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Posted:8/25/2010 8:27:24 AM
Johan, thank you for your email and interest.
We are Sergeant Pierre Digue's parents. He was killed on 9 November, as mentioned here on this site.
We will definitely buy the DVDs.
Last year, Pierre's platoon held their 25 year reunion and contacted us, which was wonderful! With the commemoration of the battle on 9 November everyone sent us email and shared their wonderful thoughts and best wishes. We have regular contact with Gustav Venter and he is busy writing a book about their platoon.
I can also write a book about Pierre!
We appreciate you emails a lot.
Friendly regards
Bunny and Toy Digue

Posted:8/25/2010 8:41:13 PM
Dear Bunny and Toy,
I apologise that I didn't see the connection when you registered.... I am so sorry about your loss!
I myself now have four big boys and are so thankful that they don't have to go through what we had to in our own youth... although sometimes I wish they could just experience the discipline and training!!
We lost four young men who were part of my Battery... Bosse, Bezuidenthout, Engelbrecht (all three in 1983), and Van der Westhuizen (1988). Most of them were only 19 years old, except Wessie, who was 22 and left behind a wife and 2 year old daughter. My Battery Commander of earlier, Major Johann du Randt, and the Pilot, Lt Glenn, were killed in a Bosbok which was taken out with a SA-8 missile on 3 Sep 1987.
Keep me informed of any books so that I can let the others know.
I will keep you a set of DVDs when I place my next order with Numetro.
Best regards

Posted:9/8/2010 8:56:20 AM
Dear Johan. I would like to tell you the following story - the day that we received the news of Pierre's death. It was two days after he was killed.
Bunny had driven to Mosselbay for work.
Previously he would always first go to the hotel, unpack his clothes, buy the newspaper and cooldrink, and go jogging.
That day he did not unpack his suitcase, nor buy a newspaper or cooldrink, and also did not go jogging.
Previously he would also only fill up with petrol the next day, before he has to come home, becaue in those years the petrol pumps were closed after 6pm. But that day he filled up BEFORE he went to the hotel.
When the Reverent called him at 6pm that evening to inform him of Pierre's death, he just took his suitcsae and drove. His suitcase was still packed and the petrol was in the car!
As he drove home he felt as if he must have dreamed it, and could not believe it. He told himself that when he turns around the corner and can see the house, and the lights on the verandah is on, it must surely be true, because the lights were never on!
We call this story..."If the lights are on..." The lights are STILL on every night...
Friendly regards
Toy Digue

Posted:9/16/2010 9:05:09 AM
Thank you so much for this story, Toy. It is so sad to think about it. I don't know what I would have done if it was my son! You are both very strong, I think...
During my deployment as Observation Post Officer at Cuito Cuanavale we also came quite close to an encounter with death, and amazingly, my wife, who stayed with my parents during the time, actually felt that something was not right. They all prayed together and received peace about the matter.
For us up there the shooting was relatively exciting, although we did get a big fright. It was just interesting to hear how my wife felt that things were going wrong, something I only found out much later!

Posted:11/9/2010 9:30:36 PM
Our thoughts and prayers today have been with you, Bunny and Toy, having lost your son, Pierre Digue, in this battle 23 years ago.
Johan, family, and the members of War In Angola.

Posted:11/10/2010 4:21:49 AM
Hi Johan, Thanks for your mail yesterday. We need to say the following:
"If tears could builld a stairway and memories a lane, we would walk right up to Heavan en bring you home again"

Pierre Digue's Mom and Dad.

Bunny and Toy Digue

Posted:11/10/2010 5:20:46 AM
HI there,

I got together with a couple of 4SAI infantry guys as well 61 mech representatives last night to remember those that dies on this sad day (along with others during this phase of South Africas history). It was really super to meet the guys. we are going to put the names of those paid the supreme price on a wooden (donated by the 61 guys which the same as the ones they planted on the recent Angola battle tour)cross and ask the War museum in Jhb if we can plant on their property for all visitors to see. Once done I will circulate photos of the cross.

Posted:11/10/2010 10:21:33 AM

Hi Johan

This is a great site and has made me understand what happened all those years ago. I was a very close to Pierre Digue who was killed yesterday 9 Nov back in 87 during Ops Modular. We were at MLV together and in my second year we spent time at Lohatla (had many a drunken and disorderly evening when we played and when we worked we worked hard). Pierre was an unbelievable person and I always hit a downer during this time of year. Fortunately I klaared out in 86 after doing my 2 years so missed this contact. Pierre was planning to visit me in Jhb during December before going home to the Cape. It just depended when he got back to SA.

At the time we (or me at least) did not know the political side or the real details about why we were fighting the war, we just did what we were told because we had to. At the time we thought it was the right thing to do, so reading your details opens my eyes and gives me more respect for what Pierre did..

Looking at your site, I recon it would be great if the discovery channel would do a documentary about the Angolan war.

Keep up the good work on the site.

Can I ask what your interest in this war is? What made you set this up because it shows passion in the subject.



Posted:1/13/2011 9:59:50 AM
Hi Johan
The truth is is that i got thrown out the back of a Samel in an accident and snapped my leg effectively curtailing my army career.
My interest was aroused as Sgt Dique was my platoon Sgt for the best part of a year up to when he was killed in Angola.
He was a total legend in the camp (MLV) and without a doubt the one of the best NCOs in a camp that had pretty high standards.
EG-A fire started when we were at lohatla next to our ammo store we were loading up - whilst most people headed for the hills he ran in and made sure everybody was out.
We always wondered what happened to him as information was scarce on the ground and a few other guys were killed from the camp so they kept it all pretty low key.
We all landed up doing townships more than anything else so fairly inglorious stuff to be honest.
Shame - read the messages from his parents -hope they know how much he was respected and liked by his troops.
Thanks for the email. Wouldn't want my kids to join the army but many of us have done well in life and some (maybe much) of that at least is down to the SADF.
Shame about the state it is in now from what i have heard.
Many Thanks

Posted:1/25/2011 3:33:39 AM
Salutations all,

As Tannie Toy, Pierre Digue's mom, mentioned, I'm busy writing a book about our platoon, the Chief of the Defence Force's Platoon, of 1983/4. It was very much Pierre's creation. If anybody has any reminiscences of him, anecdotes, and, especially photographs, I'd love to get it. My e-mail address is

Yes, he was a legend, the best soldier I ever knew, and he has had a huge influence on my life, more so than any other man apart from my own dad. The last time I saw Pierre Digue, he was 22 years old.

Thank you.

Gustav "Prof" Venter

Paul Stone
Posted:4/12/2011 4:06:42 AM
I was a member of Pierre Digues platoon in 83/84. I hit a landmine on my first day in Angola and Pierre got the news that I had been killed. I saw him again about a week later and he really let me have it for "getting myself killed" without his permission. Myself and Prof Venter have been to all the families of the memebers of our platoon that were killed in action (including Pierre's mom and dad) and presented them with a dvd that we had made commemarating our platoon. It was just an awesome experiance spending time with all these families and also being able to visit the garves of our colleagues.

We will always be "Brothers In Arms"

Paul Stone

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