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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
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 ...
BORN TO STORM, by Col Herman van Niekerk HCS, SM, MMM by host
THE STORM IN ME EMPOWER Experience the ruthlessness of life and adapt to it by realising that in the quest to survive, empowerment is required. Learn that this lifestyle has s...
SECURITY OF ALL ARMS by host
ALL members [of the SADF; implied] who have rifles and/or revolvers in their charge are warned to exercise great care at all times in the safe custody of these arms. When R1 Rifles are stored at...
Die Kommunisme In Aksie, deur C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
See "THE COMMUNIST STRATEGY by C. F. de Villiers, F. R. Metrowich and J. A. du Plessis", for a Review on the English version book done by Lt GenL K. R. COSTER, ICD, OBE: Communist Strategy: 'Wake u...
RE: The Communist Strategy, by C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
...Continued... THE HISTORY The history of communism is one of cynical brutality and inhuman ruthlessness. Estimates of the number of people killed in Stalin’s purges between 1935...
The Communist Strategy, by C.F. de Villiers, F.R. Metrowich, J.A. du Plessis by host
Communist Strategy: 'Wake up, before it is too late!’ THE COMMUNIST STRATEGY by C. F. de Villiers, F. R. Metrowich and J. A. du Plessis, Department of Information, Pretoria, 1975; 136 pp p...
RE: Ses Soldate (DVD), deur Bertrand Retief by host
Ses Soldate - 'n Ster Films Vrystelling...
RE: Geskiedkundige herinneringe, Regiment Vaalrivier 1960-2008 by host
Die Inhoudsopgawe:
Geskiedkundige herinneringe, Regiment Vaalrivier 1960-2008 by host
2014 PRIVAAT UITGEGEE DEUR OUD-LEDE. 142 BLADSYE, BAIE FOTOS. A4 RINGBINDING Bron: www.bidorbuy.co.za
Avontuur in Angola: die verhaal van Suid-Afrika se soldate in Angola, 1975-1976, deur Sophia du Preez by host
A lot of secrets of the early years of the bushwar in Angola & Namibia were revealed in this book for the first time. The author was a military historian in the employ of the SADF. Afrikaans text. Ha...
FIREARMS: Developed and Manufactured in Southern Africa 1949 - 2000, edited by Chas Lotter by host
Two hundred and twenty local firearms are covered in this new reference guide. The full story of these firearms and of the people who designed them has never before been told. This new firearms refer...
 
User Posts
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Taking a closer look down the business end of a 61 Mech Battalion Ratel 90, Callsign 33B...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Another SADF Armoured vehicle that was seldom seen was the Kwêvoël Mk 1 Horse Transporter....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
A peek into the Top Secret world of The Special Forces Fort Rev at AFB Ondangwa seen from the Top Cover Alouette III Helicopter Gunship....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
SAAF MAOT (Mobile Air Operations Team) and Bosbok Crew Members seen here chatting with members of the SA Police at Tsumeb on 09 March 1983...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Burnt Out Portuguese Safari Camp at Luiana, South Eastern Angola...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Portuguese Soldier manning his Madsen Machine-gun in a Defensive Position at Luvo, Angola...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Sweeping for mines on the Santa Clara to Namacunde Road...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
The familiar weekly Gas Bottle Run to Tsumeb...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
SWA Spes Bike Squad Patrol near Tsumeb...
Comment by GrahamDT
This slang term described the small local “shops” or tin shack type “shebeens” that appeared almost overnight alongside many of the roads in Northern Owamboland. In the majority of cases, these “Cuca Shops” were sometimes little more than a makeshift shelter erected by using a few poles and a piece ...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Here see the familiar sight of a Northern Owamboland Cuca Shop. The slang term “Cuca Shop” was used by virtually every member of the SADF during the Bush War and dated back to Ops Savannah in 1975/76 when the majority of SADF troops first came into contact with the Portuguese Angolan CUCA Beer, manu...
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
CACTUS......
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
CACTUS......
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
CACTUS......
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
CACTUS......
RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
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RE: Michiel Burgers Personal Photo Collection by Michiel Burger
On 26 Jan 1977 a rifleman from 6 South African Infantry Battalion died of wounds received in Northern Owamboland. While driving a Unimog vehicle on pipeline patrol, his vehicle detonated two sandwiched Soviet TM-46 Anti-tank mines at Onambutu. He suffered a ruptured liver and lost both legs in the e...
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Mike Odendaals Personal Photo Collection by Mike Odendaal
Infantry School on Parade, 1983 or 1984:...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
This was Charlie Tower taken in 1987...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Patrol filling water bottles at a Waterhole near Okangwati...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Portuguese Air Force Crew posing for a photograph in front of their Squadron 502 Elefantes Noratlas Aircraft....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Portuguese Soldiers from Batalhão de Caçadores 3869 posing for a photograph sometime during early .1974...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Kwêvoël Mk I Horse Transporter. Six of these vehicle were produced for the Army in 1978. Unlike the standard Kwêvoël truck where only the cab was mine-protected, the armoured, mine-protected hull on this vehicle extended the full length of the vehicle resulting in a diminished payload of only 5,54 t...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Seasoned Ouman Veteran Brothers on Patrol between Eenhana and Nkongo....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Ruacana Falls seen during May 1986...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Even Eland 90 Noddy car gun barrels required cleaning from time to time and here we see the crew of one of them doing just that...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Mercedes Benz Truck blown up by a Soviet Anti-Tank Mine near Eenhana in 1976....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Crew of a Eland 90 Noddy Car having a chat with some Brothers in a Buffel Troop Carrier somewhere on Oom Willie se Pad....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Oom Willie se Pad was always known as such throughout the Bush War and was listed on all Operational Maps as Oom Willie. Whether this road has been re-named under Namibian Rule is unknown. I do know however that Oom Willie se Pad has now been tarred. Here is a section of an original Ops Map showing ...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Die herkoms en die ontstaan van 'n Staatspresidentswag met spesiale uniforms hier te lande kan teruggevoer word na die vroee Republikeinse dae met die stigting van die artilleriekorpse deur Presidente Brand en Burgers van die Vrystaatse en Zuid-Afrikaansche Republieke, onde...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Die helmet wat bv in die Pruisiese Weermag gedra is, kan teruggevoer word na Engeland, Oostenryk, Swede, die VSA, Meksiko, Columbie en Bolivie. Sekere militere historici beweer dat die punthelmet oorgeneem is van Tsaar Nicholas van Rusland en dat Frederik Willem dit as 'n p...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Met die oorspronklike instelling van die Staatspresidentswag is besluit am 'n spesiale uniform te antwerp vir die beplande inhuldiging van Dr Donges as Staatspresident op Republiekdag 1967. Aangesien daar genoeg materiaal in voorraad was am die nodige seremoniele uniforms v...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
... Vervolg...

