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17391
Posted by

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on 6 March
 

RE: Real reason for Ochoa's execution

What could break a victorious general's spirit so much?
"[Ochoa] Mr President, before remarking on the accusations against me, I feel it is my basic duty, because it has been my main concern during the past few days.... [changes thought] I have read everything in the press, seen the reports on television, and heard the reports on radio. I heard the minister's speech [speech by FAR Minister Raul Castro at 0053 GMT on 15 June]. I've listened to the opinions of the workers repudiating ail this and I would like to add that I agree with what they think. I would never in my life in any way try to justify an act such as this.
My main concern in this has not been for me but for the Revolution. Why? Because the Revolution, throughout history has had a very clear, crystal clear policy in reference to everything related to drug trafficking. While the PCC was stating that it had nothing to do with this, we were involved in these activities. This without a doubt could cause or has caused the enemy to have great doubts on the veracity of what the Revolution was saying, specifically the commander in chief who has always had a very clear policy on all this.
I want to confirm in front of this tribunal—although I think you know this—that neither the commander in chief nor the minister, the party, the government, nor anyone in the Armed Forces ever had anything to do with this. All of this was my doing and I want to assume this responsibility before all of you. I think that one of the most serious responsibilities I have is the national and international notoriety this has received. I would like to state this before everyone. I repeat, nothing hurts me more personally than the indignation of the people; nothing can be worse than that..
I am the one responsible for this materially as well as morally. Those who followed me in this are not responsible; I am fully responsible.
I do not want to clarify my motives here, explain what motivated me. I think that is unimportant.
I am particularly aware of the hornet's nest I have thrown here among this body of generals and I have reflected on their indignation. I have thought: Treason is treason, no matter what shape it takes."

See the "JPRS Report: Cuban Government Proceedings Against Arnaldo Ochoa Sanchez and Other Officials June-July 1989" at http://www.warinangola.com:8088/default.aspx?&view=topic&tabid=590&forumid=84&postid=17390
7626
Posted by

Host Account

on 14 October
 

RE: Nice Site!

Thanks for the info, SAM. The recces were deployed with a captured Soviet SA-9 system. Read more about it in the article by Sergei Kolomnin: The memory of Soviet military pilots killed in Angola, it is dedicated to the material - Stings "Cerberus" (OPERATION CERBERUS) at http://www.warinangola.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1615

Also see Operation Catamaran 2, at http://www.warinangola.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1617

Regards
Johan
7625
Posted by

Craig Nevin

on 14 October
 

RE: Nice Site!

There were plausible rumors that the An12 was shot down by a small SAAF/recce intruder detachment using captured Soviet equipment. The cactus was used more strategetically for key-point defence, and is hence an unlikely candidate.
3720
Posted by

Mark Goller

on 13 September
 

RE: Bridge 14

We had just moved in to the first town Pera de Echa, we were still stationed at the border town Rucanna. we surrounded the town and the firing started, we all jumped off our vehicles and took cover while you could hear bullets flying in all directions past us . It was a while later that we realised that we were taking cover from the wrong direction of fire,the attack was a real eye opener what was to follow later on in Angola bridge 14. There was a lot of killing. One chap near me was shot in the chest, lucky for him the bullet lodged into a bible he was carrying in his pocket. One of our chaps ran out of ammo and ran up towards the enemy and through a hand grenade and turned to run back , he was shot with a bazooka. Remember that everything that moved was shot at. Any way that night I had the duty of guarding the wounded enemy, some badly shot up, crying and moaning through the night. Many enemy bodies loaded up into trucks. The town was now under our control. Remember General Magnus Malan flew up and we were told that Russia had given us 24 hours to retreat. Soon after our arrival back at Rucanna we were flown to Grootfontein. On our arrival there we were each given a case of beer and later broken up into small groups and asked to volunteer to go to Angola. America was to pay us R10 a day danger pay and South Africa R5 a day.We volunteered and a few days later I was on the first hercules to fly to Cela. We were given a green Foreign uniform and takkies, I choose to wear my boots. So the only clothes that I had on was all that I wore for the next few months which I washed once on the other side of bridge 14.So I had the clothes on my back, my rifle, my ammunition, 7 mags,a grenade , a fosiris Granade, My water bottle and eating utensils , and a ground sheet , no sleeping bag.And that is how I flew to Angola, about ten of us and a vehicle, flying low between the mountains just above the tree tops,. We landed at Cela and found a house to wait for the others flying in and coming up by road.The next couple of months We slept in the bush, fighting the rain and army ants at night. Yes I have a lot of memories of those days and have started recalling a lot of happenings after cutting it out of my mind for years. The one fact that I never read about is that when we were by Bridge 14 our Major was sent back to South Africa, I think he talked to much about retreating.






