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The COMMUNITY Section of the War In Angola website is the place where Registered Users of the site can interact and share their stories and photos by linking to common linkages such as Corps, Medals and Decorations, Years and Units served in, Operations participated in and many other ways.

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3. Total number of Medal/Decoration linkages:2596
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5. Total number of Operations linkages:1533
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Personal Stories from our Premium Members
THE ROAD BETWEEN CHIEDE AND NAMACUNDE
Posted on: 30 April 2018
Operation Savannah - The battle of the casualties of the war
Posted on: 3 August 2017
IN SEARCH FOR A HOME
Posted on: 31 May 2017
"Saturday Night Live"
Posted on: 30 May 2017
BUSH WAR VETERANS!
Posted on: 6 February 2017
The Road to Botswana
Posted on: 13 May 2016
Supper in Sá da Bandeira
Posted on: 5 September 2015
The red cross
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Fighting for the heart and soul of Chiede
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Operation Savannah
Posted on: 23 August 2015
 
Latest Comments
Re: 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
Re: An SADF Conscript Remembers the Early 70s – Part One
hi to all<br />just wandering if any of you served with my dad , Derick Anthony Beard on the Angola border in the 70s .<br />he was in the Kaffrarian rifles unit according to my mom <br />My Dad passed away in 2016 August and would like ...
Posted on: 10 January 2019
1980 camp in katimo
My last 3 month camp in Katimo in 1980 after doing stints all over swa was the best of all. Slept in a bunker next to the river spying on the pont that was crossing over the zambesi river.cathing tigers in the river .<br />Would love to return to th...
Posted on: 16 October 2018
Re: The outbreak for the border war
This is a great information about the history you put in here. thank you go to website...
Posted on: 16 December 2018
 
