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Tjoops
Posts:4
Posted:1/9/2012 9:45:57 AM
Hi, I was in 44 Parachute Brigade and was in 14 Light Artillery Regiment.
We were rather VERY active outside Cuito, laying no more than 1500m from the town, doing daily bombing of the town with our 120mm mortars. We saw some extreme action and was under fire daily, as well. I will forward the 44 Para badge to you shortly. Just by accident I found your site, great site, just sorry that thus far it seems the mortars got no mention in their part...
Kind regards
Deon

johansamin
Posts:679
Posted:1/9/2012 9:49:06 AM
Hi, Deon...

Great to hear from you!

I was aware of a 120mm Battery deployed bewteen me and Cuito during Packer but had NO IDEA who they were... even though as OPO I even had the opportunity to use them in a stonking or two...;-)

In fact I remember that the poor 120mm battery had a hard time as every time they did a bestoking, they drew some heavy counter battery fire! I used to try and identify the BM-21s to try and take them out with the G-5s, but they redeployed too fast! By the time I got a shot on the ground for adjustment fire, the target had disappeared!

I used Helmoed-Römer Heiman's book as a main reference and story line, and he seems to only state that the 120mm mortars were from 32 Battalion and also from 61 Mech. Obviously the gunners from 61 Mech and even the ones from 32 could be drawn from any actual battery. What was yout Battery name Romeo, or Sierra, and who was the Battery Commander?

Were you there during Packer or was it Moduler and Hooper?

Nice to hear from a fellow Gunner!

Regards
Johan


Tjoops
Posts:4
Posted:1/9/2012 9:54:59 AM
Hi Johan,

Yeah, I can't really remember ALL the details, but found a fantastic write-up on Wikipedia on 44 Parachute Brigade. I was at Cuito in 1988, got
shot to shit, as you mentioned, still have the friggen nightmares, 23 years on... Also on that site, you will see we did Coin-ops in Mamelodi, and several other interesting shit, details in my old mind rather blurry, Lol.
But with "mid-life-crisis" as the wife calls it, I actually got myself "inked" with the Brigade's logo, just a bit zooped up, adding some colour to
it. Will attach the pic, wouldn't mind if you post it on your site!
I remember you guys, couple 'o klicks behind us, with the G5's. Still remember the Mig's going over us to straff you boys. Then after pulling out,
we met up with you boys at "oorgangs kamp, just outside Rundu, if memory serves. There details are rather vague, we were pissed out of our minds
mostly. But I do remember sitting for hours on end with the Gunners for chats.

I have been in-active now since about 91/92, operating at that time with the "infantry" corps in Cape Town, namely C Company. But since then I have lost contact with them, till Xmas day, just 2 weeks ago. A mate of mine has another mate, and this chap is the CSM of C-Coy, and I will be joining them again this year... Damn, what a way to spend a mid-life-crisis... Hehe

Great to hear from you, nice sharing with a person who was in same ops as myself! I have NO contact with ANY of my fellow mates in 182 Battery, would
be great if you could post on your site, looking for fellow participants in the Cuito war, from 182 Battery.

Well, time to move on, last day of leave, actually keen to get working again, been a long boring holiday! Looking forward to your next post, let me know if and when there are more posts. You should maybe link your site to Facebook, get trice the hits!

Be seeing you around
Regards
Deon




Tjoops
Posts:4
Posted:1/9/2012 10:15:39 PM
PLEASE PLEASE forgive me, again the age played it's mistakes on me! It is NOT 14 Light Regiment (Which was in fact fact an "berede" horseback regiment according to Wikipedia! I was in fact in 18 Light Artillery Regiment. To all those feeling offended, I sincerely apologize. All this info also available on Wikipedia. Most interesting reading material... Hope we hear more from other 18 Lights!


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