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Operation Kropduif, 1977

Operation KropduifSix months earlier, during Operation Bucksaw, it had been determined that there was a major SWAPO base some six kilometres north-west of Chana Golf. Aerial reconnaissance photographs of the base had been taken, and documents captured at Tofima during Seiljag 3 referred to a SWAPO regimental headquarters at Ohaipete, or Eheke. Interrogation of prisoners had confirmed that this was the main SWAPO base, which was given the SADF code-name Target 21.

Operation Kropduif (pouter pigeon) would take place in two phases, with attacks on Chana Tofima and Chana Nutalala before 24 October, to be followed by a combined 32 Battalion and Special Forces assault on Eheke. On 21 October, 12 rifle platoons and an 81-mm mortar group were transported from Omauni to Chana Nunda, between beacons 27 and 28. A tactical headquarters was set up at Elundu under command of Commandant Gert Nel, OC 32 Battalion, and Commandant J Kriel of the SAAF, who would be in charge of the helicopters used during the operation.

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Battle of Eheke
 
 
Roll of Honour for this Operation: (A Work in Progress)
YearForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitService
197776908417SP Victor J. , Rfn 1977/10/2732 BattalionSouth African Army
197768277771BGBadenhorst A., Cpl1977/10/281 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
197764024110BTClack N.G., Sgt1977/10/282 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
197767291112PEKruger M.L., Sgt1977/10/281 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
197765666281PEMarx W.C., Sgt1977/10/281 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
197776908722SPMwonambungu B.A., Sgt1977/10/2832 BattalionSouth African Army
197705453576PEVan Zyl F.C., WO11977/10/281 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
197772321920PRWalker G.W.J., Cpl1977/10/281 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
197764020357BTGreyling L.C., Lt1977/11/042 Reconnaissance Commando; 5 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
 
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