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Operation Firewood, 1987

 

 

Operation Firewood

 

BACKGROUND

 

Operation Firewood was a military operation in Angola, executed by the South African Defence Force (SADF) on 31 October 1987 during the Angolan Civil War and South African Border War.

 

The aim of the operation was to locate and destroy the forward headquarters of the Northern Front of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), located near a small place called Indungo, about 50 km northeast of the town of Techamutete, just west of the road about 35 km past Cassinga on the way to Capelongo (previously known as Artur de Paiva). The operation would place on 31 October 1987 and would comprise of a single surprise attack involving elements from elite SADF units such a 2 Reconnaissance Regiment, 5 Reconnaissance Regiment, 1 Parachute Battalion and 101 Battalion of the South West African Territory Force (SWATF).

 

 

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Roll of Honour for this operation:
YearForce NumberName and RankDate of DeathUnitService
1987. Abraham W. , Rfn 1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
198783587345BG Botes D. , 2 Lt 1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
198783561928BG Cobbolt D.C. , 2 Lt 1987/10/315 Reconnaissance RegimentSouth African Army
198782513110BG De Rose H.N. , Rfn 1987/10/311 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
1987. Epafu P. , Rfn 1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
198782437369BG Ewels W.V. , Rfn 1987/10/311 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
198781033292BG Light R.M. , L/Cpl 1987/10/311 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
198783219139BG Olivier N.S. , Cpl 1987/10/311 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
1987.Petrus V., Rfn1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
198776330893PE Rademeyer A.H.du B. , Capt 1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
1987 Sheepo T. , Rfn 1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
198784533793BG Steyn E.A. , Spr 1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
1987 Uushona M., Rfn1987/10/31101 BattalionSouth West African Territory Force
198783247502BG Van Rooyen D.W. , Rfn 1987/10/311 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army
198783271031BGSchuurman J.M., Rfn1987/11/011 Parachute BattalionSouth African Army

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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