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Operation Merlyn, 1989: The Nine Days War

Operation Merlyn Operation Displace came to an end in southeast Angola near Cuito Cuanavale on 30 August 1988. The South African holding force withdrew to SWA safely and unhindered by FAPLA and Cuban forces. UNITA was left to fend for themselves in Angola without the support of the SADF. The final withdrawal of all South African forces from Angola had been completed. 10 SA Division was disbanded by the SADF and SWATF on 1 September 1988 and the citizen forces were demobilized and returned home. This formality followed on the successful implementation of the ceasefire and the peace settlement agreed to between South Africa, Cuba and Angola on 22 August 1988. South African involvement in Angola was finally at an end and peace seemed to be in sight. But SWAPO did not agree… They had been left out of the discussions and were not even part of the Joint Military Monitoring Commission (JMMC) that had been set up at Ruacana on 16 August 1988.

And they were going to do something about that...!

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Subject Death toll at the end of 3 April
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Lt Schoemies
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Posted:4/14/2019 12:16:41 AM
c. At the end of 3 April, the death toll stood at 182 PLAN insurgents, and 21 SWA policemen and 1 member of the SADF, making it 22 members of the SA forces killed in action.

Lt Schoemies
Posts:5003
Posted:4/14/2019 12:19:25 AM
i. Six contacts occurred at the following grid references (see map):
1. VL 1367: Koevoet team Zulu 5 killed 6 insurgents and arrested 1.
2. XL 0858: Koevoet team Zulu Alpha and support elements killed 7 insurgents.
3. XL 9565: Koevoet team Zulu Foxtrot and support elements killed 3 insurgents.
4. XL 8238: Koevoet team Zulu 4 killed 1 insurgent.
5. VL 7946: Koevoet team Zulu Whiskey and support elements killed 7 insurgents.
6. VL 7540: Koevoet team Zulu Whiskey and support elements killed 1 insurgent

ii. SWAPO/PLAN lost a total of 25 insurgents killed and 1 captured for the day.

iii. A lieutenant from 61 Mechanised Battalion Group as well as another policeman from SWAPOL were killed:
1. Lieutenant Christiaan Phillipus Els of 1 Special Service Battalion, while attached to 61 Mechanised Battalion Group (20). He died of his wounds in hospital at Ruacana ater the evening after he was critically wounded during a contact with SWAPO/PLAN insurgents near Ongandjera.
2. Constable Daniel Johannes Jacobus Fourie (25)

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