Top Posts
Soviet Strategy in Southern Africa: Gorbachev's Pragmatic Approach, by Peter Vanneman by host
During the 1980s the assertive foreign policy of the Reagan administration arrested the momentum of Soviet strategy in southern Africa. Product details Paperback: 156 pages Publisher: Hoover...
Batalha Histórica De Quifangondo, by Serguei Kolomnin. by host
The war in Angola. A new book by Sergei Kolomnin. / War in Angola. "Russian Trace at Quifangondo". A new book by Serguei Kolomnin. / Guerra em Angola. "Vestígio russo em Quifangondo". O livro mais re...
RE: War in Angola. "Russian Trace at Quifangondo", by Sergei Kolomnin by host
Now available in Portuguese too: Batalha Histórica De Quifangondo, by Serguei Kolomnin. Read more about the Portuguese version of this book
U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Apartheid South Africa, 1948–1994. Conflict of interests, by Alex Thomson by host
From the Introduction: Africa, during the second half of the twentieth century, was not a priority for U.S. foreign policy. Senior Cold War strategists concentrated their efforts elsewhere. Whereas t...
How Far All The Way. A pocket history of the South African Naval Marines, by Louis Fourie by host
Additional info by Paul J Els: "This is the story of Louis Fourie of his time in the Marines. He was also the OC of Wenela and there are a few good photos in the book. The book can be ordered wit...
UITERS GEHEIM en ander anekdotes - Kobus de Villiers by host
Dit is die sestigs en die wêreld ondergaan groot veranderinge. Die Koue Oorlog, die ruimte wedloop, die Kubaanse misiel krisis, hippies en Woodstock. Motors met stertvinne en Suid-Afrika word ʼn Repub...
Angola The Battle of Kifangondo, 1975, by Miguel Junior by host
The world has witnessed several battles since the dawn of time. Whether ancient or recent, they all contain a wealth of data useful for life in several circumstances. These battles, which had a signi...
Involvement of South African Defense Forces in South East Angola 1966-1974: A Counterinsurgency Study, by Miguel Junior by host
This analysis of the involvement of the South African Defence Force in the counterinsurgency campaign led by the armed forces of Portugal aims to identify the nature of the engagement and to see what...
RE: The attack on 59 Brigade: 14 February 1988 by host
Some feedback from Facebook users made on 14 Feb 2018, on the War in Angola page: From Gerrit Kotze: This morning 31 years ago I saw my first action as part of the Tank Squadron attached to 61 M...
Angolan War of Liberation Colonial. Communist Clash, 1961-1974, by Al J. Venter by host
When a large group of rebels invaded Angola from a recently independent Congo in 1961, it heralded the opening shots in another African war of independence. Between 1961 and 1974, Portugal faced the ...
1 RECCE: Die Nag Behoort Aan Ons, deur Alexander Strachan by host
1-Recce was die skerpste, veelsydigste en dodelikste spesialiseenheid in die ganse Suid-Afrikaanse weermag. Dié manne was superfiks, bomenslik taai en het vir niks gestuit nie. Hulle het telkens hul ...
1 RECCE: The Night Belongs to Us, by Alexander Strachan by host
1-Recce was the sharpest, most versatile and deadliest specialist unit in the entire South African army. These men were super fit, unbelievably tough and stopped at nothing. Time and again they put t...
Angola: the hidden history of Washington's war, by Ernest Harsch & Tony Thomas by host
Angola: The Hidden History of Washington's War Hardcover – June 30, 1976 by Ernest Harsch (Author), Tony Thomas (Author), Malik Miah (Editor) As Angola was winning its long struggle for...
The Origins of the Angolan Civil War: Foreign Intervention and Domestic Political Conflict, 1961-76, by Fernando Andresen Guimaraes by host
An investigation of the origins of the Angolan civil war of 1975-76. By looking at the interaction between internal and external factors, it reveals the domestic roots of the conflict and the impact ...
Slag van Brug 14 (1976), SABC Documentary by host
On 29 April 1976, SABC-TV (the state television service) screened a 'documentary' recreation of the 'Battle of Bridge 14'. Gordon Winter, a defector from the Bureau of State Security, claimed the fil...
History by YuriyPushkarev
Here is a translation of some materials about contacts which J. Savimbi and H. Roberto had with China.
SWAPO Captive, by ANGULA, OIVA by host
