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Personal Stories from our Premium Members
THE ROAD BETWEEN CHIEDE AND NAMACUNDE
Posted on: 30 April 2018
Operation Savannah - The battle of the casualties of the war
Posted on: 3 August 2017
IN SEARCH FOR A HOME
Posted on: 31 May 2017
"Saturday Night Live"
Posted on: 30 May 2017
BUSH WAR VETERANS!
Posted on: 6 February 2017
The Road to Botswana
Posted on: 13 May 2016
Supper in Sá da Bandeira
Posted on: 5 September 2015
The red cross
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Fighting for the heart and soul of Chiede
Posted on: 28 August 2015
Operation Savannah
Posted on: 23 August 2015
 
Latest Comments
Re: Photo Gallery of Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) added
Die beste is maar om vir my die fotos en jou stories per epos aan te stuur na johan@warinangola.com. Die WarBlogs is 'n heeltemal aparte portaal van die www.warinangola.com een, maar as jy daar geregistreer is kan ek altyd hier ook 'n rekening met dieselfd...
Posted on: 25 October 2019
Re: Photo Gallery of Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) added
Hi johan ek het probeer regestreer.Kan nie inkom nie was ook daar saam vegroep 3 ons bev was j Jacobs het ook n paar fotos wat ek graag sal wil opsit het ook n foto van ons bev. laat weet wat ek moet doen is nie rekenaar vaardig nie kan my sel net net hel...
Posted on: 30 September 2019
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
41years later. Remember Lorry Lesch my driver, Erasmus Alpa gunner. Scary and prepare us for more later. ...
Posted on: 23 August 2019
Re: Operation Savannah
Will there be another reunion .?...
Posted on: 4 April 2019
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
Was a gunner in that attack . Was in 1SSB and slept in the isle on that night, in the bungalow .Ran out of the bungalow after first red eye was shot<br />Slept in a bunker after that attack.Still have nightmares about that attack.<br />...
Posted on: 2 April 2019
 
