August 27, 2011 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the date of death in battle in Angola, four Soviet citizens: Lieutenant Colonel Joseph VAZHNIKA Illarionovich, Chief Political Adviser to the 11th Infantry Brigade of the MPLA, Lieutenant Colonel Eugene Kireev, Councillor artillery commander of the 11th Infantry Brigade of the MPLA, Kireeva Lydia Pranovny, the wife of Colonel EV Kireeva Pestretzoff and Galina (Hedwig), wife of Ensign Pestretzoff NF Sam Ensign Pestretzoff this in battle with South Africans had been captured. Let us commemorate the victims ...
At the end of August 1981 the armed forces of South Africa was conducted in the southern regions of Angola called "Operation Protea". Mechanized South Africans stopped the border of Angola and with massive air support, rushed to the three main reference points of the government army (MPLA) in the province: small towns Ondzhive, Shangongo and Kaam. Only formed with the help of Soviet military Angolan army fiercely resisted.Ondzhivu defended the 11th Infantry Brigade of the government troops, which worked nine Soviet military advisers and specialists, and the city were five Soviet women - wives of officers and warrant officers who are "discharged" from the Union, not knowing that far in the Angolan province of Cunene suddenly turn into a real hell.In the town Shangongo, which was defended by 19 Infantry Brigade FAPLA, fifteen were Soviet citizens, including five women and three children. And Kaam at the 2nd mechanized infantry brigade worked six Soviet officers, half of whom had families with them. The hardest part had to be our advisors for the 11th Brigade. Town of South African mechanized Ondzhiva took the tongs, and then surrounded. It was there on 27 August and killed our citizens: I. Vazhnik, EV Kireev, J. and L. Kireeva Pestretzoff. Survivors of advisors, specialists and military interpreters and their family members had fought in getting out of Ondzhivy, Shangongo and Kaam. Many were injured.
Signed this photo in the newspapers of South Africa was such: «Soviet advisors in Angola 1981. Late killed by SA Forces in Op Protea »(Soviet advisers in Angola, 1981. Later killed Sun South Africa during Operation Protea). However, shown in photo military interpreter and specialist Sergei Tsekhmistro Krasivsky Nicholas, who served in Shangongo in the apparatus 19 teams of advisers MPLA, did not die (see: / main / publikacii / nvo / istoriafoto )
Ensign H. Pestretzoff with (far left) with the soldiers of 11th Brigade FAPLA, 1980
Proteus operation - the aggression against another sovereign state. South African troops are in Angola
Lt. Col. I. Vazhnik conducts classes in the 11th Brigade FAPLA
Soviet military advisers of the 11th Infantry Brigade of the MPLA (Ondzhiva) and their wives. Left to right: Second Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Vazhnik Illarionovich, Pestretzoff Jadwiga (killed in battle with the forces of South Africa August 27, 1981), Ensign Pestretzoff Nikolai Fedorovich (during the battle August 27, 1981 hit the South African prisoner, held in the prisons of South Africa about one and a half years ) Vazhnik Eugene G.. Photos from the family archives Vazhnik.
South African general, Ben Roth and captive Soviet Ensign H. Pestretzoff. Photos of South African newspapers, 1981 On there as it was, and misadventures of an ensign in the South African N. Pestretzoff captivity read the material on this site:
Sergei Kolomnin. "The Angolan hell"
Sergei Kolomnin. "Greetings from the Angolan hell"
Vyacheslav Grebenshchikov. "Forgotten Heroes Forgotten Battles"