A young Namibian goes into exile to join SWAPO’s military wing, PLAN, in the late 1970s. After dedicating his life to the movement, a series of purges within the organisation lead to him being wrongf...
An academic tactical study of the battles of 9 and 11 November by host
From Leopold Scholtz: I have just published an academic tactical study of the battles of 9 and 11 November in Litnet Akademies: See https://www.litnet.co.za/die-slag-van-die-chambinga-9-en-...
Academic tactical study of the battle by host
From Leopold Scholtz: I have just published an academic tactical study of the battles of 9 and 11 November in Litnet Akademies: See https://www.litnet.co.za/die-slag-van-die-chambinga-9-en-...
RE: Last attacks of Moduler: 25-26 November 1987 by RolandDV
• No Angolan or Cuban armed formation ever crossed over into northern South West Africa (Namibia) to take on the South Africans. • Take note! The South Africans willingly left Angola and South West...
RE: Last attacks of Moduler: 25-26 November 1987 by RolandDV
I think of those offerings today with endearment instead of malicious intent for what had been achieved in the end, as these battles were the triggers for peace-making came August-December 1988. ...
RE: Last attacks of Moduler: 25-26 November 1987 by RolandDV
This significant episode of the South African Border War was intertwined with the Angolan Civil War and unfolded somewhere between heaven and hell at the far end of the earth. The ground became satur...
RE: Last attacks of Moduler: 25-26 November 1987 by RolandDV
Sitrep … 4 South African Infantry Battalion Group (4 SAI) … mechanised … a gathering of stalwarts in remembering their fallen and sharing a few battle anecdotes from times of yore … Assembly Are...
Why did the SADF not use tanks before 1987? by host
I had been asked why we never used tanks before 1987, even though we had them available on the SWA border since 1975... I had the following responses on a Facebook group called "SWA / Angolan Border ...
Mirage Eskader (Afrikaans, DVD), by Bertrand Retief by host
Lt. Gerhard Muller is the son of a pilot who was killed while flying with the South African Air Force in Korea. At the time his best friend and fellow pilot, Chris Fourie, was the only one to return ...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
Lt Col Manuel Rojas and Capt Ramon Quesada Aguilar were captured by UNITA after their MiG-21UM had been shot down by Unita AA fire in Luvuey on 28 October 1987.
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
SEVEN British mercenaries that have also been released are mentioned in this article dated FEB. 28, 1984, that I found in the UPI Archives: "LONDON -- Seven British mercenaries, released une...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
Interesting thing I stumbled upon during my research into what happened to the Russians killed and captured during Operation Protea:: Ensign (Warrant Officer) Nikolai F, Pestretzoff was released as...
The Fourth Dimension – the untold story of military health in South Africa, by Col Ricky Naidoo (Editor-in-Chief) by host
The Fourth Dimension – the untold story of military health in South Africa is a magisterial study of the subject just published by the South African Military Health Service. A weighty tome of just le...
RE: A Greater Share Of Honour: The Memoirs Of A Recce Officer, by Jack Greef by 24B
I have recently read this book and is well worth it. What strikes me about the author is the humility of the man as well as the obvious great ability to think, plan and carry out dangerous patrols an...
RE: Parabat the documentary, from Efpe Senekal by host
Parabat the documentary from Efpe Senekal on Vimeo .
Parabat the documentary, from Efpe Senekal by host
"Parabat" the documentary is a 3 part series The Parabats were elite airborne soldiers in the South African Defence Force. During the SWA/Namibian border war, the Bats took part in several cross bord...
LIVE TO FLY ANOTHER DAY - My Flying Experience in the South African Air Force, by Johan Nieuwoudt. by host
Limited Edition, A4 format in both soft and hardcover. In the retail only available from The Aviation Shop and as from today at The Aviation Shop stall in Hangar 2 at AAD 2018. Source: Karel Za...
Zulu Foxtrot Reloaded: More Life and Death with Koevoet, by Arn Durand by host