Top Posts
RE: Why did the Cubans and South Africans fight each other in Angola? by host
Some additional feedback from Richard Harris: Other factors include: 1. Cuba being obligated to the USSR for military equipment, and had more young men than jobs 2. Marxist expansion through th...
Why did the Cubans and South Africans fight each other in Angola? by host
In short: The Portuguese gave up on Angola and left in 1975. Civil War broke out between the three main Liberation Movements, MPLA, UNITA and FNLA. The Soviets and Cubans came to assist the MPLA. ...
What is a ghostwriter and what he does? by karla
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RE: First attack on Tumpo: 25 February 1988 by host
THE FIRST ATTACK IN TUMPO IN RETROSPECT 561. The attack on Tumpo was not successful. With the exception of 32 Bn's earlier attack, no contact was made with the enemy at any time. Although many...
RE: First attack on Tumpo: 25 February 1988 by host
DIE EERSTE AANVAL OP TUMPO IN OëNSKOU 561. Die aanval op Tumpo het nie geslaag nie. Met uitsondering van 32 Bn se vroeëre aanval, is daar nie op enige stadium kontak met die vyand gemaak nie. ...
Border War in Angola Ruacana: The Unnecessary War (English), by Mario Riva Morales by host
Paperback - February 14, 2020 Source: www.amazon.es
RE: East Germans in Africa by GrahamDT
Rare photograph showing FAPLA troops under training in East Germany
The Cuban lie is starting to falter! by RolandDV
I truly believe that the Cuban lie, about what really happened between the Lomba River and Cuito River is starting to falter! I saw it in the eyes of journalists and smiling faces at Chatham House, w...
Die SAW en Cuito Cuanavale: 'n Taktiese en Strategiese Analise, deur Leopold Scholtz by host
Dit gebeur dikwels dat ’n skietoorlog deur ’n tweede oorlog gevolg word. Dié oorlog word nie met ammunisie of kartetse gevoer of met tenks en bomwerpers nie, maar met woorde. Die oorlog word as ’t wa...
War of Intervention in Angola - Volume 2: Angolan and Cuban Forces at War, 1976-1983, by Adrien Fontanellaz by host
AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 34 As of mid-1976, the civil war in Angola was seemingly decided: supported by a large contingent of Cuban forces, the MPLA established itself in power in Luanda. Its nati...
Semper prorsum: Regiment Mooirivier, 1954-2001, by Front Cover Gerhardus Johannes Jakobus Oosthuizen by host
Title: Semper prorsum: Regiment Mooirivier, 1954-2001 Author: Gerhardus Johannes Jakobus Oosthuizen Publisher: Ons Drukkers, 2003 Length: 182 pages No further information available...
Pik Botha en sy Tyd, deur Theresa Papenfus by host
Dis ’n belangrike boek oor die oorgangspolitiek in Suider-Afrika. Dit fokus op die rol wat ’n enkele persoon – Pik Botha – as deelnemer gespeel het oor ’n tydperk van meer as vyf dekades. Meer o...
ONS WAS DAAR WALVISBAAI, deur Paul J Els by host
Die nuwe boek van Paul J. Els ‘ONS WAS DAAR WALVISBAAI’ is nou beskikbaar vanaf epos@groep7.co.za Die boek is A4 met fotos, wat die stories van die SAW en SAP in Walvisbaai vertel. Dit gee perso...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
Thank you, Maxim... So, just to be clear, we have the following Soviet personnel that had been held as Prisoners of War and exchanged on 16 November 1982: Nikolai F, Pestretzoff, 37, of Al...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by Cuca
Kamil Mollaev was also exchanged on November 16, 1982, along with Nikolai Pestretsov. By the way, POW Kamil Mollaev, the captain of Fapla's Antonov-26 shot down by UNITA in the Cunene area in 1980, wa...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
I can now account for all 13 British and American mercenaries that had been caught in 1976: Costas Georgiou (Colonel Callan), a Greek Cypriot emigre to Britain executed on 10 July 1976; ...
RE: Enciclopédia da Aviação Militar Angolana 1975 - 1991, by Humberto Campos Abrantes by host
Back Cover:
Enciclopédia da Aviação Militar Angolana 1975 - 1991, by Humberto Campos Abrantes by host
Prezados Amigos Finalmente a minha obra sobre a aviação militar angolana referente ao período de 1975 -1991 está prestes a sair. Todos quantos se julgam interessados por estas matérias, bem com...
Southern African Political History: A Chronology of Key Political Events from Independence to Mid-1997. by host
By Jacqueline Audrey by Jacqueline Audrey Kalley, Elna Schoeman, Lydia Eve Andor Published by Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - History - 904 pages An area in the midst of deep change, Southern...
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
Some more info on the Americans and Britons that had been captured on 29 December 1984, and released on 17 March 1985: On 17 March 1985, UNITA released 27 foreigners that had been held hostage, ...
HOSTAGE, by Glen Dixon, as told to Anthony Mockler by host
Story of the author's capture and escape from rebel forces in Angola. Pp. 190, 8 plates; dust wrapper; Columbus Books, London, 1986. First U.K. edition. Source: www.kaycraddock.com
RE: Russian Prisoner(s) of War by host
I believe them to be: 73215824PE Sgt J.D. Cilliers , of 17 Squadron SAAF, who was Killed in action on 23 June 1980 when his Alouette III, Serial No. 24 was shot down by an RPG-7 anti-tank r...
Buccaneers of 24 Squadron. Book 3 - The New Era, by Johan Conradie by host
The stock of the third book in the series Buccaneers of 24 Squadron - The new era has finally arrived and is available. Should you wish to place an order, please click on the web link below to place ...
Buccaneers of 24 Squadron. Book 2 - The First Ten Years, by Johan Conradie by host
This is the concise story of the first ten years of service from 1966 to 1975 of the Buccaneer aircraft of 24 Squadron including all the tragic aircraft losses during this period, the Tip-to-Top race...
Light Aircraft in SAAF Service. Volume 2. A Pictorial History 1945 - 2018, by Winston Brent by host
From Winston Brent: Ladies and Gents, The manuscript of Vol 2 of my "Light Aircraft in SAAF Service" - is at the printers to process. I expect to be able to PostNet or send via Courier Guy by last we...
