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Timeline and Daily Headlines

I have tried to compile a database of daily events that were significant to the War In Angola so that they could be viewed on a daily and chronological basis. This is still very much a Work in Progress which already contains thousands of entries, but it still has a long way to go before being all-comprehensive.

As far as I can I will link entries to relevant sections or pages on the War In Angola portal for those users that would like to read a little bit more. Again, your participation and contribution to the information contained herein are invaluable and much appreciated.

I regret that I could only open up the Daily Headlines to Public (non-registered) and Registered users. Only Registered users with Credits and PREMIUM MEMBERS are able to access the functionality to view the events by selected year and month...

For more information about PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP, click here...

 

 
DAILY HEADLINES

23-Apr 1979 :
A rifleman, part of a group from the Recce wing of 32 Battalion, were tasked to do a Recce patrol close to Chana 'Enhombe' (about 15 to 20 Kim's north of the cutline) to determine the extent of SWAPO activity in the area and, if possible, locate SWAPO bases in order that the 32 Battalion companies could launch attacks on these bases. They had commenced their recce on the late afternoon of 22 April 1979. Just after sunrise on 23 April, the group was engaged by a much larger SWAPO force. In the ensuing firefight the rifleman was wounded by small arms fire but was still able to move around. Unfortunately however, upon the group's withdrawal, he was hit in the chest, at point blank range by an RPG7. Due to the intense enemy fire his fellow recce members were not able to recover his body. His body was never recovered.


23-Apr 1984 :
A rifleman from 202 Battalion (SWATF) was killed in action during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents in northern Owamboland.


23-Apr 1988 :
A sapper from 13 Field Engineer Regiment was killed in action when he accidentally detonated a R2M2 anti-personnel mine while in the process of laying out a minefield during Operation Packer. He was carrying a small quantity of mines on his person at the time of the incident and these mines also detonated in the initial explosion, killing him instantly.


23-Apr 1988 :
A corporal, lance-corporal and a rifleman from 102 Battalion (SWATF) were killed in action in southern Angola, south west of Techipa when their Romeo Mike teams were ambushed by a superior force of SWAPO/PLAN and FAPLA troops. The bodies of the three could not be recovered as the teams were forced to withdraw when Cuban reinforcements arrived on the scene. The Romeo Mike teams moved southwards, followed by the Cuban force and were only able to evacuate the wounded team members at 01h00 the following morning. On 1 May 1988, another operation was launched into the initial contact area in an effort to recover the bodies of the three casualties and as expected, contact was again made with the enemy force. In the fierce fire fight that followed, 22 enemy troops including the Cuban commander were killed and a large quantity of weapons and equipment were captured before the enemy force withdrew. The three bodies were successfully recovered.


23-Apr 1992 :
An S-316 Alouette III (623), presumably allocated to 17 Squadron crashed in the Vereeniging area.


23-Apr 1993 :
An Impala Mk 1 (535), presumably allocated to 8 Squadron, crashed in the Botsabelo area.

 
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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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