Groen uniform
Die vorm van die eerste en latere uniforms was in 'n mate gebaseer op seremoniele uniforms van die artillerie in sowel die negentiende eeuse Oranje-Vrystaat as die ou Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek. Veral die vorm van hooftooisel was hierop ...
RE: State President's Guard by gert61
UNIFORM VAN DIE STAATSPRESIDENTSWAG - HERKOMS EN TRADISIE deur Lt kdr E.M. Meyers*

Die vyfde verjaardag van die Republiek van Suid-Afrika het by verskeie instansies die behoefte aan 'n prestige militere eenheid asook die heringebruikneming van tradisionele uniforms laat ontstaan. As uitvl...
RE: School of Artillery by johansamin
Unit Song
One of the greatest achievements of the School of Artillery this year has been the birth of the School of Artillery song. The unit song was composed by Cpln Jordaan and MWO van Zyl and approved by the Officer Commanding Colonel Schoonwinkel. The song was practiced by ...
RE: 81 Light Aircraft Flying School SAAF by GrahamDT
GOALS

The purpose of the school is to train pupil pilots to the degree of commercial pilots with the emphasis on Military Discipline and Procedures. Training is with civilian aircraft hired from civilian companies whilst the ground phase is completed by a civilian flying...
RE: 81 Light Aircraft Flying School SAAF by GrahamDT
CHRONOLOGICAL OUTLINE

In February 1988 the Flying School was opened with Major F.D.R. von Allemann in the position of Officer Commanding. Two National Servicemen were at the school in the capacity of Regimental Instructors, for the drill, physical training and discipline...
RE: 81 Light Aircraft Flying School SAAF by GrahamDT
THE HISTORY OF LIGHT AIRCRAFT FLYING SCHOOL OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN AIR FORCE FROM 28 FEBRUARY 1988 TO MARCH 1990

