jacobie who was the BPO at Hurricane Base at that time:
See previous posts... 😉

I don't think the MiGs actually crossed the border. The Bosbok was flying close enough to the border for either party to spot each other. The painting is, of course, exaggerated in the proximity of the planes to each other, but I can tell you a MiG that is just a DOT in the air is waaaay too close! If the MiGs had any intention of actually taking down the Bosbok, it would NOT have stood a chance at all!

You know we gunners have a joke about the Bosbok in that we claim its the only plane that gets overtaken from the rear by passing birds!
You DO get to change your mind very quickly when that thing takes a dive towards earth and flies you home nape of the earth! Kotskoets of note!

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RE: Bosbok by host
Francis Patrick asked:
Were the Mig pilots really Cuban?

Also, from Garth Hamilton:
Johan Schoeman, can you put a date and place on this event plse? I am right to assume that it was in 1988 and the Bosbok acting as a telstar out of Ruacana, with the Migs doing an airspace invasion of SWA just to prove they could ?
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RE: Bosbok by host
On behalf of Anton Haas Jacobie:
Johan Schoeman, we were just south of the border and west of Ruacana.
If I remember correctly it was 3 or 4 days before the Calueque strike. That day I was a OP with Major Duppie (32 Bn)
Around there we stay awhile in that valley just west of Ruacana
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RE: Bosbok by johansamin
Anton Haas Jacobie, Well, I salute you! To even contemplate being in the air! Were you over SWA terrrtory at least? So that would mean I was NOT the only artillery officer that had waved at enemy MiGs! 😉...
RE: Bosbok by host
On Behalf of Anton Haas Jacobie:
Johan Schoeman I waited very long for this story.
Would love to meet the pilot of that Bosbok again. I was the OP and BPO at Hurricane Base at that time.
I was in that Bosbok on that day and that was actually not so bad, after I wave to the airplans passing from the back, just west of Ruacana I realize it is Mig's, but before I could say anything to the pilot he made a strong right turn and fell to the ground.
I remember that day as if yesterday.
After Kmdt du Randt was shot down OP's was grounded and I was the first OP in the air again.
I have a lot of respect for the pilots they were the best in the world....
RE: Bosbok by johansamin
WOW... you would have to be CRAZY to be in a Bosbok when the enemy has air-superiority over the area! I am a qualified Class-A Artillery Observer (meaning I can observe and control artillery fire from the air), and I can tell you after Cmdt Johann Du Randt (and Lt Glen, pilot) was shot down by SAM on 3 September 1987, we did NOT even consider placing OPOs in the air at Cuito Cuanavale! This may have happened closer to home in June 1988 when the Cubans threatened SWA. It is possible that the Bosbok is actually over SWA territory (looking at the terrain and the rivers below) and the MiGs did not risk an attack on SWA/Namibian soil as they knew it may incite us Boers to stubborn resistance! Still, to take the chance in a mere Bosbok.... salute to the pilot and observer in that plane!...
RE: Bosbok by AlfieW
SAAF Bosbok Intercepted by Angolan Mig 23ML, Southern Angola 1988. Artwork by Ryno Cilliers....
RE: Transvaal Farmers in Angola by host
6. That happened in 1928. After negotiating with the Union government, about 5 000 of them were settled in South-West Africa. Only a few remained in Angola. Thus the Afrikaner’s “half-a-century in Angola” came to an end....
RE: Transvaal Farmers in Angola by host
5. “The suppression of our Afrikaans schools”, wrote P.J. van der Merwe, “would have meant the eventual destruction of our mother tongue. And if our language was lost, our churches and Protestant beliefs would soon follow. The Afrikaner in Angola would have totally lost his own identity after a few generations. It is a clear answer to the question of why the Angola-Boers moved back.”...
RE: Transvaal Farmers in Angola by host
4. The relationship between the Boers and the Portuguese authorities went sour after a while. Even before the end of the 19th century, half of the first group left Angola under the encouragement of Rev. M. Pelser, to settle down in the northern parts of South-West Africa (now Namibia)....
RE: Transvaal Farmers in Angola by host
