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Re: Exclusive Photo Gallery of Operation Protea added
I was at Ladysmith 5 SAI from July 1980 and was a rifleman in OPS Protea went through Ondjiva Xangongo and Pupu And was hoping to get some photos I could recognise I was in Charlie company i...
Posted on: 19 October 2020
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 asking for more info and pictures of the incident
We want to do a short film about Katima and would like to have more information about the town of Katima and also your thoughts on what you think shaped the region...
Posted on: 1 September 2020
Re: 23rd of August 1978 01h15 I remember it distinctly.
I was in the mortar platoon of B Company 3 SAI based in Wenela. We, along with all others, returned fire across the cutline at Katima Zambia. I will always remember this day, like any veteran remembers as one filled with noise, but you did your job. I don'...
Posted on: 24 August 2020
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 Die WarBlogs is 'n heeltemal aparte portaal van die 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
Top Posts
CHALLENGE. Southern Africa within the African Revolutionary Context, by Al J. Venter by host
Southern Africa within the African Revolutionary Context. 526 pages with index and HUGE amount of photographs from one of the world's ultimate war correspondents. First edition hardcover published by...
RE: SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOURED VEHICLES: A History of Innovation and Excellence, by Dr Dewald Venter by host
Here are what some of the reviewers thought of the book: Major General (ret) Roland de Vries - Brilliant and well researched! Lt. Col. (ret) J. French, SANDF Weapons Systems Officer Tanks ...
Option for the Sword: N.A. by Pedro Marangoni, Translated by Robert Anderson by host
An anti communist fighter involved in the Portuguese wars to save Angola and Mozambique from communist takeover in the 1970's, Rhodesia Special Branch, French and Spanish Foreign Legion,and lots of a...
RE: Buffalo Battalion: South Africa's 32 Battalion - A Tale of Sacrifice, by LJ Bothma by chris1961
Ek hou baie van sy boek oor die 32Bn Eenheid. Ek het dit baie geniet om die boek van bladsy 1 af tot aan die einde te lees. Dit laat 'n mens voel of jy self deel is van die Eenheid wat geveg het teen...
SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOURED VEHICLES: A History of Innovation and Excellence, by Dr Dewald Venter by host
AFRICA@WAR SERIES: VOLUME 49 SOUTH AFRICAN ARMOURED VEHICLES: A History of Innovation and Excellence During the Cold War, Africa became a prime location for proxy wars between the East and th...
RE: Battle for Luso, 1975 by 24B
“Blue Sky”was Lt van Zyl’s callsign. There was no van Jaarsveld, but I can understand a mix up after all these years. Reveal your name and I’ll tell you what troop you were in. Norman Morrow was a d...
RE: Battle for Luso, 1975 by 24B
This doesn’t sound right. No armoured cars flew into Luso with Fred Rindel. We flew to Silva Porto and then by train and then fought our way to Luso.
Building Bridges. Namibian Nationalists Clemens Kapuuo, Hosea Kutako, Brendan Simbwaye, Samuel Witbooi, by Israel Goldblatt by host
Windhoek in the early 1960s: the 34-year-old politician Clemens Kapuuo knocks at the door of the senior advocate Israel Goldblatt to solicit advice regarding the myriad of difficulties encountered by...
Onvertelde verhale van SAKK soldate, deur William Sam by host
In my eerste boek getiteld, My loopbaan as bruin soldaat, praat ek van die oorlog in Ovomboland wat jo agtervolg soos jou skaduwee, oral waar jy is, is die stories ook. Maar ek het gedink dis net met...
Buffalo Battalion: South Africa's 32 Battalion - A Tale of Sacrifice, by LJ Bothma by host
By August 1974 the Portuguese had all but abandoned Angola, its erstwhile colony, and there was a fear in both the Intelligence services of South Africa and America that the country was likely to fal...
Soldaat en mens. by General Georg Meiring by host
Soldaat en Mens- General Georg Meiring’s autobiography now available. I am extremely excited and honoured to announce that South African(National) Defence Force Chief, General Georg Meiring’...
Simon’s Town Dockyard - The First Hundred Years., by host
Provides a comprehensive history of the East Dockyard at Simon's Town and it's influence on the town that was erected around it. Title: Simon's Town Dockyard: The First Hundred Years Contribu...
RE: Executive Outcome. Mercenary Intervention in Angola and Sierra Leone, 1993-1996 (Africa@War Series 12), by Andrew Hudson by host
From Andy Miles: I can confirm that Helion never published this title.
RE: Executive Outcome. Mercenary Intervention in Angola and Sierra Leone, 1993-1996 (Africa@War Series 12), by Andrew Hudson by host
I understand from Mara Marx of Bush War Books that this book was never published... Thank you for letting me know, Mara ;-)
Move The Border: A History of the Greatest Battles of the Angolan Border War 1966-1989, by Marius Scheepers by host
An account which strives to place the war which South Africa fought in Angola in a historically meaningful perspective. Although the conflict initially centered on the opposing agendas of the SADF an...
6mm FAPLA/Cuban Infantry by Rakkasan
Cheers, I figured I'd start a new thread rather than necropost an old one. I am looking to getting started in 6mm gaming, I have found the South African infantry listed in the gaming section, bu...
RE: WHY did the SADF withdraw out of Angola? by johansamin
My reply on the page was as follows: War In Angola to Bores Kavela: "Because it was never our intention to destroy the Angolan/Cuban forces. We did not want to capture Luanda or Cuito Cuanavale ...
WHY did the SADF withdraw out of Angola? by johansamin
On the War In Angola Facebook Page, Bores Kavela asked some really valid questions about why the SADF had withdrawn out of Angola. To quote him: "So why did you leave? The most powerful army eve...
An essential element to improve your visibility on the Internet by carolhensley
85% of consumers look for a professional on Google before contacting them: either to reassure themselves after a recommendation or to compare with other professionals. Based on this observation, it is...
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
Have you ever wondered, how celebrities daily engage their audience by writing wonderful content on social media? As all of us know about their daily busy schedule, all of this is possible because th...
testing 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:
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 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:
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 ( 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? ...
User Posts
RE: Manuel Ferreiras Personal Photo Collection by Manuel
32 Battalion - Buffalo Base Capt Mack Mc Callum (RIP) Photo courtesy Mariette Laubsher...
RE: Manuel Ferreiras Personal Photo Collection by Manuel
Col André Diedericks HCS,HC,SM,MMM & WOI Neves Matias HC, PMM...
RE: Manuel Ferreiras Personal Photo Collection by Manuel
From Left to Right: Chief of the Ciskei DF, Chief of the SADF, Chief of the Transkei DF, Chief of the Bophutswana DF and the Chief of the Venda DF...
RE: Manuel Ferreiras Personal Photo Collection by Manuel
'32 Battalion township patrols' (Photo from PARATUS)...
RE: 3 South African Infantry Battalion by 17 Field
Hi Nic
I would be a liar if I said I remembered you, but I too was at Sibinda (and can find very little records about it). I did my training in Bethlehem (17 Field) and in about May 1973 we drove a Bedford convoy of people and equipment from SA to Katima. From there I was posted to Sibinda whe...
Jeanne Fourie by Foxcat123
Looking for information on BKD 5 BOD My late Father served in Angola under this badge. Also if anyone served in the same unit, would love to hear from you. Cannot find an...
RE: Roy Morriss Personal Photo Collection by BRUSH82
Our camp at Grootfontein between 1981 and 1983. We were part of 5 Signal Regiment under Captain Kessner. We were Bush Reconnaissance Unit for Signal Headquarters (BRUSH). We gathered military intelligence by means of Search task (recording SWAPO messages), Direction finding (to pinpoint SWAPO’s exac...
RE: Roy Morriss Personal Photo Collection by BRUSH82
Our camp at Grootfontein between 1981 and 1983. We were part of 5 Signal Regiment under Captain Kessner. We were Bush Reconnaissance Unit for Signal Headquarters (BRUSH). We gathered military intelligence by means of Search task (recording SWAPO messages), Direction finding (to pinpoint SWAPO’s exac...
RE: Roy Morriss Personal Photo Collection by BRUSH82
Our camp at Grootfontein between 1981 and 1983. We were part of 5 Signal Regiment under Captain Kessner. We were Bush Reconnaissance Unit for Signal Headquarters (BRUSH). We gathered military intelligence by means of Search task (recording SWAPO messages), Direction finding (to pinpoint SWAPO’s exac...
RE: Roy Morriss Personal Photo Collection by BRUSH82
Our camp at Grootfontein between 1981 and 1983. We were part of 5 Signal Regiment under Captain Kessner. We were Bush Reconnaissance Unit for Signal Headquarters (BRUSH). We gathered military intelligence by means of Search task (recording SWAPO messages), Direction finding (to pinpoint SWAPO’s exac...
RE: Gavin Taylor by
Joined 6 SAI in July 1975 and trained in 81mm Mortars. In Nov 75, was flown in to Silva Porto to join Battle Group X-Ray.
Spent Dec and January in XRay, before returning to Grootfontein. We were then sent back into Angola, firstly to Chitado and then to various other areas in the South of Angol...
RE: Basie Bothmas Personal Photo Collection by BasieB
"Aspirante Fernando", OP post on Chambinga high ground....
RE: 81 Technical Stores Depot by chris1961
Ek het in Jan.1980 by die SAW Leër aangesluit vir 4 jaar. 2de Jan.'80 per trein op na 3SAI Bn te Potchefstroom toe vir my basies. Na twee weke se opleiding is ek af na die Infanterie Skool toe vir JL's. Was in Alpha Komp. gewees. Nadat ek Vasbyt 13 voltooi het, is ons intensief opgelei vir teeninser...
RE: llewellyn Muller by lnjm1958
Hello to all.
Happy to have found this site.
Done basics in Heidelberg 1976 -1 Signal Regiment.Then went to 2 Signal regiment.
After training posted to Pietersburg.
Done a few camps.
Last camp in Sector 10-Ondangwa-Time of Ops Askari.
Thanks -Best wishes to all.
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
K-9 on Patrol somewhere along the Mocambique Border...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
SAAF & Rhodesian Air Force Choppers refuelling prior to Ops URIC in Mocambique....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Air Force 250-Man Field Kitchen in the Operational Area...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Test Flight Development Centre (TFDC) at Bredasdorp...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Lookout Tower at Nova Base in the Caprivi...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
The 140mm G2 Medium Guns at Hurricane Base wait patiently for a fire support mission tasking....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
The Ghost Town of Calai seen from the River Bank at Rundu...

RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Angolan Refugee Processing Centre at Raucana. Ops Savannah 1975_76...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
30 Squadron Puma seen here aboard SAS Tafelberg preparing for take-off...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
A scene at AFB Grootfontein Movement Control during Ops Savannah 1975-76...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
UNTAG Lockheed C-5 Galaxy at AFB Grootfontein in 1989...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Wreck of Puma 132 in the Bush near Cuvelai, Southern Angola...
RE: Richard Middleton s Personal Photo Collection by Middles
Oshakati Sept-86 "min dae"...
RE: Richard Middleton s Personal Photo Collection by Middles
Medals presentation 2019...
RE: Richard Middleton s Personal Photo Collection by Middles
Oshakati Sept-86...
RE: Richard Middleton s Personal Photo Collection by Middles
Oshakati Sept-86...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Nothing like the sound of an Alouette III Helicopter Gunship approaching when things on the ground were starting to become a little unstuck !!! One of the most useful and versatile Helicopters ever operated....
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
101 Battalion SWATF Romeo Mike members carrying one of their wounded to a waiting Puma Casevac Helicopter...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
101 Battalion SWATF Recruits "Square-bashing" on the Parade Ground.(Photographer Unknown)...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
A view of the 101 Battalion SWATF Officers Mess...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
C160Z Transall "Arriving" at AFB Ondangwa off the Ops Descent...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
Some of our Ratel Brothers dropped by to do some vehicle refueling...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
4 Field Regiment 25 Pounder Field Gun in Action during Ops Savannah...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
AFB Ondangwa HQ Complex...
RE: Graham du Toits Personal Photo Collection by GrahamDT
A very unhappy looking former Strikecraft SAS Rene Sethren P1566 (Ex Oswald Pirow) awaiting a decision regarding her future....
RE: Johann Bothas Personal Photo Collection by
Miltere argief foto...
RE: Johann Bothas Personal Photo Collection by
Miltere argief foto nr 5912...
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Militere argief foto nr 991-5914...
RE: Gerard Van Rooyens Personal Photo Collection by SuperKwagga
Die Buffel het 'n myn getrap tydens die begin van ons beweging op die kaplyn oppad na Eenhana. Sappeurs het die hele roete gevee vir myne maar die enigste myn wat op daai roete was gemis!...
RE: Gerard Van Rooyens Personal Photo Collection by SuperKwagga
Gebuite Swapo 60mm mortier
RE: Gerard Van Rooyens Personal Photo Collection by SuperKwagga
Gerard Back se Eland 90 (Tango 33) het sonder sy modderskerms en ditch plates teruggekom wat afgebreek het a.g.v. al die "bundu-bashing"...
RE: Gerard Van Rooyens Personal Photo Collection by SuperKwagga
Hierdie was Kmdt Dippenaar se bevels Ratel vir Operasie Sceptic. Op dag D+1 het die Ratel 'n myn getrap 20m vanaf my Pantserkar. Genl Constand Viljoen was ook in die Ratel en genadiglik het niemand iets oorgekom nie.
n Deel van die band het op my Bravo kar (35B) geval en toe skree hulle op die ...
RE: Gerard Van Rooyens Personal Photo Collection by SuperKwagga
Na die ops verby was het ek en my troepe hierdie haarsny "salon" ontwerp en gebou. Alle materiaal het ons ge-"bum" by mense en besighede op Tsumeb. 👊...
RE: Gerard Van Rooyens Personal Photo Collection by SuperKwagga
2de Lt Danie Hugo wys hier een van die koeëlgate uit....
RE: Gerard Van Rooyens Personal Photo Collection by SuperKwagga
Ratel 21 wat deur die deur geskiet is met 'n 14.5 mm lugafweer kanon. Dit het ammunisie laat ontplof binne die Ratel wat 'n paar manne se lewe gekos het. Die voertuig het heeltemal uitgebrand. Die gate is duidelik sigbaar op die kant van die voertuig hier....
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Equipment, Medals and Operations Posts
RE: Operation Sausage II by host
What was the involvement of the SAAF?...
RE: Exercise Thunder Chariot by host
For a High(er) Quality Image of the Thunder Chariot Emblem, click here......
RE: Operation Argon by host
LAASTE HOOFSTUK: Erewag vir twee helde uit Angola
Deur kapt André van de Venter