BRIEF SUMMARY REGARDING THE BADGE

Another ultra-rare SAAF unit badge was that of 81 Flying School. This short lived unit was formed ...
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
RE: Johan Conradies Personal Photo Collection by Johancon
February 1988: Here we see some of the 24 Sqn Buccaneers taxiing and taking off at Grootfontein on an H2 bombing mission....
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Equipment, Medals and Operations Posts
RE: R-4 5.56 mm Assault Rifle by host
Standard Army Issue Cleaning Kit for the R4 rifle......
RE: R-4 5.56 mm Assault Rifle by host
An ammunition case containing 20 boxes of 5.56x45mm NATO BALL cartridges for the R4 rifle......
RE: R-4 5.56 mm Assault Rifle by host
The R4 Assault Rifle standing on its bipod:...
RE: R-4 5.56 mm Assault Rifle by host
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RE: R-4 5.56 mm Assault Rifle by host
Development
The Galil is often described as an AK-47 firing NATO 5,56 mm rounds. The change in caliber resulted in many of the working parts differing from those of their Soviet counterpart. The Galil proved to be very effective in action and has been exported. The R4 is the South Africa manufactured (under licence) Galil. The R4 incorporates a number of changes resulting mainly from the experience in the South African and Namibian bush, including strengthening to withstand long hard use far away from any armoury. The butt has also been lengthened to suit the larger frame of the South African soldier....
RE: R-4 5.56 mm Assault Rifle by host
History
Following the Six day war of 1967, the Israel Defence Forces turned their attention to a rifle more suited to their requirements than the FN FAL in use at the time. The new weapon should be capable of firing the 5,56 mm x 45 cartridge used in the American M16. Trials were carried out in the desert including the M16, the Russian AK-47 and the Netherlands' Stoner rifle. The Israeli designed Galil came closest to meeting the criteria and production started in 1972....
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
A close-up photograph of the Skyshout Loudspeaker System and 20mm Cannon on the C-47 Dakota 6859 Dragonship....
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
C-47 Dakota 6859 Dragonship, also equipped with a Skyshout system seen in the doorway alongside the 20mm canon, rests quietly in the afternoon sun at Air Force Base Ondangwa in preparation for a night Lunar Ops Mission. The C-47 Dakota used to drop the Airborne Fire-Force Brothers during Lunar Ops should the need arise, can be seen standing in the background. C-47 6859 is now at the SAAF Museum, AFB Swartkop....
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
Here we see our friendly C-47 Dakota 6892 flying the weekly Rum Run at low level on its way from Air Force Base Ondangwa to Ruacana to deliver wet rations, post and all the other nice items to the Brothers stationed there....
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
Some nostalgia as we look down the 44 Squadron AFB Swartkop Flight Line of C-47 Dakotas and DC-4 Skymasters where daily general maintenance is in progress. (WO I Deon Rowles Photograph)...
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
While this 35 Squadron C-47TP Dakota carries out its maritime reconnaissance duties up above, the Navy down below is doing whatever it does best. (SAAF Museum Collection)...
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
There is much gladness and a lot of smiling faces today in Eenhana as the weekly schedule C-47 comes in to land, bringing in rations, ammunition, post from home, spares, supplies and equipment plus a whole host of small creature comforts for the manne at this Forward Operations Base....
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
Rare photograph of 44 Squadron SAAF C-47 Dakotas taken on 11 May 1966 as they were being prepared for the Republic Day celebrations on 31 May 1966 (SAAF Museum Collection)...
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
Our C-47 Dakota 6853 Angel of Mercy Ambulance Aircraft seen here on a Casevac Mission. The SAAF career of this aircraft came to an end when she was put up for Sale on an ARMSCOR Tender on 24 August 1997. During her time with the SAAF, this aircraft saved the lives of many Brothers and Sisters as well as many members of Serving Members next-of-kin. This aircraft operated in camouflage colours during the Bush War....
RE: DC-3/C-47 Dakota by GrahamDT
The Youngsfield Anti-Aircraft Gunner Brothers will remember C-47 Dakota 6877 that was used to tow the gun targets, better known in the Air Force as the "Dazzle Dak". This aircraft was later converted into a C-47TP Turbo Dak but was severely damaged at Umtata Airport on 07 November 2012 when the aircraft left the runway and ended up in a ditch. The aircraft was recovered but subsequently written off....
RE: Bosbok by GrahamDT
42 Squadron Aermacchi AM-3C Bosbok 941 waits patiently at Eenhana for the next Mission Tasking....
RE: SKS Simonov Carbine by host
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RE: SKS Simonov Carbine by host
The SKS is a 7.62x39-mm self-loading rifle, which is gas operated of conventional design with a charger-loaded, 10-round, box magazine enclosed inside the receiver. There is a catch below the receiver, behind the magazine, which when pressed releases the bottom plate of the magazine to allow rapid unloading. It has a permanently attached folding-blade bayonet. It is now regarded as obsolete; however, it is significant for Iraq due to its ability to fire FAZ rifle grenades (FAZ rifle grenade attachment shown on bottom picture).
To load the rifle, the cocking handle on the right of the bolt is retracted, and the bolt will be held to the rear by the bolt hold-open device. The SKS is loaded using a 10-round charger, which is placed in the charger guides on the front face of the bolt carrier; the top cartridge is pressed firmly downwards until all 10 cartridges are held within the integral magazine. When the 10 rounds are in the magazine, the charger is removed....
Comment by host
First designed and produced during the closing stages of World War II, the SKS was the first Soviet weapon to use the now standard 7.62 mm intermediate cartridge.
The action of the weapon is locked by the bolt being tilted into lugs in the receiver by the bolt carrier. The gas system uses a piston with a piston-rod to unlock the action and force it to the rear for the first 20 mm, thereafter inertia takes over, combined with the return-spring to complete the loading cycle. The SKS is loaded using either a 10 round charger (or stripper clip) or individual rounds. The magazine is non-detachable, but it can swing downwards, allowing rounds to be spilled out during unloading. It also has a permanently attached folding bayonet. No longer in first-line service with the Soviet Army since the late 70s, it was still used in most communist countries up to the late 80s and early 90s, including Angola. It is still widely used for ceremonial purposes, especially the Russian honor guards
The SKS was a stop-gap until the arrival of the newer AK-47, and was to be a fallback if the AK-47 design proved to be a failure.
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RE: R-1 7.62 mm Rifle by host
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