SA, Angola, SWA & Rhodesian Border / Bush War 1966-1988

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The many faces of war... Many speak easily of going to war - but in all probability these people have never seen a brother, a friend, a father or a child shot to pieces.... In my lifetime. my schoolmates of 18 & 19 years, did. "The Bush war claimed many lives, leaving scars in the landscapes of the conflict zones - and the hearts and minds of those involved." Shadows & Dust video".

Maritha Bester
South African Army - Parabat / Recce instructor lanyard was sold for on 9 Nov at by armybooks in Johannesburg Military Life, Military History, Johannesburg City, Army Medic, West Africa, South Africa, Africa People, Military Special Forces, Brothers In Arms
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Still energy for a smile!   Echo Company, 1 Parachute Battalion foot-slogging back to Eenhana.  FB page WE SERVED WITH PRIDE Once Were Warriors, South African Air Force, Army Day, Military Training, Training And Development, Defence Force, War Photography, Paratrooper, Vietnam Veterans

Still energy for a smile! Echo Company, 1 Parachute Battalion foot-slogging back to Eenhana. FB page WE SERVED WITH PRIDE

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The Mortar Pit inside the ruins of Fort Roçadas, Xangongo, Ops Protea Defence Force, Military Photos, Cold War, Armed Forces, South Africa, Fighter Jets, Army, African, Landscape

The 81mm Mortar Pit inside the ruins of Fort Roçadas, Xangongo, Ops Protea 1981.

Seasoned Combat Veteran with the face of a boy. Here we see a very Paraat looking Anti-Tank Gunner taking a break while on patrol. Once Were Warriors, Troops, Soldiers, Brothers In Arms, Defence Force, Ol Days, Military Life, My Land, Special Forces
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Seasoned Combat Veteran with the face of a boy. Here we see a very Paraat looking RPG-7 Anti-Tank Gunner taking a break while on patrol.

Geweerskutter opleiding. LMG 1 VAT OOR BY LMG 2  DAN WORD AMMO BANDE EN LOPE OOK NOG GERUIL,,,DIS N UP AND UNDER ROL BEWEGING WAT VINNIG GEBEUR,DIE MAN WAT BAND VOER MOET LINKS BLY,,, Amazing foto!  Met dank aan:  Just Army Photos & Stories FB

Geweerskutter opleiding. LMG 1 VAT OOR BY LMG 2 DAN WORD AMMO BANDE EN LOPE OOK NOG GERUIL,,,DIS N UP AND UNDER ROL BEWEGING WAT VINNIG GEBEUR,DIE MAN WAT BAND VOER MOET LINKS BLY,,, Amazing foto! Met dank aan: Just Army Photos & Stories FB

SADF foot soldiers during border war. Military Art, Military History, Once Were Warriors, Army Day, Brothers In Arms, Military Pictures, Korean War, African History, Special Forces
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Marine Patrol leaving Wenela Base

SWA Spes SWATF Motor Cycle Troops somewhere in the Operational Area. West Africa, South Africa, Defence Force, We Are Young, Cold War, World War I, Military History, Armed Forces, Troops
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SWA Spes SWATF Motor Cycle Troops somewhere in the Operational Area.

Somewhere on the Border - on a lighter note they could be waiting for a trunk call.

Members of the SADF’s 61 Mech Batn take a rest during the fighting on the Lomba riv Angola 1987. Having just written a High School matric - barely 18 or 19 years old – have just shattered the Angolan/Cuban coalition’s mech offensive. Fighting in Ratel Infantry vehicles against Russian T 55 Tanks The “thousand yard stare” brought about from fatigue and extensive exposure to combat, ageing them well beyond their years. Thank you to the 61 Mechanised Battalion veteran fraternity for the image.

35 x 228mm Twin-Barrel Oerlikon Anti-Aircraft Gun in action.  Credit:  WE SERVED WITH PRIDE:  South Africans in the Military 1939-1994

35 x 228mm Twin-Barrel Oerlikon Anti-Aircraft Gun in action. Credit: WE SERVED WITH PRIDE: South Africans in the Military 1939-1994

Photograph from a captured enemy camera shows SWAPO/PLAN fighters at Cassinga. The vehicle in the picture is a 1964 model military version Pinzgauer Steyr-Puch Haflinger troop carrier. Photo: WE SERVED WITH PRIDE FB PAGE Steyr, Cuban, Troops, South Africa, Motorcycles, Pride, Photograph, African, Military
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Photograph from a captured enemy camera shows SWAPO/PLAN fighters at Cassinga. The vehicle in the picture is a 1964 model military version Pinzgauer Steyr-Puch Haflinger troop carrier. Photo: WE SERVED WITH PRIDE FB PAGE

81mm Mortar Bomb White Phosphorus, bursting on the target. Evil stuff but extremely effective. Photo:  WE SERVED WITH PRIDE FB PAGE

81mm Mortar Bomb White Phosphorus, bursting on the target. Evil stuff but extremely effective. Photo: WE SERVED WITH PRIDE FB PAGE

Remember 81199878BG Rifleman Willem Jacobus Du Randt from 3 SAI Oscar Company (Mortars) who was Reported Missing on 07 April 1985 after being attacked by a crocodile approximately 1km below the Epupa Falls where he and others in his section were swimming. He has no known grave and remains unaccounted for. He was 20. This picture shows the Memorial service held for him near the Epupa Falls by members of his Section. After the Memorial Service, the wreaths were cast into the water.

Remember 81199878BG Rifleman Willem Jacobus Du Randt from 3 SAI Oscar Company (Mortars) who was Reported Missing on 07 April 1985 after being attacked by a crocodile approximately 1km below the Epupa Falls where he and others in his section were swimming. He has no known grave and remains unaccounted for. He was 20. This picture shows the Memorial service held for him near the Epupa Falls by members of his Section. After the Memorial Service, the wreaths were cast into the water.