DIE lyke van maj Wynand du Toit se twee makkers wat in Angola gesneuwel het gedurende die patrollie waarin hy gevange geneem is, het per vliegtuig uit Luanda op die Lugmagbasis Ysterplaat in Kaapstad aangekom.

'n Erewag het op die aanloopbaan die lyke van kpl Louis Pieter van Breda en kpl Rowland Ridgard Liebenberg - albei was 25 - ingewag. Maj Du Toit self, asook verskeie ander Weermagoffisiere en familielede van die oorledenes het op die koms van die vliegtuig gewag.

Die oorskotte van die twee Suid-Afrikaanse soldate is met 'n vragvliegtuig van die SA Lugmag in Luanda afgehaal en terselfdertyd is 12 Angolese soldata aan dié land se regering oorhandig. Die uitruilooreenkomns maak deel uit van dieselfde ooreenkoms waarin maj Du Toit in September verlede jaar uitgeruil is vir die Hollander Klaas de Jonge en die Fransman Pierre André Albertini.

Maj Du Toit, toe 'n kaptein, was sedert Mei 1985 in 'n tronk in Luanda aangehou nadat hy tydens 'n patrollie in die noorde van Angola gevange geneem is. Sy twee makkers, kpl Libenberg en kpl Van Breda, het tydens 'n skremutseling by dié geleentheid gesneuwel. Hul lyke is in Luanda gehou en nou eers aan Suid-Afrika besorg.

Mnr R.F. Botha, Minister van Buitelandse Sake, het in 'n verklaring die Regering se dank betuig teenoor alle betrokkenes wat tot die geslaagde afhandeling van die uitruiling gelei het.


Foto: Lede van die Staatspresidentswag marsjeer met die oorskotte van kpl Louis van Breda en kpl Rowland Liebenberg nadat dit by die lugmagbasis Ysterplaat in Kaapstad aangekom het....

...were then on our way to a place called General Machado and then took the train to General Machado. We had left very early and arrived at General Machado at about four o'clock in the afternoon, where we offloaded and moved into a camp.

= Did you offload there? =

We offloaded off at General Machado because we were not sure where the enemy was. We would drive on from there by road. We formed a laager that evening and met a group of refugees who were now starting to retreat all over again. Then we realized we that we were now relatively close to the enemy. From there we moved forward to a village with the naan of Cangonga, where we deployed. Here we encountered the UNITA forces which were by then fully engaged in retreat.

The Cmdt then went to talk to the people and he was informed that the MPLA forces were very close. We just slept there that night at a place, and we moved again the next day and slept on Munhango that night. It was the 29th. On the 30th we were now moving forward to deploy these people again; we prepared anti-tank defensive positions. We tried to deploy the UNITA forces. Insurmountable language problems, and we did not know each other. It was basically a mess.

= Have you personally deployed these armoured cars? =

Yes. I was appointed as the advance-guard commander at that time. Normally we divide a force into an advance guard, the main force, and the rear guard. Basically, the part of the force that was now going to fight the battle were deployed in the advance guard. This included the armored personnel carriers, the artillery battery ....

= Was there a whole battery? =...
1 Special Service Battalion:...

... to stop the thing. These were UNITA forces that started in the Luso area and were pushed back by the MPLA. The problem was getting to them in time. The commander and I then decided - it was Col Kotzé - we flew up and looked at the matter with President Savimbi.