RE: Angola (1988), Board game by Phil Kendall by host
AWARDS & HONORS 2012 Charles S. Roberts Best Post-WW2 Era Board Wargame Nominee OFFICIAL LINKS Multi-Man Publishing page for Angola (www.multimanpublishing.com) Image: Back cover ...
Angola (1988), Board game by Phil Kendall by host
Angola recreates a brief portion of the violent, decades-long Angolan civil war that began in the 1970s with the fall of a colonial power and dragged its bloody way into the 21st century thanks in pa...
Bos Toe! 'n Storie oor die laaste fase van die Grensoorlog - 32 Bataljon, deur Nico van der Walt by host
Hioerdie boek gaan oor die "bos"-oorlog en ook mense. Dit vertel doie storie van 'n jong man wat in die laat 1980's by die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag vir diensplig aanmeld en neem die lesre op 'n kragto...
Hulle is Vergete, Deur Johan Heyns by host
Vanaf Johan Heyns: "Dit is met vreugde dat ek kan bekend maak dat my digbundel Hulle is vergete vandag bekendgestel. Dankie aan Heleen Malherbe vir 'n uitstekende hoë gehalte boek. "Die ...
A Tango With Death: Brigadier Tolletjie Botha & DCC, as told to Giancarlo Coccia by host
Dancing a tango with death' was the daily life of the DCC - the Directorate of Covert Collection - secret agents, working in what JJ 'Tolletjie' Botha called 'hostile countries'. Who were these men? ...
If you lie still, you will not get cold, by The General and The Colonel by host
If you lie still, you will not get cold. The untold story of the South African Citizen Force soldier in the Border War of the 1970s and 1980s by The General and The Colonel. Sometimes called...
Rebels and Robbers. Violence in Post-Colonial Angola, by Assis Malaquias by host
Violent conflict has been the dominant feature in the last four decades of Angola’s history, making it one of Africa’s worst post-colonial tragedies. Once justifiably regarded as a potential sub-r...
Soutie and the Big Crocodile, by Sapper Soutpiel by host
When PW Botha AKA The Big Crocodile enlisted young foreigners in South Africa’s armed forces he was expecting the heroic descendants of Vasco Da Gama, Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Rommel. I...
Bush War: The Use of Surrogates in Southern Africa (1975-1989), by Major Joseph E. Escandon U.S. Army by host
The purpose of this monograph is to examine the use of indigenous surrogates by both the Republic of South Africa and Rhodesia in Southern Africa’s Bush Wars from 1975 to 1989. The Bush Wars are of s...
Warfare and Tracking in Africa, 1952–1990, by Timothy J Stapleton by host
During the decolonization wars in East and Southern Africa, tracking became increasingly valuable as a military tactic. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Stapleton presents a comparative s...
5 South African Infantry Battalion From 1962-1994 © by Derek Austin by host
This book combines history of 5 South African Infantry Battalion from 1962-1994 and author Derek Austin's memoirs of his time spent completing his national service with the regiment. Included in the ...
RE: South African soldiers captured during the War In Angola by host
Sent in by Derek Austin: You can use this info from my book 5 South African Infantry Battalion. Doug Brown-My first patrol, 5 SAI, Eenhana, Feb'78. (Just turned 18 and fresh out of 6 months' Arm...
Combat: South Africa at War Along the Angolan Frontier, by Al J. Venter by host
Al Venter's latest book on South Africa's 23-year Border War along the Angolan frontier offers a host of new perspectives. These include details about units like the South African Air Force 44 Squadr...
RE: Migs in a Fishbone by Christoffel
Hi Garth, Where can I read what you have written? Thanks for your reply.
71 Motorised Brigade, by Lionel Crook by host
Previously Published by the Author in conjunction with the South African Legion in 1994. History of the South African Army, 71 Motorised Brigade. Imprint: Lulu.Com Country of origin: United Ki...
RE: South African Artillery Compendium, by Lionel Crook by host
This book can be ordered from The Gunners Association website at https://www.gunners.org.za/south-african-artillery-compendium-lionel-crook/
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
This controversial movie can be viewed on line on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T5pcpzY6mE or watch it here...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
..Continued... The entire cast and crew were housed on location by a Rhodesian family, the Rosenfels, who put three of their 300,000 acre farms at the disposal of the unit. “Between the Ro...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
..Continued... The film was shot entirely on location in the Marula district, some 60 miles from Bulawayo. Shooting was completed in the scheduled six weeks — an incredible feat for a major roa...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
...Continued... What happened to the column generally, and Major Allan Wilson’s patrol in particular, is now brought to the screen for the first time by RPM Film Studios in their new film SH...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
...Continued... How did this tragedy come about? A clash between the thousands of white settlers who had gone to Matabeleland after the signing of the Rudd Concession, which gave the right to ...
RE: Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
Film of the month: Shangani Patrol On Monday, 4th December, 1893, between dawn and approximately 11 a.m., thirty-four men died in a clearing in the bush that was the lonely wilderness of Rhode...
Shangani Patrol (1970), Produced by RPM Film Studios, Directed by David Millin by host
The Shangani Patrol was a 34-soldier unit of the British South Africa Company that in 1893 was ambushed and annihilated by more than 3,000 Matabele warriors in Rhodesia, during the First Matabele War...
Bat Out of Hell: A South African Paratrooper In America, by Granger Korff by host
The aftermath… After the dust had settled, the smell of gun powder had dispersed, the crashing sound of mortars and RPG7s had faded away … what ghosts returned with young South African soldiers of ...
 
