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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
 
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War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 2: Angolan and Cuban Forces at War, 1976-1983, by Adrien Fontanellaz by host
AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 34 As of mid-1976, the civil war in Angola was seemingly decided: supported by a large contingent of Cuban forces, the MPLA established itself in power in Luanda. Its nati...
Semper prorsum: Regiment Mooirivier, 1954-2001, by Front Cover Gerhardus Johannes Jakobus Oosthuizen by host
Title: Semper prorsum: Regiment Mooirivier, 1954-2001 Author: Gerhardus Johannes Jakobus Oosthuizen Publisher: Ons Drukkers, 2003 Length: 182 pages No further information available...
Pik Botha en sy Tyd, deur Theresa Papenfus by host
Dis ’n belangrike boek oor die oorgangspolitiek in Suider-Afrika. Dit fokus op die rol wat ’n enkele persoon – Pik Botha – as deelnemer gespeel het oor ’n tydperk van meer as vyf dekades. Meer o...
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...
 
User Posts
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
This was Charlie Tower taken in 1987...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Patrol filling water bottles at a Waterhole near Okangwati...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Portuguese Air Force Crew posing for a photograph in front of their Squadron 502 Elefantes Noratlas Aircraft....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Portuguese Soldiers from Batalhão de Caçadores 3869 posing for a photograph sometime during early .1974...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Kwêvoël Mk I Horse Transporter. Six of these vehicle were produced for the Army in 1978. Unlike the standard Kwêvoël truck where only the cab was mine-protected, the armoured, mine-protected hull on this vehicle extended the full length of the vehicle resulting in a diminished payload of only 5,54 t...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Seasoned Ouman Veteran Brothers on Patrol between Eenhana and Nkongo....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Ruacana Falls seen during May 1986...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Even Eland 90 Noddy car gun barrels required cleaning from time to time and here we see the crew of one of them doing just that...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Mercedes Benz Truck blown up by a Soviet Anti-Tank Mine near Eenhana in 1976....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Crew of a Eland 90 Noddy Car having a chat with some Brothers in a Buffel Troop Carrier somewhere on Oom Willie se Pad....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Oom Willie se Pad was always known as such throughout the Bush War and was listed on all Operational Maps as Oom Willie. Whether this road has been re-named under Namibian Rule is unknown. I do know however that Oom Willie se Pad has now been tarred. Here is a section of an original Ops Map showing ...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Die herkoms en die ontstaan van 'n Staatspresidentswag met spesiale uniforms hier te lande kan teruggevoer word na die vroee Republikeinse dae met die stigting van die artilleriekorpse deur Presidente Brand en Burgers van die Vrystaatse en Zuid-Afrikaansche Republieke, onde...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Die helmet wat bv in die Pruisiese Weermag gedra is, kan teruggevoer word na Engeland, Oostenryk, Swede, die VSA, Meksiko, Columbie en Bolivie. Sekere militere historici beweer dat die punthelmet oorgeneem is van Tsaar Nicholas van Rusland en dat Frederik Willem dit as 'n p...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Met die oorspronklike instelling van die Staatspresidentswag is besluit am 'n spesiale uniform te antwerp vir die beplande inhuldiging van Dr Donges as Staatspresident op Republiekdag 1967. Aangesien daar genoeg materiaal in voorraad was am die nodige seremoniele uniforms v...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Groen uniform
Die vorm van die eerste en latere uniforms was in 'n mate gebaseer op seremoniele uniforms van die artillerie in sowel die negentiende eeuse Oranje-Vrystaat as die ou Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. Veral die vorm van hooftooisel was hierop ...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
UNIFORM VAN DIE STAATSPRESIDENTSWAG - HERKOMS EN TRADISIE deur Lt kdr E.M. Meyers*

Die vyfde verjaardag van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika het by verskeie instansies die behoefte aan 'n prestige militere eenheid asook die heringebruikneming van tradisionele uniforms laat ontstaan. As uitvl...
RE: School of Artillery by johansamin
Unit Song
One of the greatest achievements of the School of Artillery this year has been the birth of the School of Artillery song. The unit song was composed by Cpln Jordaan and MWO van Zyl and approved by the Officer Commanding Colonel Schoonwinkel. The song was practiced by ...
RE: 81 Light Aircraft Flying School SAAF by GrahamDT
GOALS