= How far did you fly? =

We flew to a village called Cassamba. Then we came back ....

= What was there on Cassamba? Did you see people there? =

Yes, well, we could see the forces deployed on the ground; we could see the locals fleeing from the east. Then our biggest problem was getting our force there because the roads in this area of ​​Silva Porto and further east were very bad. Then we got the plan to get a ride on the train. We assembled railway trucks that had belonged to Zaire and the Benguela Railway Company. We got hold of a locomotive - one of the old wood burning locomotives - a train driver ....

= Was there another driver in the area? =

Yes, the people were still on Silva Porto even though the line was no longer functioning. We then had to get the station running again, got the trucks together and load. The charging started. The date of the loading I cannot ... I do not know; I can possibly take it out here. The day we boarded the train was November 28th.

= What was loaded on the train? =

The armored cars were loaded on the train, the cannons were loaded on the train and the troops were loaded on the train. The light vehicles - the Unimogs and the Landrovers that could travel on the road -...

I was in Bloemfontein and I went up with 1 SSB.

= Have you been at 1 SSB? =

Yes, I was at 1 SSB.

= Did you go up with your armored cars or what? =

Well, the whole regiment was mobilized for Savannah. I can not clearly remember the dates now. I think it was the Monday I think the 25th / Consult personal documents./ No. We were on our way out of Bloemfontein on the 19th. The 19th of November, by train, with our armored cars - the whole regiment was called up. We arrived at Grootfontein on Friday night at about twelve o'clock. Then I was the first element to be flown in. We then went in on Monday to basically set up a bridgehead on Silva Porto. We left on Monday morning the 5th. I can no longer remember pretty well. It took such a matter of three to four days to get the fighting group together.

= Where were you then housed at Silva Porto? =

We then moved into the old Catholic convent.

= You were then in the monastery =

Yes, we were then the first inhabitants of the monastery, which was later converted to the Maintenance Unit, at Silva Porto.

= Was it ... =

1 Maintenance Unit was located there. Kmdt van Vuuren had been there. We were basically grouped together there. The commander arrived. The battle group developed. The battle group was initially known as Battle Group X-Ray. Our first task then was to get the UNITA forces, which were basically pushed to the west, to......

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hoe ver hierdie ding geloop het voor by in 'n sloot ingeval het en daar gaan staan het. Die ander is vernietig binne in-met bene wat uitgeblaas is en ....

= Majoor, is dit jou heiligdom hierdie? =
/Gesels oor inhoud van boek /

Ons karre het gehawend gelyk na. Luso.

= Het hulle vir julle vars onderdele ingevlieg of moes julle alles plaaslik kry? =

Nee, ons het alles plaaslik gedoen; maar daar ingebreek - winkels en goed in Luso, maar die nodige geld daar uitgehaal.

= Het julle 'n TDK-element gehad? =

Ja, ons het 'n toegevoegde TDK-element gehad.


Bogenoemde verteenwoordig my herinneringe aan Operasie Savannah.


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"want toe is dit net stukke .... Dit was een van ons “treats” gewees om - ons is mos nou die ou manne in die oorlog, dan kom die ouens aan. Dan wil hulle altyd die Luso Monster sien. Dan kom hulle nou mooi vars aan, geskeer. Dan sê ons, "Kom ons gaan wys jou die Luso Monster." Dan vat ons hom daar bo-op "Boaaaaargh,” "pass" hy uit. Dan is hy nou so siek soos 'n hond.

+ Was die lyke nog daarin? +

Ja, alles nog daarin. Stukke bene, boude en vleis ....

= Hulle het sakke vol van hulle opgetel =

+ Hoeveel mense was op die monster? +

Ons het die ding uitgewerk op 18, van die stukke wat ons aanmekaar kon sit, dat dit 18 mense was. Daar het byvoorbeeld een man die volgende oggend, toe ons nou na die ding gaan kyk die 11de Desember, by die rusper agter het daar so 'n kol gelê; so 'n nat kol en deur dit wat jy op skool geleer het kon jy nou 'n mens uit hierdie ding uitmaak. Die twee heupbene, die bene was weg maar die twee heupbene net nog daar gesit. Jy kon sy lewer sy maag en die kop bo-op, maar van die slag van die ontploffing lyk dit of sy vel net eenvoudig padgegee het, want al sy binnegoed het net so gesak, soos 'n eier wat jy oopbreek. Dan wil almal net die Luso Monster sien. Ons het 'n geweldige gevoel gehad teen hierdie poeierkwas-tipes wat op Grootfontein sit en ons moet die oorlog baklei en dan vat ons hom en sê daar is hy. "Boaaargh," daar lê die ou. Toe op die ou einde toe begin hierdie ding baie stink, want by het nie baie ver gelê nie. Toe het ek en sers-maj Barnard gegaan en 'n klomp Aftur dromme wat daar gelê het binne in gegooi - brandstof - diesel binne ingegooi. Toe skiet ons hom aan die brand - jy het so vir twee drie dae gebrand. Die reuk was vieslik, maar daarna het dit aangegaan.

= Hy het seker ten minste ses skote deur hom gehad? =

Nee, daar was agt skote wat hom getref het. Daai eerste ou wat hulle uitgeskiet net - hulle het hom so op 500 tree die eerste keer gevang - maar daai eerste ou - waar ek gestaan net het ek daai ou bo die wal sien uitkom. Daai ou is seker goed vyftig, sestig, vt in die lug ingeskiet. Dis nou waar ons uitgewerk net

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paar ander mense; "De Beer wat 'n vleiswond in sy boud gehad het en 'n paar van my troepe" , Du Plessis wat goed in sy nek gekry net. Ons het geen groot - selfs hierdie ander klein goedjies het ons nie oor gepraat nie - geen verliese gehad nie. Fletcher se geval ook maar daar is niemand dood nie.

= Weet jy dat - Luso, Luso was sover ek kan vasstel die geveg met die meeste vyandelike verliese wat ons toegedien net. =

Wel laat ek jou sê, Luso het lelike goed gehad ....