User Posts
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Some 201 Battalion SWATF GV's seen here in the Bush. On the left SADF issue M79 Snotneus 40mm Single-Shot Grenade Launcher, in the centre Soviet AKM Assault Rifle and the right Soviet RPD...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
201 Battalion SWATF Entrance Gate to Omega Base...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
What is interesting about this Infantry Patrol on the Cutline is that half of them on the left are in Angola and the others on the Right are in South West Africa...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Angola's Lobito Airport seen during the 1970's...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
SAAF 512 Security Squadron Rhino Armoured Personnel Carrier seen at AFB M'pacha...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Puma Helicopter landing at the Oshikuku Mission in support of ongoing Koevoet anti-insurgent operations in the area...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
UNITA troops at Namacunde...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
SADF troops arriving at the Singalamwe Police Camp situated on the Border Crossing between the Caprivi Strip and Zambia sometime during 1973...
RE: 60 Squadron SAAF by GrahamDT
The Magnificent 60 Squadron Colour with Battle Honours....
RE: Louis Van Wyk by lvanwyk26@gmail.com
Dankie vir die oplaai Johan...
RE: Louis Van Wyk by lvanwyk26@gmail.com
Nie baie Pa's kan se dat hy vir sy seun sy medalje vir dapperheid ( Polisie Kruis vir Dapperheid - Silwer ) kon oorhandig nie....
RE: Paul Duboiss Personal Photo Collection by pdubois
On 13 Mar 1984 an Atlas C-4M Kudu (991) was written-off during an accident...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
March/April 1987...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
After the contact, Tree riddled with shrapnel!...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Dawie and Hugo...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Dawie Durant...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Abraham Simboya...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Advance on FAPLA positions...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Moving into position for attack on FAPLA Base...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
UNITA...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Camo and Concealment...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Mixing with Local Population and UNITA...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
UNITA watering point...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Gert - Hugo and Capt Louis Harmse...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Lt Gert Nel 'Gunner'...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Lt Gert Nel...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Buffel convoy to Evale....
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Sgt Jonker RIP...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
32 BN Mortar Mog...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
32 BN members with 2 SWA Spes...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Friday 13 March 1987...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Kol. Archie Moore oorhandig die Pro patria medalje aan Luit. John Michael Tawse in 1981....
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
Land Rovers did not last very long in the bundu bashing 'Bush War' conditions!...
RE: John-Michael Tawses Personal Photo Collection by primalaction
OPs Carnation with Al J Venter H Coy, 1 Para BN...
RE: 2 Regiment de la Rey by lvanwyk26@gmail.com
OPLEIDINGSKAMPE.
2 RDLR het die volgende Opleidings Kampe in die RSA gedoen vanaf 1968.
  • 1. 1968 – Madimbo.