3717
Posted by

Host Account

on 12 September
 

RE: Bridge 14

Hi, Markantgol
Nice to hear from a Foxbat man! Were you there from the start when Foxbat was formed on 26 October 1975? I have a number of things I would like to know more of, like:
1. I understand the 3 UNITA companies used 9 busses as transport. Any idea what make of busses they were and the colours?
2. Other than the 22 Eland 90s and three missile vehicles, what OTHER SADF vehicles were used to transport equipment and troops, especially the mortars and 106mm RR guns? Also, where they all painted in the Savannah camouflage scheme? I assume that there were some old Bedfords and Landrovers... among others...
3. What type of trucks were used for logistics, like fuel bowsers and ammu transport. I understand that most fuel were carried in Jerrycans and plastic containers. Were there any trailers present, maybe water trailers, even?
3. If SOMEONE out there can help with the exact number and type of vehicles in Foxbat, please let me know.
4. What radios were in use at the time? I assume the old A-53 did most of the work?
5. Do you know what TYPE of reconnaissance plane was used, the one supplied by UNITA? And its colour?
For a description of Battle Group Foxbat, see the latest Newsletter, Volume 4 Issue 11 of 14 September 2012, which will be loaded on the newsletters page this Friday. (See http://www.warinangola.com/Default.aspx?tabid=1339)
And please do tell us more of what happened at Bridge 14 and even elsewhere. And send photos if you have some
Regards
Johan
3713
Posted by

Mark Goller

on 10 September
 

RE: Bridge 14

HI , I was part of foxbat, Charlie comp 2 SAI. Fought at the battle of bridge 14. Escorted the gunners op to Top Hat. When we got down the mountain at night, our company was gone. They were busy moving in towards the bridge through the montain pass, Someone from the gunners took us back to the next farming town. We stayed a few days on the farm before being found.We killed a cow and a calf and braai'ed the meat and took it to our chaps.
3672
Posted by

Deon Botha

on 20 July
 

RE: Col Jan Breytenbach

Ou Singiswatsenaam , jy is op die verkeerde forum , die een wat jy eintlik gesoek het is hierso : www.dressupgirl.net

Jy sal dit baie meer geniet en verstaan jou dr*l..
3585
Posted by

Robyn Stevenson

on 6 July
 

RE: Bridge 14

You said it all , if you were not there you simply cannot share that kind of experience with anyone .

3578
Posted by

ferdi van niekerk

on 2 July
 

RE: Bridge 14

i was the number 3 on number 3 gun at the battle of Bridge 14, there was 3 guns in the quarry gat and each gun fired on a different target during the battle. boy it was scary, all i remember is the fear and constant running for ammo.During the second day of the battle (11 December 1975)the firing was so intense that we sat in the hole, while the red eyes fell, then run to the gun fire a round, re load, then back to the hole, first one to the gun , fires the round and so on it went for 3-4 hours, before we started to break the Cubans spirts. very private but fond memories, which i find difficult to speak about , to people that never was in such a battle for life .
3575
Posted by

Lulu Paxton

on 29 June
 

RE: Col Jan Breytenbach

Any comments on the recce involvement at Eheke appreciated. Thank you
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