= By Brug 14 met die artillerietweegeveg net ons ook 'n klomp daar uitgeskiet, maar 'n mens weet nie hoeveel nie. Hulle praat van 300 ongevalle en dit sluit gewondes in. Het julle 250 dooies gehad op Luso? =

Dit is wat ons getel het op die lughawekompleks, maar ons het nie dorp toe gegaan en die lyke in die dorp getel nie. Wat ek gemaak het is maar - wel toe kom ons nou agter op Luso dat hier gaan 'n gesondheids-probleem kom, want die lyke het begin swel en dis waar ek vir die eerste keer gesien het dat varke eet mense. Toe sê die kmdt ons moet die dorp skoonmaak. Nou ons pantser-ouens net almal doodgeskiet. Toe kom ons maar op die ou einde bymekaar. Toe sê ek wel, jy het daar baklei groep 1, dis jou lyke groep 2 julle het daar bakiel en daai lyke is joue, maar toe kon ons dit nie doen nie want in die tropiese hitte het die lyke al begin ontbind en ag voor die manne kon vat aan die goed - ons was toe al hard en taai - het die manne al begin siek word. Toe het ons naderhand uit so 'n tipe regeringsgarage het ons een van hierdie "front-end loaders" in die hande gekry. Toe het ons maar die ding bestuur en ons het lang pale gekry. Dan sit ons die laaigraaf plat op die pad tot by die lyk. Dan vat ons stompe en dan rol ons die lyk so in en dan het ons maar die goed begrawe. Dieselfde ding - ons was geweldig vies op 'n stadium, want brig Schoeman het daar aangekom en gesê hy wil die Luso Monster hê as 'n monument op Rundu en ons moet die ding skoonmaak en vir hom terugstuur. Toe het ek net gesê, "Oor my dooie liggaam. Hier is ek. Sit my onder arres. Sluit my toe, maar ek maak nie daai ding skoon nie en ek sê vir niemand om hom skoon to maak nie,

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Dit was nie met júlle onttrekking wat die ammunisietrok op die pad aan die brand geraak het nie? =

Nee, dit was met Cela se onttrekking. Nee, ons het geen – ons onttrekking het goedgegaan. Pit was net Onderhoudseenheid se gemors op die pad - drywers wat nie hulle voertuie kon hanteer nie. Toe gery. Toe ons die voigende oggend ry, het Piper daar agtergebly en ons het toe onttrek. Oor die brug by Caiundo - daar het one weer gesels met anaer elemente van Piper - maar ook gelag vir Piper wat op daai stadium op UNITAS geskiet het by pad-blokkades en sulke dinge.

Piper het - van Piper se mense het ons gewaarsku dat SWAPO langs die pad is, maar ons het maar toe gelag vir SWAPO op daai stadium; redelik lus vir SWAPO weer, om met jou eie vyand te baklei. So 'n ent af met die pad het ons toe 'n lorrie gekry - kamstig SWAPO’s wat hulle doodgeskiet het. Toe is dit 'n klomp UNITA’s wat hulle ge-“tackie” het : FNLA troepe / wat UNITA aangeval het /.

= Was dlt toe Piper se mense? =

Ja, Piper se burgermagelemente. Hulle net toe seker die lorrie vir SWAPO's aangesien en hulle gekap.

= Ek weet hulle het waarskuwing gehad vir SWAPO. Dit is hoekom hullo daar moes wees =

Maar hulle was vreesiik vreesbevange en hulle wou by ons weet hoe skiet die ouens, hoe baklei hulle, maar ons was op daai stadium nie lus om met enigeen te praat nie. Dit was net ‘n kwessie van huis toe. Ons is toe daar deur, daai aand weer geslaap op 'n plek, die volgende dag 'n ent gery ....

= Het julle op Katuitui geslaap duskant die spoor of op Savati? =

Twaalfuur daai aand het ons op Savati geslaap. Daar net ons nou so 'n finale dankseggingsdiens gehad met padre Russell, want ons was 'n Veggroep wat toe geen verliese gely het nie - behalwe vir Delham - geen ander mense ....

= Delham en Roelofse .... =

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Daar was nog redelik Portugese – blankes, Ek kan onthou van ‘n Chinese vrou wat in die buitewyke by die sokkerstadion gebly het. Daar was nog 'n paar. Hierdie was 'n Chinees, twee Chinese vroue wat daar gebly het. Daar op die lughawe gesit, toe het die kmdt my kom haal en ons is na die brigadier toe; brig Roos toe. Toe het hy vir my gesê ek moet agterhoedebevelvoerder wees vir die onttrekking uit Silva Porto uit. Ek moes toe wag tot die laaste. Daai middag moes twee Zaïre Lugmag Herkules vliegtuie inkom met ammunisie vir UNITA. Ek moes die lughawe hou tot tyd en wyl die Zaire element weg is. Dit het onaangenaam gevoel - hier ry almal; ons sit nog en die swartetjies kyk vir ons. Hoe meer ons vra, "Wanneer kom die viiegtuig?" hoe minder sê die ou vir ons wanneer kom die vliegtuig. Ons net genoeg verstand gehad om te besef dat MPLA seker baie sterk op die aanmars is. Die laaste vliegtuig het seker so 20 voor 5 ingekom so toe is ons met 'n maksimum spoed daar weg! Ons het gery - dwarsdeur die nag gery ….

= Watter pad net julle toe gery? Sa Da Bandeira of Serpa? =

Toe kom ons af Serpa toe. Ons het geweldige probleme gehad, want voor my agterhoedemag (wat die pantserkareskadron was en 'n troep artillerie en peloton infanterie) was hierdie hele Onderhouds-eenheid se voertuie en die goed breek en staan. Ons net 'n hele paar van die goed daar van die pad afgestoot wat nie meer 'n ekonomiese saak was nie en aan die brand gesteek. Hierdie ou Portugese wrakke wat hulle saam het, het vir ons probleme gegee. Ons het die aand in Serpa Pinto aangekom in die swaarste reën wat ek in my lewe gesien het - 20 oor 5 die oggend, net so voor eerste lig. Toe is ons geweldig moeg en ek het daai aand gesien ouens - wat in water wat só diep loop op die teeraanloopbane - het daar gaan lê en slaap op die teer in die water. Hy lig net sy kop op met 'n sak or 'n ding en net so het hulle gelê en slaap, so moeg was hulle. Ons het daai hele dag op Serpa Pinto gebly - daai aand daar geslaap. Die volgende oggend is ons toe daar weg - ons het vir Veggroep Piper daar gelos om die lughawe te hou ....