  • 2. 1969 – Ladysmith.

  • 3. 1970 – De Brug.

  • 4. 1971 -- De Brug.

  • 5. 1972 – Mosita.

  • 6. !974 – Mosita.
RE: 2 Regiment de la Rey by lvanwyk26@gmail.com
2 REGIMENT DE LA REY.
KENTEKEN.
‘n Silwer Leeukop wat na regs ("Dexter") kyk met die leuse ‘’Ons Waarsku’’

SKOUERFLITS.
‘n Goue Leeu wat na regs ("Dexter") kyk op ‘n maroon agtergrond. Bokant die leeu is ‘n Romeinse syfer II met twee...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Операция Протеа.юаровцы.1981 (Operation Protea. South Africans. 1981)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Орест Коргут в Мулондо, Ангола, в 1982-84 гг. (Orest Korgut in Mulondo, Angola, 1982-84)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Офицеры UNITA 1987 (UNITA Officers 1987)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Педаль (Pedal)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Переводчик В.Костраченков.1976 (Translator V. Kostrachenkov. 1976)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Переводчик Горбунов 1987 (Translator Gorbunov 1987)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Переводчик Ждаркин 1987 Куиту (Translator Zhdarkin 1987 Kuitu)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Переводчик Незнанов (Translator Neznanov)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Переводчик С.Цехмистров 1981 (Translator S. Tsekhmistrov 1981)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Переводчик Шишов.1984.Кунене (Translator Shishov. 1984. Kunene)...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: Переводчики Уамбо 1984.О.Морозов-С.Исмайлов-А.Лизунов (Translators of Huambo 1984.O. Morozov-S. Ismayilov-A. Lizunov...
RE: Japie Duminys Personal Photo Collection by JDuminy
Photos given to me by a colleague from Belarus, Yuri Chupin, who had been a translator for the Russian General in control of the Soviet Military Mission in Angola during the Bush War: пер-чики Олиференко Шишов. Лубанго 1982 (peppers[??] Oliferenko Shishov. Lubango 1982)...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Even the Womens Army College had their GV MAG Light Machine Gunners. Here is one of them...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
250-Man Field Kitchen at Miershoop...
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Equipment, Medals and Operations Posts
RE: Cross for Valour (CCV) by TJM001
The medal was issued for daring and pre-eminent acts of valour self sacrifice or devotion to duty ...
RE: SS77 GPMG by host
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RE: SS77 GPMG by host
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RE: SS77 GPMG by host
The SS77 GPMG maintains a high level of accuracy, stability and reliability.
The 7,62 mm SS77 GPMG can be used as a light machine gun or in a sustained fire role. The configuration of the weapon makes it a flexible and portable weapon, which is highly suited for use on armoured vehicles and as a platoon-, section- or paratroops weapon and weighs 9,6 kg.
Ammunition is fed from the left by non-disintegrating (DM1) belt, or alternatively by disintegrating (NATO M13 or R1M1) link belts in either 100-round dustproof pouches fitted to the weapon, or from plastic, waterproof and rigid boxes containing 200 rounds.
To cope with extreme environmental conditions, the weapon is fitted with dust covers on the feed cover and ejection slot.
The feed mechanism housed inside the feed cover, like the feed tray, is linked to the central section of the receiver.
The cartridge is guided by a bullet lead into the chamber.
The weapon has a folding butt for compactness and easy handling, which makes it ideally suited for paratroopers.
The rear sight consists of a leaf sight graduated for ranges from 20 m to 800 m in the horizontal position and from 800 m to 1 800 m in the vertical position.
The sights are fitted with a Tritium-light (luminous) sight which allows firing under night conditions.
SOURCE: GENERAL PURPOSE MACHINE GUN SS77 Mk1 7,62 mm x 51 mm, by DENEL LAND SYSTEMS...
RE: SS77 GPMG by host
Development
The designers wanted a GPMG that was lighter than the existing weapons. Although development started in 1977, the weapon only went into full production in 1986 with the butt having a slightly different outline when compared to all the prototypes. It is ready for immediate action firing from a 100 round pouch. In sustained firing role, it can be mounted on tripods, gunships, vehicles or boats. The SS77 fires 7,62 mm NATO rounds from R1M1, M13 or DM1 metal link belts at a rate of 600 - 900 rounds per minute....
RE: SS77 GPMG by host
History
In the bush warfare of the 1970's the South African Defence Forces learned that the FN MAG and Browning machine guns were not really suited for their requirements. In 1977 Lyttelton Engineering Works was contracted to produce a new machine-gun as the arms embargo prevented the purchase of alternative weapons. The SS77 was the end result....
RE: Wolf II by host
The prototype Wolf was completed within three months in 1983, and production commenced in 1984. An improved Wolf II, which incorporates developments based on the initial operation experience with the Wolf, entered production in: June 1985. One visible change to the Wolf II is that instead of being fitted with spherical mountings for machine guns in the hull sides as were the early Wolf ICVs, they have simple firing ports for the crew's rifles. The fire power of the ten side-firing FN light machine guns of the early Wolf ICVs proved excessive in operational serv-ice, as most targets appeared in front of the vehicles. The Wolf ICV is generally operated in fighting groups of four, supported by one Strandwolf supply truck. Having proved itself with the COIN Unit, it is gradually replacing the Casspir in SWA Police service.