3. The climate and forage on the Humpata highland seemed good, but it was soon apparent that pestilence and disease amongst the livestock would make livestock farming almost impossible at that stage. The farmers then had to find other ways of earning their keep, like hauling. Their ox wagons caused a traffic upheaval in Angola which gradually replaced the native carriers, which up to then, was the default transportation method of traders, explorers, and military conquerors. They were also good road builders and helped build amongst others, a mountain road downhill from Humpata to Moçamedes. The haulage trips also took them to other parts of Angola like the district of Bié, where some eventually settled....
RE: Transvaal Farmers in Angola by host
2. The first group, comprising of about 50 families, settled on the Humpata highland after negotiations with the governor of Moçamedes. 200 Hectares of ground were promised to every family, which would remain tax-free for ten years. (A summary of the agreement signed on 18 September 1880 at Moçamedes, can be found in N.A. Burger’s “Die Dorslandtrek, ‘n Histories-Geografiese Studie 1870-1954”, a doctrinal thesis done at the University of the Orange Free State, 1978, pp. 253-254.) In a second agreement regarding the settlement of the Boer-colony St Januario de Humpata, freedom of religion was also promised. (N.A. Burger, “Die Dorslandtrek”, p.258.) Later more migrations followed. In 1894, another sixty, in 1897 twenty, and in 1905 another twelve families moved to Angola, according to one source. (G.P.J. Trümpelmann in “Standard Encyclopedia of Southern Africa”, Volume 1, p. 426.) Other sources do not confirm the years and numbers though. (Compare N.A. Burger, “>b>Die Dorslandtrek”, Chapter XIII.)...
RE: Inland Exploration by host
8. The Congress of Berlin demanded the colonies assigned to European countries be actively occupied. For Angola this meant renewed explorations and conquests and the settlement of more European colonists....
RE: Inland Exploration by host
7. That Angola finally got assigned to Portugal as a colony of such extend, is remarkable. The Congress of Berlin was followed by various other bilateral agreements in which the final borders of Angola were finalized....
RE: Inland Exploration by host
6. The motivation behind it was personal honor in some instances, or simply the human urge to get to know the unknown. There was the motive to expose the evils of the slave trade to the world, but there also existed a rational compulsion, in that a country could claim the areas that their explorers discovered. This related to the “scramble for Africa” and the resulting Congress of Berlin, whereby, in 1884-5, Africa were subdivided into colonies of the various claimant countries. At this congress, Portugal fought vehemently to keep the areas opened up by its explorers, especially the Lower-Congo, where it was the first on the scene, as well as the area between Angola and Mozambique....
RE: Inland Exploration by host
5. Thus the explorers crisscrossed Africa on long drawn-out safaris, accompanied by black carriers with the equipment on their heads and often with the explorer himself being deadly ill and carried on a chair or stretcher. They were the heroes of the time. Their travel journals almost always turned into top sellers....
RE: Inland Exploration by host
4. Due to examples set by other countries, the Geographical Association of Lisbon was established in 1875 in Portugal by a group of prominent people, who insisted that more money needed to be spent on exploration and colonial enterprises. According to them, Portugal’s colonies gave the country more international acclaim and status....
RE: Inland Exploration by host
3. In the eighteen-seventies a new interest in, and a national pride of, the country’s colonial achievements, awakened in Portugal. To a certain measure it was caused by the travels and exploits of Livingstone and Stanley and others, which focused the attention of the world on Africa. In this, also, the Portuguese were pioneers, but their expeditions did not raise the same attention....
RE: Inland Exploration by host
2. It started in 1838 with an expedition up to Cassanje, which is located between the Lui and Cuango rivers, followed by confirmation of Portuguese authority over the area between Moçamedes (Namibe) and the Cunene, as well as the conquest of the central highland up to the Cubango and the upper-flow of the Zambezi. In the north, Ambriz was conquered in 1858, followed by the construction of military posts at Quibaxe, Bernbe, and Sào Salvador. Efforts to conquer the Congo estuary were thwarted by the British....
RE: The Portuguese Colony of Angola by host
15. As to Angola, the slave trade died a slow death, and was replaced by a system of employment, which for many, came down to forced labour. Slavery can be regarded as one of the main causes of the low population of Angola....
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