The purpose of the school is to train pupil pilots to the degree of commercial pilots with the emphasis on Military Discipline and Procedures. Training is with civilian aircraft hired from civilian companies whilst the ground phase is completed by a civilian flying...
RE: 81 Light Aircraft Flying School SAAF by GrahamDT
CHRONOLOGICAL OUTLINE

In February 1988 the Flying School was opened with Major F.D.R. von Allemann in the position of Officer Commanding. Two National Servicemen were at the school in the capacity of Regimental Instructors, for the drill, physical training and discipline...
RE: 81 Light Aircraft Flying School SAAF by GrahamDT
THE HISTORY OF LIGHT AIRCRAFT FLYING SCHOOL OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE FROM 28 FEBRUARY 1988 TO MARCH 1990

BRIEF SUMMARY REGARDING THE BADGE

Another ultra-rare SAAF unit badge was that of 81 Flying School. This short lived unit was formed ...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: two 24 Sqn Buccaneers on the flight line at Grootfontein getting ready for take off on a H2 Bombing mission, the target being the Quito Bridge....
RE: Don Schoeman by Para-Phernalia
Nasionale diensplig gedoen in 1983 en 1987.
Burgermag by UPE Command tot einde 1986.
In 1987 basiese valskerm kursus gedoen te 1 Valskerm Bataljon. Kursus nommer 1387.
Daarna Burgermag/Reserwemag in 2 Valskerm Bn, Kommandement Aliwal Noord en 3 Valskerm Bn. ...
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...
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RE: Douglas C-47BTP Turbo Dak by host
In the late nineteen eighties a programme was initiated to convert the ageing Douglas Dakotas of the SAAF from radial to turbo-prop engines. The first of these SA conversions made its appearance in August 1991, sporting not only a Pratt & Whitney PT 6A turboprop engine but, amongst others, also new avionics, updated electrical and hydraulic systems, a stabilised FLIR camera and a radome to protect the radar antennae. Some performance enhancing modifications were made to the ailerons, rudder and elevators. The many modifications resulted in extended range, increased cruising speed and greater carrying capacity.

The Turbo Dak conversion has been taken a step further with the upgrading of eight of them for performance of a variety of maritime patrol and surveillance operations. This necessitated the introduction of a vast battery of electronic equipment for the integrated maritime mission system, whilst retaining many of the features introduced in the original Turbo Daks, such as the extended range fuel tanks, FLIR camera, etc.
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RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by host
In the late nineteen eighties a programme was initiated to convert the ageing Douglas Dakotas of the SAAF from radial to turbo-prop engines and incorporating many modifications resulting in extended range, increased cruising speed and greater carrying capacity. The Turbo Dak conversion has been taken a step further with the upgrading of eight of them for performance of a variety of maritime patrol and surveillance operations. One aircraft was specially converted to act as trainer for the Boeing 707 observation plane. This aircraft went on display at the Africa Aerospace & Defence show in 2000.

See the Douglas C-47BTP Turbo Dak for more info....
RE: Dakota by host
South Africa was one of the many countries to benefit from the Lend-Lease Agreement, acquiring a total of eighty four Dakotas in this manner. The first of these aircraft arrived on 21 June 1943. After the war some of the SAAF Dakotas were transferred to SA Airways, but in 1971 those remaining were returned. As transporters they first served in No. 28 Squadron and later also in No. 44 and No. 21 (VIP transport) Squadron. In 1968 No. 25 Squadron was reformed with Dakotas. Some Dakotas were also used as trainers at No. 86 Multi-engine Flying School. Rationalisation of the SAAF in the 1990’s led to many Dak’s being sold, mostly to US customers. Others are being stored pending their disposal. At the turn of the century the only remaining operational Dakotas serve with No. 35 Squadron in their converted maritime role as coastal patrollers.



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For more information on the John Chard Medal and Decoration, see the Military History Journal, Vol 14 No 2 - December 2007: THE JOHN CHARD DECORATION AND MEDAL, 1952-2003, By Johannes J Retief, DWD...
RE: JOHN CHARD DECORATION (JCD) by host
For more information on the John Chard Medal and Decoration, see the Military History Journal, Vol 14 No 2 - December 2007: THE JOHN CHARD DECORATION AND MEDAL, 1952-2003, By Johannes J Retief, DWD...
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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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