The terrorist was caught between our two Casspirs. Mandume, kolomesho, kolomesho, fok links, verby hulle,’ (left, left, fuck left drive past) I shouted down to Mandume and Mandume swung our Casspir t...
RE: We Dare: History of 2 Reconnaissance Regiment South African Special Forces, by Col Stanley Felix Botten by host
From Steven Reeder Good morning, Guys. Happy Spring, and all that! The freshly printed copies will be here soon! So the day has arrived for your orders. We Dare - the newly released book ...
The SAAF at war 1940-1984 - Bouwer & Louw by host
The SAAF At War 1940-1984 by JS Bouwer & MN Louw. First edition (becoming rapidly more scarce) published in 1989. Large format hardcover with dust jacket, 220 pages with index. Profusely illustrated ...
The Gender Politics of the Namibian Liberation Struggle, by Martha Akawa by host
‘One Namibia, One Nation!’ This slogan, one of the many chants of the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO of Namibia) during the liberation struggle, called on the whole nation to come to...
Batalha Histórica De Quifangondo, by Sergei Kolomnin by host
Sergei Kolomnin "Historical Battle of Quifangondo" Editorial "Ethnica", 2018, 128 pages + Photo Gallery. ISBN 7-341-31817-9 A new book by journalist and military historian, Vice-President of Ang...
Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag by host
64-bladsy kleur brosjure uitgegee dur die Suid Afrikaanse Weermag met 'n voorwoord deur Generaal Geldenhuys. 64-Page colour brochure published by the South African Defence Force with a preface b...
RE: Die Suid-Afrikaanse KRYGSMAG, deur Helmoed-Romer Heitman by host
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Die Suid-Afrikaanse KRYGSMAG, deur Helmoed-Römer Heitman by host
Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygsmag, Deur Helmoed-Römer Heitman, Uitgegee deur CNA 1985, eerste uitgawe, groot format, harde band met stofomslag, met fotos, 192 bls. Source: www.bidorbuy.co.za
Steeds Kampioene Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag 1912 - 1987, deur Helmoed-Römer Heitman & W.A. Dorning by host
Steeds Kampioene Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag 1912 - 1987 (English & Afrikaans) deur Helmoed-Römer Heitman & W.A. Dorning. 75 years in the field, a concise history of the SA Defence Force, 1912 - 1987. ...
WAR OF INTERVENTION IN ANGOLA. VOLUME 1: ANGOLAN AND CUBAN FORCES AT WAR, 1975-1976, by host
As of 1975, the decades long insurgency in Angola appeared to be short of its conclusion. However, with no less than three major insurgent movements fighting for supremacy, the war went on and then S...
Fapla. Baluarte da paz em Angola (1992) by host
A very interesting book on FAPLA of Angola. The book recounts the major transformations of the Angolan armed forces since the beginning of the national liberation armed struggle up til after independ...
RE: ILLUSION OF VICTORY by RolandDV
...continued... Remember well, former soldiers of the SADF, who had done your duty so convincingly and fought so well during the South African Border War. Let us view things in context: • The or...
RE: ILLUSION OF VICTORY by RolandDV
... continued... I truly believe that the Cuban lie, about what really happened between the Lomba River and Cuito River is starting to falter! I saw it in the eyes of journalists and smiling...
ILLUSION OF VICTORY by RolandDV
ILLUSION OF VICTORY By Roland de Vries About winning or losing at Cuito Cuanavale in 1987-1988 and about war and peace…. or was it a win-win for all the belligerents, who were involved in thi...
We Dare: History of 2 Reconnaissance Regiment South African Special Forces, by Col Stanley Felix Botten by host
"We Dare" is the Motto of the South African Special Forces formed in 1974 and closed in 1992. This is the History of 2 Reconnaissance Regiment and the men who served. Source: www.amazon.com
Die geskiedenis van: Hartbeesfontein Kommando 1954 - 2002, deur C.Breedt en J.H. Viljoen by host
Bibliographic information: Title Die geskiedenis van: Hartbeesfontein Kommando, 1954-2002 Title in English: The History of: Hartbeesfontein Commando, 1954-2002 Authors Carel Breedt, J. H....
RE: THE HOBBY HORSEMEN. OPERATION SAVANNAH. The Clandestine War January - April 1976, by Roy L. Jackson by host
We are now into the second impression of the Hobby Horsemen. Kind regards, As always, Under the crossed flags. Roy Jackson.
 
