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Operation Handsak, 1981-1982

Operation HandsakFrom 12 October 1981 to 30 May 1982, a series of operations took place under the umbrella of Handsak (handbag), with companies being deployed for five weeks at a stretch. The first deployment covered the area east of Cahama as far north as Techipa and Peu Peu, but no major bases or large concentrations of SWAPO were located, only occasional groups of three to five men. By mid-October, intelligence sources reported a large SWAPO base for 300 men west of the bridge and south of the river at Cahama. The town was occupied by a strong combined force of FAPLA, Russians and Cubans, and it had become impossible to conduct aerial reconnaissance because of the anti-aircraft guns.

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Roll of Honour for this operation:
YearForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitService
198181512121SPSamba A., Pte1981/10/1632 BattalionSouth African Army
198178913845SPMartins J., Cpl1981/11/2732 BattalionSouth African Army
198176902311SPChameia F., Rfn1981/12/1432 BattalionSouth African Army
198181533572SPDala F., Rfn1981/12/2532 BattalionSouth African Army
198278471182BGFourie H., Tpr1982/01/201 Special Service Battalion, attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion GroupSouth African Army
198279241576BGKruger O.P., L/Cpl1982/01/201 Special Service Battalion; attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion GroupSouth African Army
198279308268BGKruger P., L/Cpl1982/01/201 Special Service Battalion; attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion GroupSouth African Army
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