South African Troops during the Border War or also known as the Bush War.

South African Troops during the Border War or also known as the Bush War.

SADF squad on patrol in 1977 during the Border War. Nice depiction of the Nutria Brown uniform, R1 rifles, and pattern 70 webbing.

SADF squad on patrol in 1977 during the Border War. Nice depiction of the Nutria Brown uniform, R1 rifles, and pattern 70 webbing.

South African RECCES operator during a free fall jump.

South African RECCES operator during a free fall jump.

The African wars of the 1960s-1990s are an under appreciated study in COIN.

The African wars of the 1960s-1990s are an under appreciated study in COIN.

SADF research: 'Terry the Lion', was a lion who - as a cub - found his way to Fort Doppies, where he was adopted by the Special Forces Operators. 'Terry is the only lion so far to have been awarded Honorary Operator Status by the South African Special Forces'. Thank you to : http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=227783 This image and the story belong to you ( But I am thinking of 'borrowing' this lion and including him in my fictional tale...

SADF research: 'Terry the Lion', was a lion who - as a cub - found his way to Fort Doppies, where he was adopted by the Special Forces Operators. 'Terry is the only lion so far to have been awarded Honorary Operator Status by the South African Special Forces'. Thank you to : http://www.falfiles.com/forums/showthread.php?t=227783 This image and the story belong to you ( But I am thinking of 'borrowing' this lion and including him in my fictional tale...

Going back after completing national service. Exciting but what awaits you, another war to establish yourself among people who doesn't understand you, who has no discipline, suddenly the order is gone and you have to survive on your own.

Going back after completing national service. Exciting but what awaits you, another war to establish yourself among people who doesn't understand you, who has no discipline, suddenly the order is gone and you have to survive on your own.


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I picked this up in SA, it looks like an interesting read. Luckily it advertises that it gives both sides of the conflict, and a Cuban perspective as well. Despite being a hot-button issue (which I understand) the African wars of the 1960s-1990s are an under appreciated study in COIN.

I picked this up in SA, it looks like an interesting read. Luckily it advertises that it gives both sides of the conflict, and a Cuban perspective as well. Despite being a hot-button issue (which I understand) the African wars of the 1960s-1990s are an under appreciated study in COIN.

sadf special forces recce, Steyr SSG-69 with the recces

sadf special forces recce, Steyr SSG-69 with the recces

Rhodesia: The Ultimate Photographic Resource for operators operationally operating. Tactically.

Rhodesia: The Ultimate Photographic Resource for operators operationally operating. Tactically.

The Battalion,                             which also became known as the most successful counter insurgency unit of the SADF, was comprised mainly of former FNLA and other anti-communist fighters from Angola who had sworn allegiance to the South African government. Together with their South African officers, these troops forged a formidable Battalion that became known as the best operational Battalion of the South African Defence Force – if not one of the best in the world.

The Battalion, which also became known as the most successful counter insurgency unit of the SADF, was comprised mainly of former FNLA and other anti-communist fighters from Angola who had sworn allegiance to the South African government. Together with their South African officers, these troops forged a formidable Battalion that became known as the best operational Battalion of the South African Defence Force – if not one of the best in the world.

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