User Posts
RE: Andrew Patersons Personal Photo Collection by vivaongiva
I remember this fateful day very well, as I was the OC Alpha Tower, Oshikango (Santa Clara), on the cutline during the JMC ceasefire at the time. That day (or was it the next?) I met with my FAPLA counterpart, Subtenente Lucas Paulo (sunglasses, front right), for our daily SitRep through an interpre...
RE: Ralph Pollacks Personal Photo Collection by RPollack
Feb '88 Intake...
Comment by gavin.nell@globaldf.co.nz
Where was this and what year?...
Comment by gavin.nell@globaldf.co.nz
16 Maint Unit was Oshakati ? Correct?...
RE: Operation Firewood B by deon.avanzyl@gmail.com
... Continued...

On the SWAPO side, the casualties were said to be very high, with at least 150 PLAN soldiers killed (however, again there is controversy here as a source within PLAN command maintains that this figure posted on Wikipedia is inflated somewhat, however an actual figure f...
RE: Operation Firewood B by deon.avanzyl@gmail.com
A failed SADF Operation; Ops Firewood – truths & myths!

In any military campaign there are always setbacks, and Ops Firewood qualifies one of the very few real setbacks that the SADF experienced during the Border War. To view it as a resounding victory of PLAN (S...
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Equipment, Medals and Operations Posts
RE: G-6 Self-Propelled 155 mm Gun-Howitzer by host
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RE: Operation Milliard by host
Operation Milliard was intended to
    1. To coordinate complete collaboration between the Security Forces and the Second-level Authorities, as well as between the Security forces and the local population, against SWAPO PLAN;
    2. To secure Security Forces and State Infrastructure against terrorist actiions.
All forces that formed part of Operation Milliard would also be avauilable to provide support of Operation Prone- and Operation Linger-forces. Operation Linger was limited to the Operational Area, while Operation Milliard covered the rest of SWA. Each one of these operations would influnce the other operations directly....
RE: Operation Placable by host
Operation Placable included planning allowing for:
    1. The SA Army to launch raids from SWA base areas on targets inside southern Angola close to the border which would directly influence the enemy offensive;
    2. The SA Army to launch raids in collaboration with other Combat Services, on other targets in southern Angola that would influence the enemy offensive, but not necessarily directly;
    3. The SA Air Force to launch air-strikes on FAPLA installations which would directly influence the enemy offensive;
    4.The SA Air Force to launch strikes on selected targets in support of raids in order to obtain specific results, for exmple, actions taken in revenge;
    5. The SA Navy to attack and destroy or temporarily put out of action, specific targets and installations in the harbours of Namibe and Lobito;
    6. The SA Navy to join raids launched against specific targets in collaboration with the other Combat Services and Special forces;
    7. The SA Medical Service to provide support to the other Combat Services and Special Forces as part of their planning;
    8. The Special, Forces to sabotage specific infrastructure targets;
    9. The Special Forces to launch attaclks on specific targets with or without collaborating with UNITA;
    10. Chief of Staff Intelligence (CSI) personnel to plan attacks by UNITA on specific targets, with or without SADF-support, as soon as the enemy launched their offensive.
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RE: Operation Linger by host
The operation was intended to
    1. Keep the Kavango and Caprivi free of any PLAN terrorist activities;
    2. To locate and destroy PLAN terrorists in Kaokoland and Ovamboland as well as their logistics;
    3. To coordinate complete collaboration between the Security Forces and the Second-level Authorities, as well as between the Security forces and the local population, against SWAPO PLAN;
    4. To secure Security Forces and State Infrastructure against terrorist actiions.
All forces that formed part of Operation Linger would also be available to provide support to Operation Prone- and Operation Milliard-forces. Operation Linger was limited to the Operational Area, while Operation Milliard covered the rest of SWA. Each one of these operations would influence the other operations directly. The word LINGER was classified as RESTRICTED, while the operation itself was SECRET....
RE: M-5 120 mm Mortar by host
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RE: GSP Ferry by host
Technical data
Crew: 3 (per half-ferry)
Weight: 17 t (per half-ferry)
Loading capacity: 52 t
Draft: 1.20 m
Drive: 8D6 diesel engine, 200 hp
Maximum speed: 45 km / h land, 7.7 km / h water laden, 10.8 km / h unladen
Range: 500 km of land, 10 hours of water
Length: 12,63 m
Width: 3.54 m (driving condition)...
RE: GSP Ferry by host
Use
The ferries were used by Egypt in the Yom Kippur War to cross the Suez Canal in October 1973.

Source: Wikipedia

A GSP Ferry was also used during the battles around Cuito Cuanavale in SE Angola during 1987/88 when the Angolan/Cuban army was hard pressed by the South African Defence Force and prevented to use the bridge across the Cuito River to resupply their remaining brigades which were dug in on the eastern side of the river. At least two GSP Ferries were destroyed by accurate South African G-5 155 gun/howitzer fire from as far as 40km away....
RE: GSP Ferry by host
Tactics
The application profile provides it, heavy combat units on standing or running water at a bridgehead ferry, while in the meantime, a pontoon bridge is built and parallel floating tanks and buoyant self-propelled artillery and infantry on amphibian armored personnel carriers and armored personnel carriers.

The half-ferries run parallel to the water obstacle and water. During watering the flow drive is switched on and the chain drive is switched off. The Ferry Commander commands the docking maneuver - both semi-ferries turn upstream and approach each other until they are rigidly coupled with the two locking bolts. Then the pontoons are folded out by 180 ° in the floating position. The process takes about 5 minutes. Then the ferry drives to the shore, folds out the ramps and can take the first combat vehicle.

The half-ferries are unarmed, but charged combat vehicles can use their weapons during the translation process.

Source: Wikipedia...
RE: GSP Ferry by host
Construction
The system consists of two (left and right part) of each other independent landmobilen half-ferries. When driving, the hinged pontoon is folded onto the vehicle. Each half-ferry has folding loading ramps , so loading and unloading from both sides is possible.

As a caterpillar , the half-ferries have excellent off-road capability. The track roller drive is similar to that of the floating tank PT-76 and consists of 7 rollers. The guide wheels are located at the bow, the drive wheels at the rear of the vehicle.

The shell of the pontoons is made of welded steel and is foamed. The foam should prevent sinking after damage to the shell. Newer versions have a whirlpool board. When traveling by water, the half-ferries are powered by two propellers each. The GSP can be used up to flow velocities of 2 m/s. The loading and unloading process can take place on embankments up to half a meter in height.

The maximum load capacity is 52 t . This can be used to translate all Soviet / Russian battle tanks.

Source: Wikipedia

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RE: GSP Ferry by host
The GSP-55 ( Russian Гусеничный самоходный паром , transcription : Gussenitschny samochodny parom , translated: self-propelled ferry with crawler ) is a Soviet amphibious ferry for translating heavy military vehicles. The ferry was introduced in 1959 in the armed forces of the Warsaw Pact and other states.

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RE: Operation Firewood B by deon.avanzyl@gmail.com
... Continued...