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= Met ander woorde julle het toe nie probleme gehad om vir hulle te vertel dat julle gaan onttrek nie =

Nee. Nee ons het toe net gery. Ons het toe vir die bevelvoerder op Mungo gaan sê dat one gaan onttrek. Ons het ook die brug vir hom voorberei vir vernieling - plofstofladings geplaas, geboor en alles en vir hom gewys hoe om die goed te skiet. So hulle het geweet ons ry. Ek dink dis twee brûe wat ons voorberei het ....

= Hoe groot was hulle elemente op Mungo gewees ongeveer? =

So twee kompanies - 2 na 300 man. Wel ons het toe onttrek en op Silva Porto aangekom. Die ouens was baie moeg. Al die magte was toe al daar - ons het mekaar so bietjie begin groet ....

= Het julle in die donker gery ? =

Dwarsdeur die nag.

= Ek bedoel julle het nie ligte aangesit nie. =

Nee, geen ligte - in die donker. Geweldig baie probleme gehad drywers - as jy halt vir 'n paar minute dan raak die drywertjies aan die slaap, maar ons het toe ongeluksvry gery tot daar. Op Silva Porto maar weer hewig gegroet onder mekaar. Dit was toe baie aardig die keer, want ons moes toe van die stasie af dwarsdeur Silva Porto ry om by die vliegveld te kom. Waar jy in die verlede die held was - allerhande soorte van dinge wat ons nou al as normaal aanvaar het, was die plaaslike bevolking hierdie keer net die teenoorgestelde. Toe het hulle al begin weet die Suid¬Afrikaners gaan onttrek....

= Was hulle toe vyandiggesindheid? =

Ja wel nie vyandig nie, maar hulle het jou begin so snaaks aankyk. Ons het toe op die lugnawe gaan sit ....

+ Was dit net swart bevolking of was daar nog Portugese? +

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Inligting wat ons ontvang het ....

= Van hoofkwartier af? =

Van hoofkwartier af en dit was in opdrag van hoofkwartier, want ek dink Zulu het probeer mense uitstuur om die brûe te gaan opblaas en dit het nie gewerk nie. Toe het ons een keer probeer. Dit het nie gewerk nie. Toe het ek gegaan ....

= Het jy hulle toe gekry? =

Ek het hulle toe gekry.

= Was dit drie brûe? =

Drie brûe en die brûe is vernietig toe.

Toe op die 19de ek dink dit was die 19de het brig Ben de Wet Roos daar aangekom met 'n helikopter. Hy net eers die dag verdwaal bietjie en gesukkel om ons stellings te kry. Ons moos hulle inpraat op die helicopter - naderhand die helikopter ingekry. Toe het hy daar met die kmdt gepraat en toe by klaar is toe roep die kmdt en sê vir my ons moet maar begin planne maak - ons ry maar ons moet niks sê vooraf, voor ons die ding kry nie.

Op die oggend van die 20ste Januarie het ons opdrag gekry om te onttrek. Ons onttrekking is toe basies gereël. Toe skuif ek agtertoe as die agterdekkingsbevelvoerder. Ons het toe daai aand van die 20ste Januarie het ons uit die stellings uitbeweeg; die stellings finaal ontruim. Tienuur daai aand toe begin ons ry dwarsdeur die aand gery en ons het toe die volgende oggend op Silva Porto aangekom.

= Julie het nie swart troepe daar by julle gehad nie? =

Nee, op daai stadium toe ons weg is van Silva Porto, is ons weg sonder / swart / troepe. Die naaste swart troepe op daardie stadium het op Andulo gebly.

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wys op kaart / Jy sien hier het ons nou ontplooi met Orange hierso en Foxbat in hierdie gebied. Foxbat was nou sentraal - waar one in die middel was en Orange aan die flank. Non daar het die dinge baie stil gegaan. Ons net daar in 'n terreinvorm ingetrek wat ons die naam van Boxer's Rest gegee net, want toe het ons non die nuwe naam Boxer gekry - jy weet, Boxer's Rest. Daar in tenkafweerstellings ingegaan, ons mag ontplooi, patrollies uitgevoer. Die dae het 'n man hon begin verveel. Ons het nie mooi geweet wat is wat nou nie. Daar was geen aksie nie. Ons kon nie verder vorentoe gaan nie. Ek is toe 'n taak gegee om by Bimbe brûe te gaan opblaas. Dit was seker so in Januarie gewees. Kapt Muller het eers die task gekry. Toe kon hy hom nie uitvoer nie. Toe dry ek die taak. Op hierdie stadium het ons 'n nuwe padre gekry - padre John Russell, wat nou op Voortrekkerhoogte is.

= Watter datum was dit gewees? =

Hy het saam met ons gery van Silva Porto at. Toe is padre Goodenough terug. Ek probeer nou net dink waar is daai brûe... /kyk op kaart /. Ek moes die brug op Chieni noord van Sanga (Quissecula?) gaan vernietig. Dit was op die 12de Januarie. Ons is toe daar uit — drie brûe gaan opgeblaas en terugbeweeg sonder enige probleme.

+ Is dit nou verder noord? +

Ja, dit is Bimbe om en dan noord op van Bimbe. Daar was op 'n stadium 'n moontlikheid van tenks wat daar sou af beweeg net - T 36 teaks. Toe het ek die brûe gaan opblaas daar rondom Bimbe. Ons het teruggekom. Om en by hierdie tyd … ek het op ... op die 19de Januarie het ons vir die eerste keer die voorlopige beplanning gedoen vir die onttrekking van die RSA magte. Toe gaan ons maar aan met takies. Ons het maar daagliks vorentoe beweeg en terugbeweeg; net daar rond gesit. Hierdie tenks sou gekom het vanaf 'n plek met die naam van Luana as reg onthou /kyk op kaart /.