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RE: RPK 7.62 mm Light Machine Gun by host
Features

The RPK features a heavier and longer barrel than the AKM. This allows for the weapon to be fired for extended periods without major loss in accuracy due to the barrel heating up. The chrome-lined barrel is permanently fixed to the receiver and cannot be replaced in the field. It is fitted with a new front sight base, and the gas block lacks both a bayonet lug and an under-barrel cleaning rod guide. The barrel also features a folding bipod mounted near the muzzle, and a front sight base with a lug that limits the bipod's rotation around the axis of the barrel. The barrel has a threaded muzzle, enabling the use of muzzle devices such as flash hiders, compensators, and blank-firing adapters. When a muzzle device is not being used, the threads on the muzzle can be covered by a thread protector. The barrel is pinned to the receiver in a modified trunnion, reinforced by ribbing, and is slightly wider than the trunnion used on the standard AKM type rifles. Symmetrical bulges on both sides of the front trunnion ensure a proper fit inside the receiver.

The RPK also has a slightly longer receiver, by about 20 mm or less. This was done to decrease the fire rate slightly, but not significantly enough to lower it any less than 600 rounds per minute (RPM). The U-shaped receiver is stamped from a smooth 1.5 mm (0.06 in) sheet of steel compared to the 1.0 mm (0.04 in) sheet metal receiver used on the standard AKM rifles. It uses a modified AKM recoil spring assembly that consists of a rear spring guide rod from the AK and a new forward flat guide rod and coil spring. It features a thick laminated wood foregrip and a fixed laminated wood "club-foot" buttstock similar to the stock used on the RPD, which is designed to allow the user to fire from the prone position more comfortably. It uses a standard AKM pistol grip and can also use standard AKM detachable box magazines, but it is most commonly used with a 40-round box magazine or a 75-round drum magazine. Interchangeability of parts between the RPK and AKM are moderate.