On the SWAPO side, the casualties were said to be very high, with at least 150 PLAN soldiers killed (however, again there is controversy here as a source within PLAN command maintains that this figure posted on Wikipedia is inflated somewhat, however an actual figure from PLAN is still not forthcoming).

All the SADF dead and wounded were casevaced to AFB Ondangwa during the night of October 31/1 Nov 1987. The last Puma helicopter departed at about 03h30 the following morning and ferried the remaining dead and lightly wounded. The 101 Battalion casualties were taken directly to their Unit and not to AFB Ondangwa.

The featured image is a SADF Buffel Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) captured by SWAPO/PLAN combatants during Ops Firewood. To put this ‘capture’ into perspective only four Buffel APC’s were captured fully intact in different battles during the entire period of the Border War. Before we stand up and claim a great military prize, lets take perspective, the Buffel was a personnel carrier, nothing more, there were over a thousand of them deployed during the entire period of the war.

The picture was taken between September 1987 and March 1988 by Col K.A. Satenov, the Soviet military advisor to the 1st and 20th PLAN Brigade commanders (seen in the picture on the left). The Buffel APC captured belonged to 2 Reconnaissance, it was lost fully intact in that battle, three 101 Battalion Casspirs were also lost.

In the aftermath, Honoris Crux (South Africa’s highest bravery decoration) decorations were awarded to five 101 Battalion members for gallantry in action.

So, was it a demonstration of superior PLAN fighting prowess over that of the SADF? Judging by the death toll to PLAN versus that of the SADF/SWATF the simple answer is – no. Was it a PLAN victory, the answer is yes (by many accounts one of only a handful). Was it a ‘tactical’ defeat for the SADF in not meeting its objective? The answer is – ‘yes’. Did it affect the overall military dominance of the SADF on the South West African (Namibian) Border and change any thinking or modus operandi behind the large scale (and small scale) operations into Angola? The answer is ‘no’ – not really, learnings were however taken on over-confidence in using special and elite forces for full front armour assaults, a role not specific to their brand of battle order. Was it a ‘great decisive battle’ on African soil? The answer is ‘no’. It was part of a broader campaign, to the SADF commanders it qualified a tactical set-back, nothing more – part and parcel of waging war.

As such the SADF sought no reason to highlight it as a ‘devastating loss’, it remains relatively unknown to many ex-SADF personnel (especially those not involved in Operations into Angola and those not in elite forces circles) as it would have affected morale, and for the wrong reasons entirely.

It is however remembered by veterans of the SADF special forces and elite forces, so too the PLAN combatants, and if you asked either of them for the ‘truth’ of the battle, they would both agree that the real ‘truth’ is to be found in their dead, for only they who have seen the end of war.
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RE: Operation Firewood B by deon.avanzyl@gmail.com
A failed SADF Operation; Ops Firewood – truths & myths!

In any military campaign there are always setbacks, and Ops Firewood qualifies one of the very few real setbacks that the SADF experienced during the Border War. To view it as a resounding victory of PLAN (SWAPO) over the SADF would however be an overstatement.

Currently in Namibia and South Africa there are overqualified claims that this operation points to PLAN superiority over the SADF, but that would also be a myth, these claims coming mainly from modern Namibians being fed a long stream of political propaganda.

However, to face up to a ‘truth’, Ops Firewood was a tactical ‘loss’ for the SADF, it was not widely circulated, and thus relatively unknown to many SADF servicemen (now veterans). So let’s look at it and face the truths and debunk the myths.

On the 31 Oct 1987, a 101 Battalion Battle Group, supported by members of 5 Reconnaissance Regiment together with D Company, 1 Parachute Battalion, 2 Reconnaissance Regiment and other SADF support elements, attacked SWAPO/PLAN positions at Nindango in Southern Angola, They used Infantry Fighting Vehicles and Armoured Personnel Carriers (Ratels, Casspirs and Buffels).

The Operation was known as Ops Firewood. The key objective was to destroy the Northern Front PLAN Head Quarter (HQ) base.

This PLAN base was set in a densely wooded area, and was attacked from the west by the Reconnaissance Regiment (recce) and Paratroopers (parabats) of the SADF (South African Forces), while 101 Battalion of the SWATF (South West African Forces) covered the base from north, east and south, the direction PLAN forces were expected to flee.

