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08-28-2012, 08:14 AM
The South African Border War
The South African Border War, commonly referred to as the Angolan Bush War in South Africa, was a conflict that took place from 1966 to 1989 in South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Angola between South Africa and its allied forces (mainly UNITA) on the one side and the Angolan Armed Forces (FAPLA), South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), and their allies mainly Cuba on the other. It was closely intertwined with the Angolan Civil War and the Namibian War of Independence.

This List of operations of the South African Border War details the military operations conducted by the South African Defence Force during the South African Border War:

Operation Savannah (1975)
Operation Bruilof (1978)
Operation Seiljag (1978)
Operation Reindeer (1978)
Operation Rekstok (1979)
Operation Safraan (1979)
Operation Sceptic (Smokeshell) (1980)
Operation Vastrap (July 1980)
Operation Klipklop (1980)
Operation Vasbyt (1981)
Operation Konyn (1981)
Operation Carnation (1981)
Operation Protea (1981)
Operation Daisy (1981)
Operation Kerslig (1981)
Operation Super (1982)
Operation Meebos (1982)
Operation Drama (1983)
Operation Phoenix (1983)
Operation Askari (1983)
Operation Boswilger (1985)
Operation Egret (1985)
Operation Argon (1985)
Operation Wallpaper
Operation Alpha Centauri (1986)
Operation Modular (1987)
Operation Hooper (1987 / 1988)
Operation Packer (1988)
Operation ****e (1988)
Operation Vuiswys (1988)
Operation Displace (1989)
Operation Linger (1989)
Operation Agree (1989)

08-29-2012, 02:19 AM
So this is it?

Planning on giving more info on them?

Cpl Kat
08-29-2012, 08:43 PM
1. Operation Savannah (1975)

My one and only tour. This Ops ran into the early part of 1976 BTW.

Some info about Ops Savannah here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Savannah_%28Angola%29

It explains the circumstances surrounding the withdrawal of Portugal from Angola and the subsequent Civil war and how South Africa and Cuba became involved in the conflict.

08-29-2012, 10:57 PM
So this is it?

Planning on giving more info on them?

Refere to my other post in this forum.

To mention all the vast amount of information available will be a huge task. I will attached a sub-section of a presentation that I did 4 years ago, which will give you some better insight into this largely unknown 23 year long battle. The Battle of Cuito Canavale was the biggest battle since El Alamein on the African continent, and the Cuban/MPLA/Russian/Warsaw Pact buildup was tremendous, with 3x Russian top-generals and 2x Cuban generals leading the attack.

Needless to say - their asses were kicked, Cuba will deny it at every time to save face. The information will be included. One of those 2 Cuban generals - he was executed in Havana for fleeing before the enemy[South African forces] and the other escaped with a light aircarft to Florida[USA] - to date the highest Cuban to have escaped to the West.

08-30-2012, 03:12 AM
Thanks for replies gents, will be interesting to read more about this.