In ieder geval hierdie tenks sou van bo af gekom het op hierdie roete al na Bimbe toe om dan te probeer om Foxbat te kom ….

= Was dit inligting wat julle ontvang net? =

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onderhoudseenheid, maar in die deel van die eerste OAE-onttrekking het ons begin magte van bo af onttrek en van hierdie magte, van Orange se mag, was reeds terug op Silva Porto. Toe nou weer mekaar ontmoet vir die eerste keen in maande. Baie lekker gekuier. Ek kan net noem Luso sal twee herinneringe vir jou altyd hou en dit was Kersfees wat net so by jou verby sou gaan as iemand nie vir jou gesê het dis Kersfees nie. One het net daar in die pad bymekaar gekom. Padre Goodenough bet vir ons gebid. Dit was Kersfees. Nuwejaar het, ons ook die aand 'n diens gehou wat bygewoon is deur ons UNITA-manne; saam net ons kom kerkdiens hou - Johnnie. Die Nuwejaarsdiens was vir my 'n treffende diens - al ons Jode het dit ook bygewoon ek het een van hulle daai aand gevra, "en nou, as julle hierdie diens bywoon hoe nou?" Toe sê hy vir my, "Nee, kapt, in hierdie tye is daar net een ding wat tel en dis 'n God. Maak nie saak wie s'n dit is nie." Dit sal ‘n mens dan altyd van Luso onthou. Op Silva Porto het ons almal mekaar ontmoet toe hoor ons nee dis nie meer huis toe nie. Dis nou noorde toe. Ons is nou onder bevel van Orange. Ons het opgery tot naby aan Calucinga. Ons sou na Orange toe gegaan het toe verander die opdrag. Ek kan onthou op die dorp Calucinga het ons 'n Peugoet karretjie verbygegaan en daar die eerste mooi wit vroumens gesien in al daai tyd; Sweedse nonne - omtrent my hele mag het die pad verlaat en in die bosse beland - niemand wou verder aangaan met die storie. Daar omgedraai, teruggekom, toe verander die opdrag - toe moes ons bietjie meer noordwes uitwyk. Omgedraai en teruggekom en by die kruispad by Chilala geslaap en daarvanaf die volgende oggend beweeg tot by Mungo. Dit was die dorp hoog op die berge ....

= Toe is daar 'n bergreeks wat Cela en julle geskei het van mekaar? =

= Dis waar Foxbat ontplooi was; by hierdie hoë berg, net agter die nek? =

+ Loop die berg Noord na Suid? +

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het eenvoudig aangehardloop en in sy kar geklim en aangehou met die vuurgeveg. Ons net op die ou einde die vuurgeveg gewen - hulle geforseer om terug te trek. Ons het ook teruggetrek. Kapt Muller het toe eers die panteerkar totaal verwoes - die Eland-pantserkar wat die myn getref het. Hy het toe een van daai 500 lb bomme wat ons nog al die tyd saamgery het in die kar gesit en toe het ons met een van ons eie karre op die ding geskiet van 'n afstand terug en hom so totaal vernietig. Ons het toe daar teruggetrek; daar gesit weer, toe opdrag gekry om terug te gaan na - Luso toe. Toe het die oorlog vir ons baie deurmekaar begin raak. Teruggery Luso toe en 'n paar dae daar gebly. Toe kry ons die opdrag om terug te trek Silva Porto toe. Daar net ons baie swaar afskeid geneem van genl Chivale en ou Johnnie wat toe op daai stadium die hele tyd saam met ons gebly net, tussen ons geslaap net, saam met ons honger gely, saam sigarette gesteel het. Ons het hulle gegroet. Ons het ook geweet hulle gaan nie meer baie lank hou daar nie.

= Het hulle vir julle enige raad gevra? =

Ja, wel, ons ken on daai stadium basies niks sê nie. Dit was vir hulle duister hoekom ons wegtrek. Ons net ook nie genoeg insae gehad oor wat presies aangaan nie, want toe is die OAE-dinge aan die gang en so aan. Ons het toe teruggetrek - 'n geweldige rit gehad, want toe ry ons al die pad terug tot op Silva Porto. Dis nie eintlik 'n pad nie. Ons het op spore gery, deur watervalle teen koppe op. Baie gereën; baie moeilik gery. Op Silva Porto gekom en die eerste ding wat ons hoor is dat ons huis toe gaan. Daai Sondag op Silva Porto is brig Potgieter dood - wat ons kommandements-bevelvoerder was in die Vrystaat. 'n Groot slag vir ons gewees.

Die toe waar die helikopter aigeskiet is. Daar was ook groot ontmoetings. Ons net mekaar gesien weer. Die eskadronbevelvoerder ....

= Wie is toe op Silva Porto ? =

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van die Noorde at. Toe gee die kmdt my opdrag om ‘n mag saam te stel op te stel op te gaan en die brug oor die Lumejerivier noord van Lumeje op pad na Muuango toe te gaan vernietig. Ek het die task vir kapt Muller gegee en hulle is toe weg. Op pad na die brug toe - omtrent die laaste 700 meter na die brug - het die pad 'n skerp draai gemaak. Daar is staf-sersant Fletcher se kar vernietig deur 'n myn. Ons het toe gedink Fletcher is daarmee heen (ek het oor die radio geluister) en toe ons weer kyk, toe stap Fletcher-hulle daar uit. Dis een van die wonderwerke dat daai man en al drie sy bemanning daar uitgekom het. Hy het ook niks oorgekom nie. Toe ontplooi ons van die pad af. Ons moes die myne skoonmaak, maar toe sit ons met die probleem, toe ons afgaan van die pad (hy is ook so steil opgebou) en met die nat paaie kon one nie weer met die pantserkarre opkom nie plus daar was 'n groot donga en kon ons nie verder gaan nie. Toe gaan die genie-mense toe maar vorentoe en begin skoonmaak. Toe hulle by die brug kom, het hulle geweldig vuur gekry van anderkant af; van die dorp Muungo af. Dit was lt Stoffel de Wet, lt van der Merwe (ek dink ons het hom Smiley genoem) en 'n paar van die genietroepe. Omdat hulle met die myne gewerk het, het hulle nie wapens saamgedra nie. Toe is hulle vasgepen deur die vuur.