From the on-set of the Operation it became clear from the start that SWAPO/PLAN had been expecting such an attack as they were in well prepared defensive positions and supported by a Cuban Tank and Artillery element with a FAPLA Motorised Infantry Unit in support.

During the extremely heavy fighting that continued throughout the day, about 7 hours in total, a 101 Battalion Casspir was knocked out by a RPG-7 anti-tank rocket and burnt out. The Battle Group suffered 15 casualties with approximately 67 wounded before contact was finally broken off at nightfall.

The base was not successfully taken by the SADF forces, who withdrew when PLAN reinforcements were understood to be on their way.

The South African forces are said to have incurred 12 killed and 47 wounded (while other sources say it was as high as 19 killed and 64 wounded, but this is yet to be substantiated).

... to be continued......
RE: Mirage F-1AZ by GrahamDT
1 Squadron Mirage F1AZ taxies out at AFB Grootfontein to carry out an air strike on Enemy positions in Southern Angola during Ops Modular in 1987. The aircraft is carrying 4 x 250kg Mk 82 Low Drag Pre-Fragmentation Bombs on the belly, two long range fuel tanks and an ACS-1 Airborne ACS Pod (Active Countermeasures Systems) deception jammer can be seen on the Port Wing Outer Station. The ACS Jammer covered many frequencies ranging from 2 to 18GHz to deceive Soviet tracking radars that locked on to the aircraft by sending replicated signals back to the enemy radar. The ACS-1 deception jammer was specifically modified to effectively jam the Soviet SA-8 Gecko Surface-to-Air Missile System....
Comment by host
Introduced in 1973, the Tellurometer MRA5 was built to a British Army specification and the Quality Control was especially demanding. MOD inspectors visited throughout the design and qualification programmes and the whole company upgraded its quality system to the DEF Stan 05-21 requirements, a relatively new requirement at the time.
The readout was digital and the antenna could be connected either to the front of the control unit, or on top of the control unit or, using a long cable, to an adaptor at the top of a mast up to 25m from the control unit. ...
Comment by host
In a remarkably short time Wadley, as he was often known, had drawn up a design, put together the necessary components and was making distance measurements. It is on record that the first “routine” measurement was made in the field between two beacons some 50km apart to the North of Johannesburg on 14th June, 1955. The result was expressed in English Feet! Two slightly different equipments were involved; one was called the Master and one was the Remote. ...
Comment by host
In 1954 Colonel H. A. Baumann, Director of the South African Department of Trigonometrical Survey, was familiar with the performance of Radar and of the Shoran and Hiran systems but was looking for a system with an accuracy of better than 1 in 100,000 at distances of up to 30 miles and none of the existing systems could provide this. His required system needed to be easily man-portable, work on line of sight and have a resolution of a few inches. This requirement was brought to the attention of Frank Hewitt in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Johannesburg. The CSIR had plenty of other projects on hand and it was well into 1955 before there was an opportunity to give this project to anyone to look at. The person chosen was Trevor Wadley....
Comment by host
Before the Tellurometer or the Geodimeter were invented, surveyors had for decades or even centuries used bars, rods, chains and steel tapes for measuring distances, and compasses and angle measuring devices for determining directions. Triangulation was used for extending from base lines. In the 20th century radar was added to these devices for both distances and directions, and these led to Shoran and Hiran, both of which were used for long-range surveying but were not sufficiently accurate for normal land surveying. The Tellurometer introduced trilateration for extending control at an acceptable accuracy. This new form of instrumentation also established a new industry in Microwave instrumentation, later followed by infra-red measurement equipment....
RE: Alouette III by GrahamDT
Alouette III Helicopter Gunships on their way to support Koevoet Combat Teams in a contact in Northern Owamboland. The Anti-Strela modifications to neutralise Soviet SAM-7 Grail and other shoulder-launched Heat Seeking Surface-to-Air Missiles can be clearly seen in this photograph. The engine exhaust gases were funnelled into the helicopter rotor blades that dispersed the hot exhaust gasses quickly and thus lowered and dispersed the engine heat signature. These modifications worked extremely well without effecting the helicopter performance....
RE: B-10 82 mm Anti-Tank Gun by GrahamDT
82mm BK-881 Recoilless Anti-Tank Rocket used by the B-10....
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