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RE: FN MAG 7.62 mm GPMG by host
History

World War II established the general purpose machine-gun (GPMG) as a viable weapon with its ability to be fired from a light bipod in the assault role or on a heavier tripod in the defensive or sustained role. After 1945 many designers tried to produce their own version of the GPMG concept. One of the best was produced in Belgium during the 1950's. The company was Fabrique Nationale (FN) based in Herstal. The design became known as the FN Mitrailleuse d'Appui General (MAG).

Development

The FN MAG uses the basic Browning mechanism and the feed mechanism of the German MG-42 Spandau gun. The MAG fires standard 7,62 mm NATO ammunition. Variation of the rate of fire is achieved by adjusting the gas regulator under the barrel. When used as an LMG the MAG uses a butt and bipod. When used as a sustained-fire weapon, the butt is removed and placed on a heavy tripod. The MAG has been widely produced under licence. The British variation is known as the L7A2. Production of this weapon continues unabated around the world....
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Features

The weapon feeds from the left side from open-link, metal ammunition belts: either the American disintegrating M13 belt (NATO standard) or the segmented German DM1 belt, whose 50-round sections can be linked through a cartridge. In order to adapt the weapon to feed from one belt type to the other, several components of the feed mechanism need to be reconfigured since the position of the feed tray's cartridge stop and pawl angles in the top cover are different. The MAG features a pawl-type feeding mechanism that continues to move the feed link during both the rearward and forward cycles of the reciprocating bolt carrier, producing a smooth belt flow. The feeding mechanism's three pawls are actuated by a roller connected to the bolt carrier. The feed channel rail, feed link, both feed slides and the feed tray are chrome plated. The top cover body is an anodized aluminum casting. In the infantry assault role, the weapon can be fitted with a sheet metal container that houses a 50-round belt and is attached to the left side of the receiver.

The quick-change barrel has a slotted flash suppressor. The barrel's chamber and bore are chromium-lined and the barrel has four right-hand grooves with a 305 mm (1:12 in) rifling twist rate. Also attached to the barrel is the front sight base, carry handle and gas block (equipped with an exhaust-type gas regulator valve with three settings). The barrel assembly weighs 3,050 g (6.72 lb) and of the 630 mm (24.80 in) long barrel a portion of 487.5 mm (19.19 in) is rifled.[10] The MAG takes zero shifts between barrel assemblies into account by making the front sight of the assemblies adjustable with the help of tools.

The machine gun is fitted with a folding bipod (attached to the end of the gas cylinder) that can be adjusted for height. For carrying or use as a forearm, the aluminum legs can be folded back and secured in slots under the receiver by hooks and a spring-loaded catch. When firing from the hip, the bipod legs remain extended and the left leg is gripped for support. The bipod can be removed from the gas cylinder by tapping-out a roll pin in the gas cylinder head until it is flush and the bipod can be rotated enough to clear the gas cylinder's retaining lugs.

The MAG is also equipped with a fixed wooden stock, pistol grip, carrying handle and iron sights that consist of a forward blade (adjustable mechanically for both windage and elevation) and a folding leaf rear sight with an aperture in the down position for firing distances from 200 to 800 m (219 to 875 yd) in 100 m (109 yd) increments and an open U-notch for ranges from 800 to 1,800 m (875 to 1,969 yd) graduated every 100 m (109 yd). The rear sight is hinged to a base with protective ears that is integral with the receiver's upper forging. The iron sight line has a 848 mm (33.4 in) sight radius.

The MAG's receiver is constructed from sheet metal stampings reinforced by steel plates and rivets. The front is reinforced to accept the barrel nut and gas cylinder which are permanently mounted. Guide rails that support the bolt assembly and piston extension during their reciprocating movement are riveted to the side plates. The bolt's guide rails are shaped downward to drive the locking lever into engagement with the locking shoulder, which is also riveted to the side plates. The rear of the receiver has been reinforced and slotted to accept the butt-stock.

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