= Watse vuur was dit? =

Masjiengeweervuur en mortiervuur. Dit was die mediummasjiengewere; die 14,7 masjiengewere wat van anderkant geskiet het. Sonder om opdragte uit te reik .... Dis waar kpl K.B. Piccione wat die voorste kar gehad het, uitgespring het, oor die pad gehardloop het deur al daai vuur ek dink vir 250 meter vorentoe, na die brug. Toe net hy vuur gelewer met sy R1. Met sy getelde skote - eerste elf skote - het hy nege van die masjiengeweer-bemanning doodgeskiet aan die anderkant. In die tyd wat dit aangaan het lt De Wet nog steeds myne uitgehaal. Al die myne uitgehaal en terugbeweeg onder die dekkingsvuur. Piccione het ook teruggehardloop. Hy was maar net nie bestem om doodgeskiet te word nie. Hy het op stadiums so in die stof weggeraak sê hulle van die vuur om hom maar as jy weer kyk dan kon hy daaruit. Hy

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paar dae vroeër uit om die brug te gaan bou oor die Lumejerivier - 'n manjifieke genietaak alhoewel dit nie iekker was om oor die ding te ry nie - die hele ding het so geskud en gerol .... By Lumeje het hulle weer vir ons gesit en wag - toe ons die middag ontplooi om in te gaan, net hulle op ons vuur geopen - goeie vuur. Ons net gesukkel om UNITA oor die .... Ek is toe oor met die pantserkarre en ons is toe anderkant. Toe wil UNITA nie aankom nie, want hulle het gesê die brug is te gevaarlik en daar moes kmdt Joubert eerste voor hulle oor die brug stap on hulle te kry om .... om hulle oor die brug te kry. Ek is toe terug om hom te help. Daar het 'n mortierbom toe langs die brug ontplof en my in die rivier gegooi - papnat. Daar het padre Goodenough gedink ek is van my kop af. Ek is toe nat en toe rapporteer die pantser-karre hulle is in die dorp - die manne vlug, alles is "allright" en ek besluit toe, wel, ek is nou nat, ek is in die rivier, hier is 'n goeie tyd om te bad. Toe haal ek 'n koekie seep uit en ek trek uit en ek bad. Toe dog die padre daar vir 'n paar oomblikke, ek het nou genoeg gehad van die oorlog en my trollie het my so pas verlaat - hy kon nie verstaan dat ek nou hier in die geveg staan en was nie. Ons het die aand op Lumeje geslaap. Die volgende oggend het ons begin met die aanmars verby Casai Gare. Ek dink ons het in die omgewing van ... in hierdie omgewing van ... in hierdie omgewing geweldige probleme ondervind met brûe wat gebrand is. Elke keer te stop en bome saag en probeer brûe bou. UNITA het op daai stadium 'n paar nuwe bevelvoerders bygekry - die ouens se name was Moses Tjiromba en Paul Jeremia. Toe het hulle vir ons gesê hulle ken 'n pad wat deur die Naçional Da Cameia Parque gaan. Toe draai ons om en ons net deur die Naçional Da Cameia .... Nou dit was een groot amaramba; 'n groot grasvlakte - die lieflikste plek wat jy nog ooit gesien het ....

+ Is sit nou suidelik? +

Suidelik - 'n lieflike stuk aarde en vreeslik plat. Daar ingery en ons was halfpad daarin toe kry one opdrag om te stop, net waar one is. One was daar takties baie ongesond en maar oor die groot vlakte versprei - die manne het nie baie rustig daar geslaap nie. Ek dink as ‘n vliegtuig ons daar gevang het, het nie een van ons daar lewendig ultgekom nie, maar toe is ons bekommerd oor iets

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geslaap die aand. Toe, die volgende oggend, toe sit ons af na Cassamba toe. One het Cassamba geslaan ....

+ Dis toe in in westelike rigting +

In 'n westelike rigting. Ons het Cassamba geslaan op die 20ste December - vroeg die oggend - seker omtrent tienuur. Daar het hulle vir ons gesit en wag maar ook weer baie dom - om die dorp gesit en verdedig. One het van hoë terrein afgekom op die dorp, absolute 100% sig gehad. Ons kon die kanonne ideaal ontplooi.
Ons net hulle absoluut gemaai daar onder die vuur, want hulle moes opdraande opskiet na ons toe terwyl ons akkuraat kon skiet met die pantserkarre van bo af ....

= Hoeveel was daar omtrent? =

Ek skat daar was omtrent 'n 100 MPLA. Ons net daar getel 27 lyke - daar was twee UNITA dood in die aanval. One net geen ongevalle gehad nie. Daar het ons gevat 3 kaste vuurpylammunisie, 2 kaste Rooi Oog-ammunisie, 6 kaste 60mm mortierammunisie, 54x 75mm terugslaglose kanonne, 20 kaste kieingeweerammunisie, 1 kas 81mm mortiere, 4 kaste kleingewere - AK 47 - een 81mm mortier kompleet, 10 RPG's kompleet en 'n groot hoeveeiheld mediese voorrade.

= Was dit die RPG7 wat hulle daar gehad het? =

Ja. Dit was soveel ammunisie en buitgemaakte goed daar dat ons ongeveer 100 tot 150 UNITA soldate moes agter los om hierdie goed op vragmotors te kon kry terug Luso toe. Ons is toe terug Luso toe en het sonder enige probleme op Luso aan gekom. Ek dink wat in my oë die suksesvolste deel van die operasie was - dit was baie lekker - 'n mens het 'n geleentheid gehad om te baklei soos wat jy opgelei is om te baklei - verliese toegedien waar ons wou - vinnig opgevolg waar ons moes. Daar deel van die operasie was vir my die lekkerste deel van die operasie. Terug Luso toe, toe kom die groot ding - Ooste toe. Toe daar weg - die hele lot – aangemars - ons het daar .... Kapt Muller is 'n

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