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10 Artillery Brigade Tactical Headquarters*
10 Artillery Brigade Tactical HQ (10 ART HQ) was an ad-hoc artillery formation created in 1988 to support the ad-hoc formation 10 SA Division, which had been formed to counter the Cuban threat in the south-western part of Angola in June 1988. It comprised of a tactical headquarters, 14 Art Regt (comprising of the 14 Artillery Regt HQ, a 155mm G-5 battery from 4 SAI Bn Gp, a 140mm G-2 battery from Cape Field Artillery, a 127mm MRL battery from 32 Bn, a 120mm mortar battery from 4 Art Regt, a meteorological section from 1 Locating Regt, a light workshop troop, and a signals troop), 17 Field Regt (comprising of the 17 Field Regt HQ, a 155mm G-5 battery from 61 Mech Bn Gp, a 140mm G-2 battery from 17 Field Regt, another 140mm G-2 battery from Transvaal Horse Artillery, a 127mm MRL troop from 4 Art Regt, a meteorological section from 2 Locating Regt, a light workshop troop, and a signals troop), and 181 Battery from 18 Light Regt

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20 Artillery Regiment*
20 Artillery Regiment (20 ART) was an ad-hoc artillery regiment under 20 SA Brigade formed from different batteries in June/August 1987 for the specific purpose of supporting Operation Moduler. It initially comprised of a G-5 battery (Quebec Bty) from 4 SAI Bn Gp, an MRL battery (Papa Bty) from 32 Bn and a 120mm mortar battery (Sierra Bty) from 61 Mech Bn Gp. Later a secod G-5 battery (Sierra Bty, as the 120mm mortar battry became Romeo Bty) was added as well as a three-gun G-6 troop (Juliet Tp) and a troop of MRLs (India Tp) and the unit was upgraded to a brigade (20 Artillery Bde)

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32 Battalion
32 Battalion (32 BN, sometimes nicknamed Buffalo Battalion or Os Terriveis - Portuguese for The Terrible Ones) [Afr: 32 Bataljon] was a special infantry battalion of the SA Army, composed of black and white officers and NCO's. It had been raised in 1975 as Bravo Group, and its troops came from the FNLA, one of the former liberation movements of Angola. Unlike other SADF units, 32 Battalion was mainly deployed in southern Angola, acting as a buffer between the SADF's regular forces and its enemies. Although it was mainly used as a counter-insurgency force it was eventually also used as a semi-conventional force during the later phases of the war. After Namibian independence in 1990, the unit was withdrawn to South Africa where it was used in the counter-insurgency role and later also in the South African townships. The unit was disbanded in March 1993 and retired to the town of Pomfret, South Africa.

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Bravo Group
Bravo Group was formed in 1975, became part of Task Force Zulu as Battle Group Bravo during Operation Savannah, then renamed to 32 Battalion (32 BN) after Operation Savannah..

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6 Maintenance Unit
6 Maintenance Unit (6 MAINT) [Afr: 6 Onderhoudseenheid] was established as Sector 20 Mauinenance Unit, the main unit responsible for logistical supply at Rundu military base in Northern South-West Africa, to concide with the establishment of Sector 20 in around 1978/79. During 1980, Sector 20 Maintenance Unit changed to 6 Maintenance Unit, and moved into a new, purpose built HQ complex, where the old petrol depot used to be. The old Maintenance Unit HQ used to be in two temporary prefab buildings right across the road from 32 Bn HQ, and the LWT. It would have been disbanded with the closure of the Sector 20 HQ in 1989 when the South African forces withdrew out of South-West Africa/Namibia.

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7 Medical Battalion Group
7 Medical Battalion Group was founded by a group of nine doctors at Special Forces Brigade HQ (Speskop) south of Pretoria in 1984, but the battalion was only named 7 Medical Battalion Group and incorporated into the SA Medical Services in 1987. Members were involved in clandestine operations working closely with Special Forces, the Parachute Battalions supporting UNITA and the infamous Project Coast. Members also worked with 32 Bn, Ops K, CSI and 101 RM's to name just a few...

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1 SWA Reconnaissance Regiment
1 South West African Reconnaissance Regiment (1 SWA RR) started out as a sub-unit under the command of the Commanding General SWATF in 1982, staffed mainly by ex-South African operators, but only formally established on 1 April 1984 when 32 Bn Recce Wing was disbanded by the 32 Bn OC Cmdt Eddie Viljoen. The Recce Wing members were given the option to return to 32 Bn's Buffalo base and be split up into the Companies or sign on to 1 SWA RR who took over the Omauni base. Most opted to join 1 SWA RR. The unit was made up of ex Reconnaissance commando members, some ex Rhodesian servicemen and ex 32 Bn Recce Wing members. The unit later moved its HQ to Omaruru a small mining town in central SWA and the HQ was at Kransberg mine which was a abandoned tungsten mine. The unit was disbanded and amalgamated with 1 SWA Parachute Battalion to become 2 SWA Spes Unit and relocated to Luiperdsvallei in Windhoek.

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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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