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Operation Reindeer, 1978

Operation ReindeerThe South African operation consisted of an assault by 2 South African Infantry Battalion on two South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) base complexes, Chetequera and Dombondola, near to the then-South-West Africa/Angola border; an assault by the elite 32 Battalion on SWAPO's Omepepa-Namuidi-Henhombe base complex around 20 km east of Chetequera; and finally, the attack the operation is most known for — a controversial airborne assault by paratroopers on Cassinga, a refugee camp and SWAPO's regional headquarters, 260 km inside Angola. The operation ended on 10 May 1978.

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Operation Roll of Honour (A Work In Progress - please send more details)
YearForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitService
197871384234BTBackhouse E.J., Rfn1978/05/043 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
197874411950BGBridgeman T.M., Cpl1978/05/0461 Mechanised Battalion Group; 2 South African Infantry Battalion Group; 2 Special Service BattalionSouth African Army
197870510813BT De Waal J.C. , Rfn 1978/05/042 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
197865383390BTHuman A.P., Rfn1978/05/043 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
197868546134BTKaplan M., Rfn1978/05/042 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
197874560475BG Truebody H.C. , Cpl 1978/05/042 Special Service Battalion; 61 Mechanised Battalion GroupSouth African Army
197876901636SPKaquarta B.., Rfn1978/05/0632 BattalionSouth African Army
197874540378PETheron C.J., Sgt1978/06/0632 BattalionSouth African Army

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