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Year of DeathForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitServiceViews
198074391806PE Du Toit J.J. (HC) , Lt 1980/06/1061 Mechanised Battalion GroupSouth African Army 1882
During Operation Sceptic, Lieutenant Hannes du Toit, who was in Ratel 2O, saw his own vehicle, Ratel 2OA, standing with front axle problems at some stage while they moved past. The location of the stranded Ratel 2OA was within the objective and there were still terrorists in the immediate vicinity. He moved further in order to join Captain Louis Harmse. In the process, his vehicle lost the tracks and eventually landed right in the middle of a terrorist position. Ratel 2O had to fight enemy in extremely close proximity and had to make a U-turn during the fight in order to move back in its own tracks. During the fight, all the turret weapons malfunctioned and only the anti-aircraft Browning could fire. At this stage Lieutenant du Toit was manning the Browning himself when he was hit in the upper body by a small calibre bullet. He continued to fight for a short while, but then collapsed into the hatch. After the vehicle was out of danger, buddy-aid was applied to him. After this the vehicle went back on its own tracks to reach the setup point and eventually the echelon. Lieutenant Hannes du Toit died about an hour later. He must have had a premonition about his fate as he was said to have bidden farewell to everyone before the fight. Commandant Dippenaar remembered having had to chase him of the radio net after he used the radio on the route from Omuthiya to direct someone to take off and store his washing.
 
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