South African Olifant MK1a tanks being readied for the last coventional phase of the Angolan War. Operation Modular handover to Operation Hooper crews. Mavinga, Angola, December 1987. [960x637]
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Terrain - The African Bush of the Angolan Border
The sparsely populated African bush was both the backdrop for the South African Border War and the geography that shaped the development of the SADF war fighting doctrine and the design of the vehicles that they used to execute it. Their wheeled vehicles that formed the flying column of operation Savannah and many of the later cross border operations of the war had a profound effect on modern doctrine, force structues and vehicle design that now underpins the operating concepts of a variety…
Olifant Mk1B south african main battle tank
The Olifant Mk1B is today's South Affrican Defence Force main battle tank, developed from the modified Centuriion by Denel. 44 are currently in service.
Photos show US-backed troops fighting Communists in Angola
Photographs show how the Cold War spilled into the African bush as rival forces battled for control of oil-rich Angola in south-western Africa.