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"WE'VE GOT A RUSSIAN!"

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Operation ProteaProtea, one of the biggest cross-border ops of the war, blitzkrieged into Communist Angola from SWA/Namibia on 21 August 1981. Included in the OPLAN was Ongiva, an important SWAPO logistics and staging base protected by a FAPLA brigade. As SADF mechanized infantry units advanced on Ongiva from the south, the 110 men of Charlie Company, 32 Bn, under command of 23-year-old First Lieutenant Thinus van Staden had already infiltrated to block the enemy's escape route.

Commandant (LtCol) Van Staden recalled in an interview thirteen years later: "I was examining the body when Lt Naude suddenly shouted at someone not to move. On the other side of the kraal fence were three whites in FAPLA uniforms, one trying to crawl away. I jumped over the fence and took the weapon away from him, then saw that the other two were women, both dead. Although we didn't know it at the time, one had been the wife of the lieutenant colonel we'd just killed, and the other the wife of the Russian sergeant major we'd just captured. The prisoner was uninjured, and as we were tying his hands he began speaking in Portuguese, desperate to know about his eleven-year-old son, who had been with them just before the shooting began...“

 

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RE: The Run-Up to Intervention - up to August 1987 by Mossie
Yes they were definitely Casspirs. One of the Casspirs had been converted. The box containing the loudspeakers was moujnted on a hydraulic arm which extended upward and which all fitted neatly in the...
RE: The Run-Up to Intervention - up to August 1987 by johansamin
These were on Casspirs, right? I knew Anton Boshoff personally – we were both trained as OPOs at School of Artillery in 1981 and as troop commanders in 1984. As an OPO I could just say the ...
RE: The Run-Up to Intervention - up to August 1987 by Mossie
The ground shout caspir formed part of the CSI liaison team under command of then Cmdt les Rudman. The ground shout was used as said to demoralise the FAPLA troups at night and deprive them f...
RE: Battle for Luso, 1975 by johansamin
As a Commandant, Laubscher was my Commanding Officer at 4 Field Regiment in 1981 and 1872... so I got to know him quite well. A very stern disciplinarian and fitness fanatic! He made the entire leade...
RE: Battle for Luso, 1975 by 24B
The South African Journal of Military Studies Vol 20 Nr2 1990 has an annotated Afrikaans diary kept by Kapt J.A. Laubscher and prepared by Kmdt Sophie du Preez. http://scientiamilitaria.journals.a...

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

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